Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s Eighth Season Continues with 400: The Shakespeare Feast
Six Shakespeare Readings and Elegant Themed Dinners at The Memphis Hunt & Polo Club
(Memphis, TN, October 5, 2015) – – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre, commemorates the 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s passing with 400: The Shakespeare Feast – its first-ever Shakespeare reading series with elegant, themed dinners from October 22 through November 8.
Presented at the festive, privately-owned Memphis Hunt and Polo Club in East Memphis and hosted by members Owen and Margaret Tabor, 400 features six three-hour events that begin with a special buffet dinner/brunch and cash bar in the dining room and conclude in the intimate ballroom with six different Shakespeare play readings.
The readings will feature full casts of TSC company actors and an abbreviated script of two hours or less. The selected plays have never before been produced by TSC.
The dinner and brunch buffet menus for each of the six plays will be inspired by each play’s geography and character (Italian, French countryside, royal English, Falstaffian cornucopia, and elegant picnic).
Tickets are $57 and include the reading, dinner/brunch buffet, beverages, and gratuity. The cash bar is not included in the ticket price.
“These will be very fun and relatively brief evenings or early Sunday afternoons marrying the wooded beauty of the Polo Club with the intimacy of salon Shakespeare plays that we love together with themed Elizabethan menus prepared only the way the Hunt & Polo Club can,” says producing artistic director Dan McCleary. “It also gives us an opportunity to reflect on why William Shakespeare remains vital to our human development and why TSC was created in the Memphis area for adults and children alike.”
400 is made possible by the Miriam and Ernest Kelly Charitable Fund in memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Herstein, and by Pat and Ernest Kelly in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Casserly.
TSC’s Season Sponsors include Arts Memphis, Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, Nancy Copp, FedEx Corporation, Independent Bank, International Paper, Rose M. Johnston, Ernest and Pat Kelly, Jr., Milton T. Schaeffer, Margaret and Owen Tabor, Ann and Wellford Tabor, Tennessee Arts Commission, and The University of Memphis.
TSC’s Season Partners are Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, and The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance.
The 400 Lineup of Play Readings
Love’s Labor’s Lost
“O, my little heart!”
directed by Dan McCleary
Thursday, October 22
6:00-9:00 pm with dinner buffet
Widely regarded as Shakespeare’s “feast of Language,” his 1598 romantic comedy combines his earlier popular elements in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet in following a clutch of young men who make a pact to remove women from their lives in favor of meditation and scholarship. No sooner do the King of Navarre, Berowne, and the boys seal the deal than the Princess of France and her ladies arrive, thus immediately changing the play’s narrative forever. In the woods of romance, too, are several of Shakespeare’s most scholarly clowns, providing experiences of love in robust and outlandish articulation -- Holofernes, Costard the clown, and Don Adriano de Armado.