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Seg. 1: The Truce Flag | Seg. 2: Telling Frankenstein's Story | Seg. 3: The Taming Of Shakespeare

Segment 1: What if instead of the Confederate flag, the symbol of the Civil War was a worn out dish rag?

The current exhibit at H&R Block Artspace is about the little-known Confederate Flag of Truce, a dish towel used by Confederate forces to surrender the Civil War in Virginia in 1865. It's a counterweight to the more controversial Confederate flag, seen by many as a symbol of racism.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:29: The Rep's version of Frankenstein attempts to restore the purity of Mary Shelley's original book.

Inspired by Shelley's writing and her personal story, Kyle Hatley rejected the version of Frankenstein that Hollywood created. His version instead focuses on what we endure in life and the impact of storytelling.

Segment 3, beginning at 37:25: This all-female version of the Taming of the Shrew is a playful unraveling of the traditionally sexist Shakespeare plot.

Rising Tides Productions has created a version of The Taming of the Shrew for the Living Room Theatre that pokes fun at Shakespeare's chauvinism. The play is performed by women as part of a group therapy session.

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