Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces Seventh Season of Plays
(July 28, 2014) – – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, today announced its 2014-15 schedule of plays, which includes three by Shakespeare, the Southern Exposure Series, a continuing partnership with Dixon Gallery & Gardens, a new summer partnership with the University of Memphis, and a new Musical Works Festival sponsored by the Broadway licensing company of Memphis, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Color Purple, and All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley.
The season features performance programming year-round for the first time in TSC's history.
Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary plays the title role in Shakespeare's Richard III over Halloween in Germantown Performance Arts Center, followed by a festive musical hall production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in Dixon Gallery & Gardens in December. The Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala, with a Broadway headliner to be announced, plays February 14, 2015, in GPAC. The Tuesday Literary Salons return in the spring with Kate Chopin and William Faulkner. TSC then partners with the University of Memphis to present Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream on the University's mainstage during the solstice weeks of June. The U of M mainstage will also host the exciting Memphis>Broadway: A New Musical Works Festival in May, June, and August, sponsored by New York's Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
"For the first time in our organizational life, we are now able to present a wide-ranging performance season as we have been doing with our innovative, four-season education programs," says founder, Mr. McCleary. "This expansion is in line with our initial strategic plan, and it allows us to present important, all-new productions and projects in three distinct geographies for our patrons.
A New Musical Works Festival
a collaboration sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide
TSC’s partnership with the University of Memphis makes possible a very special collaboration sponsored by one of Broadway’s elite musical licensing companies, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW).
The team of collaborators (TSC, University of Memphis, and TRW) will launch Memphis>Broadway: A New Musical Works Festival from May through August 2015.
Part of TSC’s Southern Exposure Series, the high-profile Festival will select three musical scripts in various stages of development, invite the shows’ creators to Memphis for ten days to work intensely on the pieces and rehearse with professional performers from around the country, and then present a staged reading/singing of the musical on a Saturday night on the University of Memphis MainStage.
One of the three new musicals will then be selected for additional development in New York and Memphis over the next year en route to a more full production in TSC’s 2016 season.
Staged readings/singings will be Saturdays at 7:00 pm on May 23, June 27, and August 15 2015.
Tickets will be made available in 2015.
Theatrical Rights Worldwide and its President/CEO Steve Spiegel, based in New York City, represent musicals from Broadway and Off-Broadway. TRW cultivates and introduces new work along with extending the production life of musicals to all theatrical marketplaces. TRW licenses productions to a broad range of customers, from schools to Broadway. As agents for the authors, TRW grants live stage production rights.
TRW’s Broadway collection includes Memphis-centric musicals All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis. Their internationally-popular collection also includes Monty Python’s Spamalot, which won the Tony for Best Musical, Kander and Ebb's Curtains, The Color Purple, and recent releases Ghost the Musical, Big Fish, and The Addams Family.
Sixth Annual Valentine’s Gala
To benefit TSC’s renowned Education Program
Duncan-Williams Performance Hall at
Germantown Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Wait until you see the Broadway headliner we have in store for you this year!
The new, hip event of the Memphis season was so fun last year on Valentine’s night that we’re doing it again. Get your Gold Sponsorships early for best seats in the house, your photos with the star, and your buffet table on the stage. And don’t miss out on the wildest and most unique live auction in town – all for TSC’s education program, which is annually changing more than 15,000 students’ lives in Memphis area elementary, middle, and high schools. Thank you for joining us.
the comedy by William Shakespeare
in Dixon Gallery & Gardens’
December 11-21, 2014
sponsored by Pat and Ernest Kelly
“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”
A music hall revelry ideal for the holidays!
William Shakespeare’s charming 1601 comedy is a topsy-turvy world of cross-dressing lovers, yellow cross-garters, and crossed identities. Inspired by the final days of Christmas, the winter solstice, and the Festival of Light, TSC celebrates the joy of the season with this uproarious music hall production.
Shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, Viola has lost her country and beloved twin brother. Disguising herself as Cesario, a page, she falls in love with Duke Orsino even as she delivers his affections to lovely Lady Olivia. Between beautiful songs, high comedy, and delicate poetry, love redeems all.
Free Will Kids’ Nights are December 11 and 18: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. Limit: four children per guardian. The Preview performance is December 11 at 7:00 pm. Seating is general admission.
Tuesday Literary Salons
Kate Chopin: Louisiana Lullaby
March 24, 2015
sponsored by Nancy and Dan Copp
TSC’s Southern Exposure Series features a fun-filled literary party from 6:00-8:00 pm, including writer-specific libations, light fare, live music, and 30 minutes of the words of one of the South’s influential writers in a private, luxurious Memphis home.
Pioneering author Kate Chopin is featured on March 24, 2015, in Louisiana Lullaby. Accompanied by the music of New Orleans and the bayous, the words from her prolific short story career in Louisiana in the late 19th Century set the mood for selections from her most explosively famous novel, The Awakening. Though considered a forerunner of the feminist movement in literature, her seminal work was not fully appreciated until well after her death.
Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both, and include the entertainment, open bar, and appetizers.