Christine Freije is producing SHREW , a new work of theatre that explores what it means to be a woman in the modern world through the lens of Shakespeare’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. SHREW wrestles with Shakespeare’s text as a feminist, combining pieces of Shakespeare’s text, original devised movement phrases, original and found text, and live music. The use of classical text juxtaposed with contemporary forms of storytelling will mirror the way the past and the present, the feminist tradition and the traditions of the patriarchy, the classic conception of womanhood and contemporary ideas of gender-fluidity all collude to create an atmosphere of intense confusion, pressure, and sometime a crisis of identity for contemporary women. Christine will utilize the SBMA micro-grant to cover the cost of rehearsal space for this production.
BIO: Christine is a theatre artist based in Philadelphia. In addition to her work as a member of the emerging artists’ collective Reject Theatre Project, she has worked as an assistant director at the Arden, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, and the Berkshire Theatre Group and as an apprentice at the Walnut Street Theatre and Redfeather Shakespeare Company. Her work has been seen at festivals including She Directs: An Evening of Emerging Female Directors and the Philadelphia One-Minute Play Festival. Most recently, she returned to her alma mater, College of the Holy Cross, to direct a production of Kander and Ebb’s CHICAGO. This spring, she will assistant direct Theatre Horizon’s production of FULLY COMMITTED. She loves bringing people together to tell old stories in new ways.