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  • The Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala

    starring 3-time Tony Award Nominee
    Rebecca Luker


    February 14 at 6pm at GPAC
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Tennessee Shakespeare Company and WKNO in Memphis Awarded One of Ten WNET Grants in the United States to Partner for "Shakespeare Uncovered" in 2013

(December 17, 2012) Memphis, TN: Tennessee Shakespeare Company and WKNO public television/radio in Memphis, TN, are partnering January through May 2013 on a community-wide project to celebrate the works of Shakespeare and expose the community to his plays.

The two organizations will hold special events – such as screenings and workshops – produce special pieces for television and radio, and much more thanks to a national grant from WNET in New York for the PBS series, "Shakespeare Uncovered."

The partnership between TSC and WKNO is one of only ten such collaborations between public television stations and Shakespeare companies in the United States to receive the grant by WNET.

This special series will air Fridays, January 25 - February 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2, and the following Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10.

Shakespeare Uncovered airs Sundays, January 27-February 10 at 4:00 p.m., beginning January 27, on WKNO/Channel 10. It will also air the previous Fridays (January 25-February 8) at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Channel 910.

The six-part series will air in two-hour blocks over three weeks.

"Macbeth with Ethan Hawke" Sunday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"The Comedies with Joely Richardson" Sunday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"Richard II with Derek Jacobi" Sunday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"Henry IV and Henry V with Jeremy Irons" Sunday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, February 1 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"Hamlet with David Tennant" Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"The Tempest with Trevor Nunn" Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, February 8 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

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Broadway's most glorious soprano Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala for Education

(December 4, 2014) -- We are thrilled to announce that three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker will headline TSC's Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala performed at Germantown Performing Arts Center on February 14, 2015.

Ms. Luker's intimate hour-long show to benefit TSC's education program will feature her Broadway and Jerome Kern songbooks as well as stories from her fabled 30-year career.

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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.

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