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  January 16th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

One of the rare finds in Meryl’s career is the 1981 documentary “Kiss Me, Petruchio”, a behind-the-scenes look at the Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Taming of the Shrew” in 1978, starring Raul Julia and Meryl Streep. As I’m sure many are interested in seeing more from this programme, a lenghty excerpt has been added to the video archive. New screencaptures in better quality (although quality is quite a word for an old 1980s tape) have been added to the image library as well.

Watching the documentary on “The Taming of the Shrew” reminds you of two things – first, what a great institution the Public Theater and its annual Shakespeare in the Park is. It opens its doors for the public to watch classic theater for free, boasting performances and plays that are still being mentioned for their brilliance decaded later. And secondly it shows why Meryl has been hailed for her stage work early on. Here, at 29 years old (the play was performed in 1978) she is energetic and intelligent in her interview – and a force of nature on the stage.





  • Julia

    Thank you so much for your generosity by sharing this gem! I’ve watched some teeny bits of the documentary on Bardfilm, and have been searching for more ever since. Everyone who owns one, seems to be garding his copy with his life though.
    Such a powerful presence and energy she already has.
    (If you could somehow fix the audio of what seems to be one of the fiercest acting bits I would be forever grateful.)

  • Clark sydor

    its very good , but you dont hear the audio between 00.53-02.24 also its very low audio when you do , but i love it , hope it can be fixed , thanks.

  • Pernilla

    I smiled when watching it :-) Faces she makes and the gestures she uses when talking and explaining things we can still see her doing today in interviews and in films!

  • santiago

    Love the video, thank you so much.

  • Jane

    This is fantastic! I really enjoyed the video and I also love the audio section. Thanks for all the hard work!

  • Frederik

    I’ll check and try to fix it, thanks for letting me know!

  • Simona

    Is it normal that from 00:53 to 02:24 there is no audio?
    Anyway, thanks for this update. This video is a gem!