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TSC's Southern Exposure Series Introduces the Tuesday Literary Salon

“If a story is in you, it has to come out.”
- William Faulkner

As part of its Southern Exposure Series, which features new and classic literature by Southern writers with Southern inspiration, Tennessee Shakespeare Company this summer introduces two very special Literary Salons hosted by Memphis’ newest Irish restaurant and by one of the city’s great patrons of the arts.

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Join us at the cooling hour of 6:00 pm for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and some of the best words ever written.  Elegant, intimate, and cool as a mint julep in shaved ice.  

Our first Salon on June 10, Of Ireland Born, was a huge, fun, sold-out hit at downtown’s Brass Door restaurant with Irish stage and screen star Bosco Hogan and endless pints of Guinness. We are already planning our return!

 

Don’t miss our next Salon:

Mark Twain at Twilight

starring Pete Pranica (television play-by-play man for the Memphis Grizzlies)

and live ragtime music on the grand piano by Steven DiBlasi

Tuesday, July 22 6:00-8:00 pm

Hosted by Mr. Milton T. Schaeffer in his Germantown residence

The mighty humorist of the Mississippi wrote the reconstructing South into existence for much of America with his novels, short stories, and his live stand-up routine.  Hear first-hand Mr. Twain's remarkable take on life during a remarkable period in the history of our country.  With wit, honesty, and infinite charm, Mr. Twain will with soothe and delight!  

Your $55 ticket buys you light appetizers, champagne, wine, live music, our star of the evening, and literature beyond compare.  Seating is extremely limited.  Tickets are now on sale while they last.  Program subject to change.

To purchase tickets today, call the TSC Box Office at 901-759-0604 or purchase online.

News

  • Prestigious Grant Awarded
  • Richard III
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  • Free Will Kids

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

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 “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, The Commercial Appeal, 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