HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University will present the Appalachian Shakespeare Project production of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” for a three performance run beginning July 8. Originally, set to open on July 1, the first weekend of shows were cancelled due to the sudden and untimely death of Assistant Professor of Theatre Mark McGinley.
McGinley, 37 of Jacksboro, Tennessee, passed away on June 29. At the time of his death, McGinley was preparing to debut the second adaptation. With the blessing of his family, the cast will dedicate their performances to McGinley.
The production will be presented outside in Russell Berkau Park in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Performances will take place at 6 p.m. nightly from July 8-10. Admission is free and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating and refreshments from home.
The Appalachian Shakespeare Project is a part of LMU’s Arts In the Gap summer programming. Dr. Natalie Spar, assistant professor of English at LMU, has adapted the Bard’s classic into Appalachian dialect, translating the dialog and changing the setting to East Tennessee.