In Jerusalem, a Gender-Bent Production of ‘Taming of the Shrew’

A community theater’s gender-bent production of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” features cross-dressing performance of the Bard’s classic comedy.

This week, Jerusalem’s own Theatre in the Rough company opens a two-week run of the Bard’s bawdy comedy in the verdant Bloomfield Park, just next to the King David Hotel. The nine performances, on August 10–24, are for all ages and free of charge (with a suggested donation of NIS 35).

The roving outdoor shows have become a yearly affair for locals, with audiences following the meandering actors around the grassy expanses of Bloomfield Gardens, much like New Yorkers do in Central Park.

“We actually wanted to follow that model, where you can bring the whole family, enjoy a show, and donate maybe $20,” said Beth Steinberg, co-founder of Theatre in the Rough and this play’s director.

“You win, the theater company wins, it’s good for everyone,” Steinberg said. Continue reading in The Times of Israel