Seventh Year Of Summer Shakespeare Coming To Concord University Campus

For Immediate Release: 
Jul 15 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.








ATHENS, W.Va. – The eternal battle of the sexes will take the stage as the Seventh Annual Appalachian Shakespeare Project at Concord University will perform The Taming of the Shrew.

Performances will take place on Concord’s Athens campus in front of the Alexander Fine Arts Center on July 28, 29, 30 and 31 at 6 p.m. An additional performance will take place on July 31 at 2 p.m. at Pipestem State Park’s amphitheater.

Admission is free to the family-friendly performances, however donations to ASP will be gladly accepted. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic lunches to the outdoor performances. Limited shelter and seating will also be provided. In case of rain, performances at Concord will be staged in the main auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

In keeping with the ASP tradition of switching between themes, this year’s performance of the comedy The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of the hot-tempered Katherine, played by Brittany McPherson, and her unconventional suitor Petruchio, played by Kris Payne.  Hilarious chaos ensues when these two forces collide.

Filled with non-stop slapstick and romantic farce, this is a play to delight the entire family.  The comedy is brought to life thanks to support of Athens, Princeton, and Bluefield community members who make up the ASP troupe and crew.  Many of the players and crew have returned to the ASP stage including: Brittney McPherson, Andrew Viskap, Madison Knight, Ginger Boyles, and others.

In her directorial debut, Summer Wilding of Bluefield has brought a modern sensibility to the stage, updating the action to the present day.

“Summer has done an extraordinary job of reimaging this classic comedy in the present day without sacrificing any of the poetry or comic sensibility,” said Dr. Gabriel Rieger, Associate Professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Concord University, as well as founder and Executive Director of The Appalachian Shakespeare Project.  “I think our audience is in for a real treat this summer.” 

The Appalachian Shakespeare Project at Concord University is a summer theater organization dedicated to bringing quality Shakespeare productions to southern West Virginia. This is the seventh year of the Project that began with the idea from Dr. Rieger, ASP’s resident dramaturge and one of its primary players, and Erin Bone-Steele as a way to bring the Concord and Athens community closer together by reviving an old tradition of summer Shakespeare performances originally started by former Concord professor Jim Lyle. 

According to Rieger, “The Appalachian Shakespeare Project provides families a fun evening out. They can pack a picnic lunch and some lawn chairs and let us entertain them. The Taming of the Shrew is a play that is extremely funny if it is done well, and our cast this year is really playing up the physical comedy.  Our director has updated the action to the present day to explore some of the connections between the play and our own time, although the language remains, as always, Shakespeare’s language.” 

For more information about performances, the Project, or how you can assist, call 304-384-5251 or 419-202-5230.  




Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.