The Tamer Tamed


Petruchio (300 lines), the original tamer of the shrew, now a widower who does not miss his acrimonious first marriage. He looks forward to his second wife being gentler and more compliant. Petruchio is concerned with his reputation as women-tamer extraordinaire, and is prone to bouts of ill temper, but genuinely wants Maria’s affection rather than mere obedience.

Maria (300 lines), the new second wife of Petruchio. Aware of her husband’s reputation for spousal treatment, once she is set on the course of commanding his respect by whatever means necessary, she does not waver, nor exhibit many scruples about her tactics.

Livia (150 lines), sister of Maria. Promised to old Moroso, whom she despises and abuses. In love with young Rowland, and intends to marry him, but is scared of premature discovery ruining her plans. Does not approve of Maria’s tactics, but soon enough realizes she needs the women’s help to succeed in her own marital aspirations.

Petronius (150 lines), father of Maria and Livia. Wants his daughters comfortably married off to money, and reacts to their continued non-compliance with bluster and threats.

Biancha (150 lines), cousin of Maria and Livia, and the brains of the operation. Persuades Maria to run her husband-taming campaign, and invents a trick to help Livia achieve her marital goals.

Moroso (100 lines), an old rich man, friend of Petronius, and Livia's suitor. He is aware of the age difference, and willing to forgive outright abuse at the least hint of the possibility his suit may succeed.

Rowland (150 lines), in love with Livia. Insecure and mistrustful, he expects Livia to abandon him for Moroso’s money despite her constant reassurances. Takes the least excuse to break up with Livia and swear off all love.

Sophocles (100 lines), a friend of Petruchio. That one friend who’s always there, which routinely places him on the front lines of Maria’s taming tactics.

Tranio (100 lines), a friend of Petruchio and Rowland. Helps Biancha with her plan to get Livia and Rowland together (while collecting on a bet in favor of this outcome).

Jaques (100 lines), Petruchio's servant. Pragmatic, perpetually harried, and often obliged to deliver bad news.

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