A production of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” at Utah Valley University this week aims to present the play through the lens of intimate partner violence.

The 75-minute adaptation of the classic comedy in partnership with UVU’s Theatre Arts Guild club and United States Institute for Theatre Technology chapter tells the story of Katherine’s abusive relationship with her husband, according to director Shelby Noelle Gist.

“Intimate partner violence affects more people than we know, in fact it affects one in three women in the United States and one (in) seven men,” Gist wrote in a message to the Daily Herald. “Not only has this been the platform we have decided to use, the actors have given such great care to tell the story from all perspectives.”

Gist said the play features a fully female production team, assembling nine women from nine respective design fields who used their “skills and passion to elevate the importance of the story.”

“I am so incredibly proud of this cast and the work and dedication they have put into the show, not only professionally and artistically, but loving this story from every possible angle,” Gist said. “They have taken every possible moment to well-nourish these characters to create a story that audiences could learn from and empathize with.”

Performances are set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with an additional matinee Saturday at 2 p.m., at the UVU Center Stage in Orem. UVU is located at 800 W. University Parkway, Orem. Tickets are available for $10-$15 each online at uvu.universitytickets.com.

Sarah Harris