The Taming of the Shrew
Bapstina, a rich businesswoman of New York City
Katharina, older daughter
Petruchio, suitor to Katharina Bianca, younger daughter
Lucentio, suitor to Bianca
Gremio, suitor to Bianca
Hortensio, suitor to Bianca
Tranio, Lucentio’s best friend
A Widow, courted by Hortensio Vincentio, a businessman of California, Lucentio’s father Pedant, fake Vincentio
Passer-by A, B, C, D, E, F Haberdasher；Tailor
Josh, a male guest on wedding Ms. Ma, a female guest on wedding
SCENE 1. New York City. A Public Place.
(Enter Lucentio and his best friend Tranio)
Lucentio: Oh, New York City. Tranio, Tranio…
Tranio: I’m here.
Lucentio: Tranio, we made it, we made it. We are actually in New York City. It’s
amazing, you see, people here are so educated and, and…there are so many
place of interests--Statue of Liberty, Broadway, Twin Towers…oh man, I
can’t believe it.
Tranio: Yeah, thanks to your father’s understanding. I thought that he never let you to
be here to start your own career.
Lucentio: I know he wants me to take of his business, but I prefer to start my own.
Let’s stay here for a couple of days to visit grave citizens and breathe
Tranio: Yeah, on one hand, we admire moral discipline; on the other hand, we do not
have to reject beautiful girls. Look, Jesus, that girl is…
Lucentio: Yeah, I know, just be quiet!
(Enter Bapstina with his two daughters Katharina and Bianca,Gremio and Hortensio. Lucentio and Tranio stand by.)
Bapstina: Sorry, gentlemen. I can’t promise you. I’ve told you that I won’t allow
anyone to marry Bianca before my elder daughter gets married. Go, go,
go…just go home.
Hortensio: Mrs. Bapstina, I respect you, and I hope that we can be family one day. Bapstina: Oh, Hortensio, and Gremio, I forgot to say that if one of you propose to
Katharina, I will leave you court her at your pleasure without hesitation. Gremio: Proposal? I’d rather die. She is too rough to me.
Hortensio: God bless me!
Gremio: And me too, good Lord!
Bapstina: Gentlemen, I’ve got an idea. Go in, Bianca. I have more to chat with
gentlemen (Bianca exit). Gentlemen, I was wondering that if you can help
me. I want to hire a teacher for Bianca, if you know such, please let me
Hortensio: Definitely, it’s my pleasure, Mrs. Bapstina.
Gremio: Hortensio, although we are both suitors to Bianca, we should be united to
find Katharina a husband.
Hortensio: A husband? You gotta be kidding me.
Gremio: No, I’m not.
Hortensio: Nobody would possibly marry Katharina.
Gremio: You fool, if that crazy girl can’t find a husband first, then how can we marry
Hortensio: Yeah, it makes sense now. Dude, I gotta say that if I were Bianca, I will
choose you to be my husband. You are a genius.
Gremio: Hey, dude, you gotta be serious, I can’t be more straight.
Hortensio: Ease, man, I didn’t mean that.
Gremio: I know, I’m just kidding. Let’s go and find her a husband.
(Hortensio and Gremio exit)
Tranio: Oh, no, Lucentio, don’t tell me that you fell in love with that girl. Lucentio: Yeah, why not? She is so delicate and charming. Tranio: Oh, God.
Lucentio: Can you believe that? I fell in love with her at the very first sight of her.
And I know she is the one, she is the one…
Tranio: The one what?
Lucentio: The one that I’m gonna marry. I’m so happy, Tranio?
Lucentio: I’m going to marry this girl, and I know that you will help me. Tranio: Oh, yes, I’ll help you.
Lucentio: Come on! You are the only one can help me now.
Tranio: Okay, I’ll help you, but how?
Lucentio: How about this: I’ll be the tutor of this gorgeous under your name--Tranio,
and you will be a guy named Lucentio.
Tranio: But you can’t just walk over to her and tell the woman that you want to her
Lucentio: Don’t worry about that, one of my friends has friendship with Hortensio. I
can ask him for help. Is that OK with you?
Tranio: You are a genius.
Lucentio: I know. Let’s grab Bianca’s heart.
(Lucentio and tranio exit)
SCENE 2 Before Hortensio’s House
(Enter Petruchio and Passer-by A)
Petruchio: How is going? I haven’t seen you for ages.
Hortensio: Yeah, dude, I heard that you want a wife. Is that true? Petruchio: Yeah.
Hortensio: Here is the thing: I know a lady who is beautiful and rich, but she is little
Passer-by A: That not gonna be a problem. What he wants is a rich lady, no matter she
is old, ugly or bad-tempered.
Hotensio: Are you serious? A shrew?
Petruchio: I can’t be more serious. What I want is a woman with a lot of dowry. Hortensio: Really? I won’t marry her for a mine of gold. I’d rather die.
Petruchio: So, please introduce this lady to me.
Hortensio: Sure, her mother, Bapstina, is a rich businesswoman; and her daughter’s
name is Katharina.
Petruchio: Katharina, that’s a good name. She is not that bad.
Hortensio: Oh, yes, you won’t say that if you see her.
Petruchio: Whatever, thank you.
Hortensio: Don’t be excited too soon.
Petruchio: Come on, man. I won’t go home until I see her. And, to express my
appreciation, I hope you can be my best man at my wedding.
Hortensio: Oh, that’s my honor. But how can you be sure that you can possibly marry
Petruchio: Come on, dude, believe me.
Petruchio: Let’s go.
Hortensio: Good luck, dude, God bless you.
SCENE 3 A Room in Bapstina’s House
(Enter Katharina and hair-torn Bianca)
Bianca: Stop, sis, please, I beg you.
Katharina: You such a little, crazy bitch. How can you do this to me? Bianca: Do what? Sis, I can’t love you more.
Katharina: How dare you? Nobody loves me. But you have everything—beauty,
suitors and the mother’s love.
Bapstina: Not again, Kate, my darling.
Katharina: Go away. I don’t want to see you.
Bapstina: Stop bullying your sister.
Katharina: Don’t touch me. I hate you, you selfish, stupid, old woman. Bapstina: God, tell me what I’ve done to make you to treat me like this? Please tell
(Enter Petruchio, Lucentio, Tranio and Hortensio, Katharina and Bianca exit.)
Hortensio, Petruchio, Gremio: Good morning, Mrs. Bapstina.
Tranio: Good morning, Mrs. Bapstina. I’m Lucentio.
Bapstina: Good morning, gentlemen.
Petruchio: Nice to meet you, ma’am. I heard that your elder daughter Katharina is a
beautiful, young lady.
Hortensio: Petruchio, where’s your good manner? No hurry.
Petruchio: Mr. Hortensio! Mrs. Bapstina, I come from California and my father is also
a famous businessman just like you. And he told me that a businessman
should be frank and be honest.
Bapstina: Then, young man, what can I do for you?
Petruchio: Sir, I heard that you have a daughter named Katharina, right? Bapstina: So?
Petruchio: I’m here to propose to her.
Bapstina: I appreciate it that you can be frank and honest. But, I’m afraid that my
Kate is not good for you.
Petruchio: Ma’am, I can understand. But you know, I’m a man with wealth and status,
and I need a wife. Katharina is a beautiful, young lady, and she needs a
husband. I’m good-tempered, and she is rigorous. You see, we are born to be
Bapstina: Alright, alright, young man. Treat her nice.After my death the half of my
stocks and one million dollars are yours. Deal?
Bapstina: Well, the most important thing is her love, go and talk to her, young man. Hortensio: Good luck, dude.
Petruchio: I won’t let you down. I promise.
(Hortensio and Bapstista exit, enter Katharina.) Petruchio: Good morning, Katharina.
Katharina: Who are you? Get away.
Petruchio: Oh, I love your dress.
Katharina: Are you deaf or something? I said leave me alone. Petruchio: How about going out for a dinner?
Katharina: You crazy jerk, get out of my room.
Petrumio: Oh, Kate, honey. You are everything to me. Katharina: You are so disgusting.
Petrumio: Sweetheart, anyway, you will be my bride. Katharina: Oh, no, I’m not interested in any man. Go away.
Petrumio: So, you gay?
Katharina: No, I’m not a gay.
Petruchio: I know, darling, how can you possibly be gay without me? You are a sweet
angel to me and I can’t love you more.
Katharina: Who do you think you are?
Petruchio: Kate, you are so cute, I wonder if you can give me a big kiss. Katharina: Where did you learn all this goodly speech? It’s not gonna work on me. Petruchio: It is extempore, from my mother’s wit.
Katharina: You bastard! Do you know where a wasp wears its string? Petruchio: In its tail.
Katharina: In his tongue.
Petruchio: Whose tongue?
Petruchio: How come? Kate, honey. I’m a gentleman.
Katharina: That I’ll try.
(She strikes him)
Pretruchio: I swear I’ll kill you if you strike me again.
Katharina: If you strike me, then you are not gentleman.
Pretruchio: OK, well then. Kate, I love you. You see, we are born to be a couple. You
can’t marry anybody except me, because I’m born to tame you, Kate. And
bring you from a wild Kate to a household Kate.
(Enter Bapstina, Hortensio)
Bapstina: Now, gentleman, how are you going with my daughter?
Petruchio: Very good. I know I won’t let you down.
Bapstina: Oh, my sweetheart, aren’t you happy?
Katharina: How can you marry me to such a crazy man? What he told me is bullshit. Petruchio: Actually, Mrs. Bapstina. What you don’t know about Kate is that she is as
temperate as dove. And she just pretends to be shrewish. The truth is she is
not rude at all. And to conclude, we decided this Sunday is the wedding day. Bapstina: Oh, I’m too excited to say anything. God send you joy, Petruchio. Petruchio: My dear, Kate, how about giving me a kiss, we will be married on this
Hortensio: Was ever match clapped up so suddenly?
Bapstina: To be honest, young man. I’m a businesswoman, and I have to trade off my
fretting Kate desperately.
Hortensio: It can bring you fortune, but it can bring you nothing.
Bapstina: Oh, no, no, no. What I want is not benefit but peace.
Tranio: Ma’am, you see, I am the one loving Bianca more than words can be
Gremio: Hey, dude, don’t you know that girls hate childish man?
Bapstina: Gentlemen, no more argument. That can assure my daughter greatest dowry
shall have my daughter’s love.
Gremio: First, as you know, I have 10 percent stock of my father’s company.
Tranio: Mrs. Bapstina, I’m sure that you must have heard of GM. My
father is the CEO of GM. And I have 15 percent stock of GM. Gremio: I have three sets of villa in Hawaii.
Tranio: I have an oilfield located in Mid-East. And after our marriage, Bianca can
share everything I have.
Gremio: Mrs. Bapstina. I’m my father’s only son. My father has 30 percent stocks of
Microsoft, and I will get everything after his death.
Tranio: Mrs. Bapstina, listen to me, the famous BurjAl-Arab belongs to my father. Bapstina: Oh my god, did I hear you right, BurjAl-Arab?
Tranio: Yeah, BurjAl-Arab.
Bapstina: Mr. Tranio, as what I have promised to you, you may marry my daughter
Gremio: What the hell…? I quit.
Hortensio: Mrs. Bapstina, let me introduce Mr. Tranio to you. Mr. Tranio was the tutor
of one of my friends, he is very knowledgeable.
Lucentio: Nice to meet you ma’am. I’m Tranio.