Shakespeare Untamed

By William Shakespeare and John Fletcher


Shakespeare Untamed! For the first time ever at PSF: a play by Shakespeare rehearsed by methods akin to those in Shakespeare's time. Actors arrive with their lines learned, rehearse on their own, wear what they can find, and open in a matter of days. No director, no designers. Just great actors, a lyrical and romantic play, and pure adrenaline and spontaneity. Two nobles - cousins who are best friends - fall in love with the same beautiful woman, leading to unexpected twists of fate.

Sponsor: Wills Hall Oblate Community

Co-Sponsor: Air Products


  • Prologues: join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain.

  • Meet the actors for a talk-back following the performance on Thursday, August 4.

  • Shakespeare Untamed

Meet the Artists




The Cast

Ian Bedford*

Jailer's Friend/Ensemble
Pete Danelski

Adam DeLancey

Andrew Kane*

Lauren Lovett*

Jailer's Daughter/Queen 1
Lauren Orkus*

Queen 2/Ensemble
Abbie Richards

Queen 3/Ensemble
Julia Stroup

Jailer's Brother/Ensemble
Ryan Yandersits

Direction & Design

Production Stage Manager
Stacy Renee Norwood

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The cast not only puts on a Shakespeare that's not typically performed (and more's the pity for that, the Bard might protest), but makes it memorable. From scratch."

The Morning Call

"A spirited romp…. Ian Bedford is a grand and heroic Theseus, Both Spencer Plachy as Arcite and Thomas Matthew Kelley as Palamon have a wonderful sense of comedy and timing."

The Bethlehem Press

"The approach seems to have freed the actors, given them a renewed measure of spontaneity and intensity."

"Ian Bedford and Lauren Lovett, as Duke Theseus of Athens and his bride-to-be Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, are delightful."

"Thomas Matthew Kelley and Spencer Plachy wonderfully plumb and spoof the cousin princes, Palamon and Arcite from Thebes, who vie for the affection of Emilia, played splendidly by Eleanor Handley."