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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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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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Richard III

pic-poster-richard-IIIthe tragedy by William Shakespeare

directed by David Demke
and featuring Dan McCleary

GPAC/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall

October 30, 31, and November 1, 2014
at 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor

PURCHASE TICKETS

 “I shall despair.  There is no creature loves me,
And if I die, no soul will pity me.”

Only THREE special Halloween performances!

TSC’s production of William Shakespeare’s early Morality Play raises history from the dead to put the notorious King Richard III on trial before you and the spirit world.  

Unearthed from a buried Friary just two years ago in Leicester, England, the painfully deformed 1485 skeleton of Richard now is brought to frightening life in a cadaver synod during which his murderous actions to the throne are reconsidered during the reverence of All Hallow’s Eve.  A soul still wandering between this life and the next, history’s notorious “bottled spider” has much more he would like for you to consider before passing final judgment on his actions that gained him the throne but have haunted him ever since.

David Demke (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) returns to TSC to direct the production with a stellar cast of eight actors, including the return of Caley Milliken, (TSC’s Ariel, Marc Antony, Lady Capulet, and Peaseblossom), Paul Kiernan (TSC’s Petruchio), Johnny Lee Davenport (TSC’s Prospero, Oberon, and Othello), and Artistic Director Dan McCleary as the “bunch-back’d toad.”

The creative team includes costumer Bruce Bui (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), lighting designer Jeremy Fisher (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Unto the Breach), and scenic designer Brian Ruggaber (University of Memphis, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

Free Will Kids’ Night is in effect for all performances: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian.  Seating is general admission.

Cast:

Rachel Brun (Lady Anne/Gray/Lovell)

Crash Buist (Richmond/Brakenbury/Rivers)

MaConnia Chesser* (Duchess/King Edward/Catesby)

Johnny Lee Davenport* (Hastings/Tyrell/Norfolk)

Craig Wesley Divino* (Buckingham/Dorset/Herbert)

Paul Kiernan* (Clarence/Stanley/Blunt)

Dan McCleary* (Richard III)

Caley Milliken* (Queen Elizabeth/Mayor/Ratcliffe)

 

Production Team:

David Demke+ (director)

Bruce Bui (costume designer)

Brian Ruggaber (scenic designer)

Jeremy Fisher (lighting designer)

Melissa A. Nathan* (stage manager)

Blakely Saucier (assistant stage manager)

Oliver Crawford (2nd asst. stage manager/swing)

 

* Member, Actors’ Equity Association

+ Member, Society of Stage Directors

 

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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.

 

Hear Dan McCleary's interview about Richard III with WKNO's Darel Snodgrass.

http://wknofm.org/post/tennessee-shakespeare-company-resurrects-richard-iii

 

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

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University of Memphis

International Paper
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Theatrical Rights Worldwide
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First Tenneessee Foundation


Season Sponsors:
Arts Memphis, Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, Nancy and Dan Copp, FedEx Corporation, Independent Bank, Ernest and Pat Kelly, Jr., National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest, Milton T. Schaeffer, The Family of Margaret and Owen Tabor, Ann and Wellford Tabor, and Tennessee Arts Commission.

Season Partners:
Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Theatrical Rights Worldwide,
and The University of Memphis.

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