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Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s Southern Exposure Series Returns its Popular Tuesday Literary Salons for March and April featuring Kate Chopin and Young William Faulkner

Tuesday Literary SalonsAs part of its Southern Exposure Series, which features new and classic literature by Southern writers with Southern inspiration, Tennessee Shakespeare Company this spring returns to its popular Tuesday Literary Salons with the works of two form-breaking southern writers read in fun, intimate settings.

Each evening runs from 6:00-8:00 pm and features author-centric cocktails, tasty hors d'oeuvres (including cajun pork sliders, red beans & rice, and rumballs), thematic live music, and some of the best words ever written.

Kate Chopin: Louisiana Lullaby
featuring readings by Lorraine Cotten, Kim Justice, and Christina Wellford-Scott
The spirited drink: Bayou Cocktails
The live music: Robert Johnson and John Albertson with their Cajun strings
Tuesday, March 24 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Hosted by RS Antiques & Art in East Memphis (near the Half Shell)
700 S. Mendenhall, 38117

In his 1969 biography, Per Seyersted says Kate Chopin “broke new ground in American literature” in the 1890s.

“She was,” Seyersted writes, “the first woman writer in her country to accept passion as a legitimate subject for serious, outspoken fiction. Revolting against tradition and authority; with a daring which we can hardly fathom today; with an uncompromising honesty and no trace of sensationalism, she undertook to give the unsparing truth about woman’s submerged life.  She was something of a pioneer in the amoral treatment of sexuality, of divorce, and of woman’s urge for an existential authenticity.  She is in many respects a modern writer, particularly in her awareness of the complexities of truth and the complications of freedom.”

Ms. Chopin, posthumously acclaimed for her modern fiction not unlike Herman Melville who died un-famous, published two novels and 100 short stories.  Her 1899 masterwork, The Awakening, is a landmark novel that brings maturity to thematic feminism and introduces a realism and psychology to the American literary form that would inspire the works of Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitgerald, and Tennessee Williams.  However, at the time of publication, her novel was roundly criticized as “vulgar,” “disagreeable,” and “sordid.”  Born in St. Louis and writing in the bayous of Louisiana (where she also placed many of her stories), Ms. Chopin found popularity in her professional life in the publication of her short stories in magazines:  “The Storm,” “The Story of an Hour,” “A Pair of Silk Stockings,” and “A Respectable Woman” among them.  

Passages from some of these works, and others, will be read during the Salon.  Experience the poetic grace and unapologetic passion of the words of one of the South’s and our country’s most influential writers.

Young William Faulkner: Before the Fury
The spirited drink:  Juleps
The live music: Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart played on piano by Steven DiBlasi
Tuesday, April 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Hosted by Melia and Drew Murphy, MD in their Germantown residence

Before the “Old Colonel” became a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel Prize in Literature winner, he was a high school and Ole Miss drop-out who worked odd jobs and trained as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force as the first World War ended.  But he was also a poet seeking his voice in New Orleans and in the outskirts of Paris.  It wasn’t until he returned to his native north Mississippi that he began thinly fictionalizing in writing what and who he knew in his fabled Yoknapatawpha County (Oxford).  His early creations, famously, include The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying.  A man known both for this taste for and medicinal use of the bourbon julep, Mr. Faulkner would likely quite enjoy this Salon of sugared spirits and the readings of his earliest tales inspired by a land of quiet beauty and violently shifting cultures.

This season’s Literary Salons are sponsored by Nancy and Dan Copp and our friends at Prichard’s Distillery.  

Tickets are $55 per event, or $100 for both.  Your ticket buys you light appetizers (including cajun pork sliders, red beans & rice, and rumballs), cocktails, live music, and live readings of Southern literature beyond compare.  Seating is extremely limited, and parking is free.  Tickets are now on sale while they last.

To purchase tickets today, call the TSC Box Office at 901-759-0604 or go online: www.tnshakespeare.org.

News

  • Open Enrollment for Sixth Annual Shakespeare Training Camps
  • AC Wharton, Jr. Visits Romeo and Juliet Project in Action
  • Romeo and Juliet Project - 4th Year
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Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces
Open Enrollment for its Sixth Annual Shakespeare Training Camps Held at the University of Memphis in June

Dynamic Theatre Training for Youth

summer-camp-enrollmentMemphis, TN (March 26, 2015) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South's professional, classical theatre and education organization, is offering two unique, immersive Shakespeare Training Camps to be held for the first time on the campus of the University of Memphis this June.

TSC's Shakespeare Training Camps are open to students entering Grades 6-12. The one-week camp (The Play's The Thing: June 8-12) explores Shakespeare's As You Like It and is ideal for participants with little or no theatre experience. The cost per participant of the one-week camp is $250. Lunches are available for an additional charge.

The two-week camp (Young Players Training Intensive: June 15-26) is ideal for participants with a little more theatre experience. The cost per participant of the two-week camp is $500. Lunches are available for an additional charge.

Both camps run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday; and both camps are already one-third full. The final scene-sharings for each camp will be played on the Mainstage in the Theatre Building. Camp sessions will be held in the adjacent Communication and Fine Arts Building at the University of Memphis.

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Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. to Visit Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet Project in Action at East High School Monday, March 23

March 17, 2015 – Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. announced today he will observe first-hand Tennessee Shakespeare Company teaching and playing its Romeo and Juliet Project with 100 ninth graders in four simultaneous sessions at East High School on Monday, March 23 at 9:00 am.

“On behalf of TSC and our Board of Directors, I am so proud and honored to have Mayor Wharton joining our teachers in the classroom,” said Project creator and TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine.  “It was at the Mayor’s urging we created this Project, and I am excited for him to see his challenge come to positive life.”

pic-romeo-and-juliet-castTennessee Shakespeare Company began its nationally-recognized, four-part performance and in-school residency in the Memphis area in January.  The Project, now in its fourth year, brings a cast of eight professional actor-teachers into each Language Arts classroom at a participating school.  Students are guided by the actors to live the play’s urgent tragedy of young love amidst rage, experiencing its relevant story while ensuring that participating freshmen have a first exposure to Shakespeare that is active, rich, and rewarding.

As the teenagers in the play face armed violence, students discover positive actions available to them in their own lives in the face of real conflict.  Student post-Project assessments have recorded a 20% increase in students’ compassion as a result of their inclusion in The Romeo and Juliet Project, as well as a full letter grade increase, on average, in Language Arts classes.

The Residency concludes with an intimate performance by the actor-teachers of Romeo and Juliet, which encourages student participation.

By the end of March, The Romeo and Juliet Project will have performed the play 44 times in 27 Memphis area schools, and will have taught the Residency in 342 classroom visits in 11 schools.  At least 4,360 high school Freshmen will be reached and positively affected by The Romeo and Juliet Project.  That figure represents 34% of all freshmen in the Shelby County Schools system.

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pic-romeo-and-juliet-castTennessee Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Fourth Year of Nationally-Recognized ROMEO AND JULIET PROJECT

  • 27 Schools
  • 44 Performances
  • 342 Classroom Visits
  • 4,360 High School Freshmen


(January 15, 2015) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company has begun its nationally-recognized, four-part performance and in-school residency The Romeo and Juliet Project in the Memphis area this week, starting with Germantown High School and all of its 530 Freshmen.

The Project, now in its fourth year, brings a cast of eight professional actor-teachers into each Language Arts classroom at a participating school. Students are guided by the actors to live the play's urgent tragedy of young love amidst rage, experiencing its relevant story while ensuring that participating Freshmen have a first exposure to Shakespeare that is active, rich, and rewarding.

As the teenagers in the play face armed violence, students discover positive actions available to them in their own lives in the face of real conflict. The Residency concludes with an intimate performance by the actor-teachers of Romeo and Juliet, which encourages student participation.

By the end of March, The Romeo and Juliet Project will have performed the play 44 times in 27 Memphis area schools, and will have taught the Residency in 342 classroom visits in 11 schools. At least 4,360 high school Freshmen will be reached and positively affected by The Romeo and Juliet Project. That figure represents 34% of all Freshmen in the Shelby County Schools system.

Student post-Project assessments have recorded a 20% increase in students' compassion as a result of their inclusion in The Romeo and Juliet Project, as well as a full letter grade increase, on average, in Language Arts classes.

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