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    directed by Dan McCleary
    playing through May 4 at Dixon Gallery & Gardens

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  • The Taming of the Shrew

    directed by Dan McCleary
    playing through May 4 at Dixon Gallery & Gardens

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    We'd like to extend a special thank you to our generous Season Six Sponsors and Partners.

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How did this get started?

An Epiphany


Dan McCleary, one of this country’s most renowned Shakespearian actors and directors, began searching the South a year and a half ago for a city that needed and wanted to support an outdoor Shakespeare Company. After visits to potential locations in several states, he returned to his childhood home of Memphis. His long-time mentor and friend Frank Bluestein convinced him to look at a secluded site in Germantown, a 14-acre wooded parcel in the heart of town, behind Morgan Woods Park on Poplar Pike.


The September Prelude Event hosted by The Dixon Gallery and Garden: Brittany Morgan and Gabriel Vaughan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the plans for 2008?

Launch Shakespeare into the woods


McCleary’s proposed site and plan garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic response from city officials. They decided to create a master plan for the area, which prevented the Shakespeare Company from launching on the site in 2008. This is where St. George’s Episcopal Church, Rev. Gary Sturni, and Barbara Apperson stepped in. They offered both the church and grounds along with the Apperson property as a temporary home-away-from-home for
one year to allow for a pilot season and testing of the idea. If all goes well this autumn…. the goal will be to move forward in Year Two with a larger plan and vision.

What is the larger plan and vision?

Magically Elizabethan, revelatory, and fun


An Arts Park. The original hidden parcel behind Morgan Woods allows for multiple access points on foot in a beautiful woodland already laced with trails in which scenes from each of Shakespeare’s plays would erupt, sculpture installations would rotate, children would act out plays they write, music practice sheds would sing out with violins and cellos, dancers would rehearse on an open-air platform, flower gardens would line the paths, and the trees would be lit up at dusk with pastel colors. Nestled within this activity, you would come upon an arbor, through which you would encounter a 600-seat natural outdoor amphitheatre with a 200’ x 200’ playing area for a performance that night of Macbeth played in 360 degrees. Horses ride in from stage-left, Macbeth murders the King stage-right, and Macduff’s avenging English troops arm far upstage under the sweet gum trees for their full-out assault on the Scottish Thane!

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Highlights of TSC's 2013-14 Season

Annual Report | July 2014

You helped make our Sixth Season one of our most successful and far-reaching years yet.

The season began in 2013 with our municipal government eliminating all of TSC's education funding for our community and then letting us know our office lease would not be renewed.

But take a look at what you helped us accomplish after that through June 2014...

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The National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest Award Tennessee Shakespeare Company with Prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities Grant for Second Year

(Memphis, TN; July 7, 2014) –  Arts Midwest has announced that Tennessee Shakespeare Company is one of just 40 theatre companies in the United States to receive its prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities grant for TSC's innovative Romeo and Juliet Project. This is the second consecutive year TSC has been awarded the grant as the youngest organization of the 40 theatres selected.

The grant is for $25,000, which TSC must match through private donations.

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Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE at all Thursday night performances when accompanied by a paying guardian.  Limit four per guardian.  Made possible by the Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

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Season Sponsors:

The Dunbar Abston Fund for Sustainable Excellence, Barbara B. Apperson and The Barbara Apperson Angel Fund, ArtsMemphis,
Nancy and Dan Copp, FedEx Corporation, First Tennessee Foundation's ArtsFirst,  Jack and Sandra Jones, Milton T. Schaeffer,
Ann and Wellford Tabor, the Family of Margaret and Owen Tabor, Sr.

Season Partners:
Dixon Gallery & Gardens,  Germantown Performing Arts Center/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, St. George's Episcopal Church

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a proud member of:
Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence       ArtsMemphis    logo-gacc          Tennesseans for the Arts     Tennessee Theatre Association