Returning to a role can be like seeing an old friend. There are things that you know and remember, but some time has gone by and there are also some new things to discover. Actor David Quicksall is returning to the role of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and he couldn’t be happier to revisit that rascally rogue. Turn up the volume and listen to why Dave relishes playing Petruchio.
News About The Taming of the Shrew
Bollingbroke, Don Pedro, Brutus, Autolycus, Petruchio, Don Armado. This is just a partial list of the characters that David Quicksall has played for Seattle Shakespeare Company. It’s quite a wide range, and David has directed our productions of The Tempest and Coriolanus. He’s returning to a favorite role, Petruchio, in our revival of the Wooden O production of The Taming of the Shrew. Turn on the sound and take a listen to what David has to say about performing Shakespeare.
It’s been four years Seattle Shakespeare Company produced its Wooden O trailer park version of The Taming of the Shrew and for many of the cast members, it was like having a family reunion. When we first announced that we were remounting the production this season, the cast members started sending emails to one another, writing in the voice of their character. At the first rehearsal, some of them even wore parts of their costumes from four years ago. It obviously struck a chord not only with the cast but with audiences as well as it ranks as one of the best attended Wooden O shows in history.
We knew that a lot of people didn’t get a chance to see the show when it was originally produced, and since we wanted to kick off Wooden O’s 20th Anniversary in big way, we decided to bring back the fun and beloved trailer park Shrew.
It’s basketball tournament time and the brackets are out, so we have decided to create a little competition of our own. It’s your chance to cheer on and vote for your favorite characters from the plays in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s current season. Each play will have an ultimate winner who will go up against the winners of the other plays until a final victor is chosen. Will Cleopatra beat out Nora from A Doll’s House? How about a battle between Don Armado from Love’s Labour’s Lost and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew?
Our first round of voting (see below), with 16 characters from this season’s plays, closes at midnight on Sunday, March 24.
Round 2, with your chosen 8, opens Tuesday, March 26 with voting closing on Friday, March 29.
Your final four character choice vote begins Tuesday, April 2 and comes to a close Friday, April 5.
Finally, the championship voting begins Monday, April 8 before coming to a close on Friday, April 12. The results of the championship bout will be announced Monday, April 15.
So who’s your favorite? Start voting and spread the word!
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Antony and Cleopatra
A Doll’s House
Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Taming of the Shrew
If you’re in the men’s dressing room at Seattle Shakespeare Company, you’ll know which place by the mirror is David Quicksall’s since it’ll have a GI Joe lunchbox nearby. “I was a furious GI Joe player when I was a kid,” said Quicksall who plays Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost and will reprise his role as Petruchio in our remount of The Taming of Shrew. “This is back when we had the 11 inch figures, not the little plastic dudes. The big guys with the Kung Fu grip and realistic hair. Every year I would get a new GI Joe because I would just play the hell out of them. And sometimes they would end up being dismembered or whatever. So anyway, one time I found a GI Joe lunchbox in the store and I had to have it. I don’t know why, I just did. And it’s not a lunch pail I had when I was a kid, I bought it as an adult. And so I use it as my makeup kit…my little GI Joe lunchbox.”
Right now, I’m on the third book of the Millenium Trilogy…The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books. I started reading those a while back and it’s my guilty pleasure right now…so I’m on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. It’s really pretty excellent.
My daughter, she’s 11…so I’m kind of listening to what she’s listening to. And she’s listening to a really odd amalgam of our complete musical library. She has all of our CD’s downloaded onto her computer and she plays them at random. So what I hear around the house is a song by The Beatles and then a song that’s a new age thing by Kitaro, and then I’ll hear Roy Orbison. So I’m kind of listening to what I always listen to, because I have a very eclectic taste, so it’s a combination of all those things. But I have to say that the cornerstone of my musical collection is The Beatles.
Well, I saw Lincoln. That was the last movie I saw. I don’t get out too much to the movies. We actually watched a documentary about the auditions for the remount of A Chorus Line. It was really interesting. Watching a documentary about dancers and performers auditioning has its own resonance with us, of course. What I really appreciated was the hell that these dancers have to go through to audition for a Broadway show and the kind of paces they’re put through…and I would never be able to do anything like that. But my admiration for musical theatre performers has always been pretty high.
Shakespeare Dinner Party
I would have to invite Armado. I would love to have him at the dinner. I think somebody like Bottom…I would love to hang out with Bottom. I think he’s such a great guy. And I would have to throw Macbeth in there as well. I think that would be a very interesting dinner party. I find Macbeth’s imagination really interesting…he’s a very imaginative guy. Granted, his imagination is very twisted and dark, but so is mine. So I think he and I could chat quite a bit about the power of…the dark. (laughs)