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Complete Works (Abridged)


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
played to 2,100 deliriously happy patrons in September and October.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Fifth Season with Outrageously Fun-Loving The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Memphis/Germantown, Tenn. (September 4, 2012) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre, presents the excessively fun-loving side of its namesake with the wildly popular stage comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield from September 20 – October 7 in the Poplar Pike Playhouse in Germantown, TN.

Three comic actors from around the country come together in an attempt to present all 37 of William Shakespeare’s plays (and perhaps one additional long, lost plays) in just 97 minutes.

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Directed by TSC founder and producing artistic director Dan McCleary, Complete Works will donate proceeds from its three-week run to the nationally-recognized fine arts program at Germantown High School. The zaniness is sponsored by Nancy and Dan Copp, and Margaret and Owen B. Tabor, M.D. The production’s exclusive media sponsor is Commercial Appeal Media.

Complete Works, playing at the Poplar Pike Playhouse (where TSC’s record-setting Midsummer Night’s Dream played in 2009), features actors David Goldstein (TSC’s Southern Yuletide), Amelia Hammond (TSC’s The Tempest), and improvisational comedian Sam Reiff-Pasarew from NYC’s Story Pirates. The intrepid trio straps on the tights and color-coordinated sneakers to weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

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In attempting to play out the entire canon as quickly and as authentically as they can, the actors find themselves improvising with the audience and with a little local influence: Othello as an R&B hit song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking show, all 16 comedies as one improvised commedia piece, the Histories as a Big East Conference football game, and Hamlet…backwards!

“Our audiences have experienced two seasons of TSC plays in which many of the characters have ended up dead on stage,” says McCleary from the rehearsal hall, where the cast was improvising the Othello plot to Booker T. and the MG’s Green Onions, “so we thought we’d just finish all the characters off in one evening. Today in rehearsal I’m pretty certain I experienced in one hour David’s pants exploding when he uttered the title of the Scottish Play, Amelia pounding on Richard III’s hump until he fumbled the football, and Sam playing quite possibly the largest, most unattractive Juliet in the history of American theatre. I’m so proud.”

Bruce Bui, of Ballet Memphis, provides the quick-change costume design in his fourth season with the company, and Memphian Matt Strampe is the scenic and lighting designer.

Public Performance Schedule at the Poplar Pike Playhouse

September 20 at 7:00 pm:       Preview/Free Will Kids’ Night
September 21 at 7:30 pm:       Opening and post-show reception
September 22 at 7:30 pm:       Performance
September 23 at 3:00 pm:       Performance
September 27 at 7:00 pm:       Free Will Kids’ Night
September 28 at 7:30 pm:       Performance
September 29 at 7:30 pm:       Performance
September 30 at 3:00 pm:       Performance
October 4 at 7:00 pm:             Free Will Kids’ Night
October 5 at 7:30 pm:             Performance
October 6 at 7:30 pm:             Performance
October 7 at 3:00 pm:             Closing

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale now. All performances are $25 in advance and $30 day-of-show. All preview performances are $15 regardless of when purchased. Free Will Kids’ Nights: Children 17 years and younger admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian.

Box Office/Administrative Office

Located in the historic train depot at 2260 West Street, Germantown, TN. Monday - Friday, 9am – 5pm.
901-759-0604
www.tnshakespeare.org

Twitter: @tnshakespeare

All performances are general admission; first come/first seated. Chairs are provided for all productions. Free parking. No refunds. Productions and casts are subject to change.

 

Artist Bios

David Goldstein (David)returns to TSC havingappeared last season in TSC’s Southern Yuletide. David is a long time resident of Seattle, WA, where he has performed at numerous theatres, including Shakespeare Walla Walla (Romeo and Juliet, Complete Works), Seattle Repertory Theatre (The Three Musketeers), Seattle Shakespeare Company (A Comedy of Errors directed by Stephanie Shine, The Servant of Two Masters directed by Dan McCleary), Seattle Children's Theater (Jackie and Me, The Neverending Story), Book-It Repertory Theatre (A Confederacy of Dunces, Giant, Travels With Charley), Strawberry Theatre Workshop (The Water Engine, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, 14/48, Monkey Wrench Puppet Lab, and others.) Favorite roles include 10-year-old Joey Stoshack in Jackie and Me, Angelo Mancuso in A Confederacy of Dunces, Bottom in Midsummer's Night's Dream, and Charley, the poodle, in Travels with Charley. His voice can be heard in a number of commercials and video games produced in Seattle. He is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. 

Amelia Hammond (Amelia) hails from Washington, DC, and returns to TSC for her second season. Audiences in Memphis and Walla Walla, WA, might remember her as Miranda in The Tempest. Regional credits include: Hamlet, Othello, Comedy of Errors, and Taming of the Shrew with Houston Shakespeare Festival; As You Like It with Virginia Shakespeare Festival; Pericles and The Servant of Two Masters with Georgia Shakespeare.Amelia is proud to have received her MFA from the University of Houston PATP, her BA from Coastal Carolina University, and she trained with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

Adam Long (Playwright of Complete Works) began his professional life as an accountant for an anti-nuclear political action committee by day and bassist for an acoustic punk band by night.  Then he put on a skirt and wig and became a founding member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.  Adam toured with the RSC, spent five years following The Grateful Dead, performed stand-up comedy in Canada, became a Buddhist, and finally settled in England where he lives in London with wife Alex, son Joe, daughter Tilly, friend John, four guinea pigs, a fish, two tortoises, a cat, and a small grey rabbit called Willard.

Dan McCleary+ (Director) founded Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre company, in 2008. Dan directed and acted in TSC’s inaugural production of As You Like It (Jaques) and most recently The Glass Menagerie (Tom), as well as The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, and Themes from a Midsummer Night.Regional theatre directing credits: As You Like It at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Servant of Two Masters outdoors in downtown Atlanta and at Seattle Shakespeare Company, and All’s Well That Ends Well at Georgia Shakespeare Festival. At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he has directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and has played the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Richard III, as well as Brutus, Petruchio, and Falstaff. As Associate Artistic Director at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, Dan acted in and directed over 30 productions, appearing as Coriolanus, Macbeth, Herman Melville, Stephano, Don Armado, Hotspur, Master Ford, Bertram, and Antipholus/Dromio of Ephesus. He directed S&Co’s first production of The Servant of Two Masters, also his own adaptation of Anaïs Nin’s Henry & June, Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain. Other Regional/New York theatre: Merrimack Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageWest, Alabama Shakespeare, Arden Theatre, Studio 4-A, and Huntington Theatre. Memphis Magazine has named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” each year from 2009-12, and the Germantown Arts Alliance honored him with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts. He serves on the City of Germantown’s Telecommunications Committee, and holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University.

Sam Reiff-Pasarew (Sam) is an actor and comedian in New York City. He is an executive producer and founding member of Story Pirates, a theatre and education company dedicated to celebrating the words and ideas of kids by adapting their stories into sketches, songs, and cartoons.  Other credits include The Servant of Two Masters, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World and The Henry VI Chronicles at Shakespeare & Company. Sam recently launched his new internet cooking show, Eating It!

Daniel Singer (Playwright), a native Californian, trained in London for a career as a theatrical impresario.  Following the creation of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Daniel hung up his doublet-and-hose to design theme park attractions for Walt Disney Imagineering.  He’s particularly proud of his work on Disneyland’s Toontown.  After 12 years as an Imagineer, Daniel left Disney to become a freelance bohemian; these days he restores old houses, sculpts, gardens, and continues to write plays in hopes of another hit.

Jess Winfield (Playwright of Complete Works) was an original member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, co-author of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and performed with the troupe from its founding in 1981 until 1992, when he realized he’d played the title role of Hamlet more times than John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier combined and suddenly felt very old. He left the troupe to write and produce animated television for the Walt Disney Company, which made him feel young again — until he’d been there for ten years, at which point he felt old again. He left Disney to write My Name Is Will — A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare (Twelve Books). Depicting excessive drug use and promiscuous sex by both a would-be young Shakespeare scholar in the 1980s and the 18-year old Immortal Bard himself in the 1580s made Jess feel young again; but then he and Daniel Singer revised the Complete Works in honor of its 20th anniversary and directed it in the West End, which made him feel old again.

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Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. to Visit Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet Project in Action at East High School Monday, March 23

March 17, 2015 – Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. announced today he will observe first-hand Tennessee Shakespeare Company teaching and playing its Romeo and Juliet Project with 100 ninth graders in four simultaneous sessions at East High School on Monday, March 23 at 9:00 am.
 
“On behalf of TSC and our Board of Directors, I am so proud and honored to have Mayor Wharton joining our teachers in the classroom,” said Project creator and TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine.  “It was at the Mayor’s urging we created this Project, and I am excited for him to see his challenge come to positive life.”
 
pic-romeo-and-juliet-castTennessee Shakespeare Company began its nationally-recognized, four-part performance and in-school residency in the Memphis area in January.  The Project, now in its fourth year, brings a cast of eight professional actor-teachers into each Language Arts classroom at a participating school.  Students are guided by the actors to live the play’s urgent tragedy of young love amidst rage, experiencing its relevant story while ensuring that participating freshmen have a first exposure to Shakespeare that is active, rich, and rewarding.
 
As the teenagers in the play face armed violence, students discover positive actions available to them in their own lives in the face of real conflict.  Student post-Project assessments have recorded a 20% increase in students’ compassion as a result of their inclusion in The Romeo and Juliet Project, as well as a full letter grade increase, on average, in Language Arts classes.
 
The Residency concludes with an intimate performance by the actor-teachers of Romeo and Juliet, which encourages student participation.
 
By the end of March, The Romeo and Juliet Project will have performed the play 44 times in 27 Memphis area schools, and will have taught the Residency in 342 classroom visits in 11 schools.  At least 4,360 high school Freshmen will be reached and positively affected by The Romeo and Juliet Project.  That figure represents 34% of all freshmen in the Shelby County Schools system.
 
Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet and The Romeo and Juliet Project are part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
 
Additional funding is provided by FedEx, International Paper, and individual contributions to TSC’s Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, charged with bringing as many children as possible to live, professional Shakespeare performance and interactive study.
 
The Romeo and Juliet Project, created and directed by TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine is provided free of charge to participating schools and students.

“Mayor Wharton challenged us to discover a way for the arts to activate positive social change while simultaneously heightening academic success,” says TSC founder and producing artistic director Dan McCleary.  “That was four years ago.  We have now created an interactive, in-classroom curriculum that is meeting both challenges successfully, gaining both student and teacher momentum in county-wide schools, and hopefully will become a model for replication around the United States.  His challenge inspired us, and his presence with us at East High will further galvanize us.  I am grateful and honored to have the Mayor join us and endorse The Romeo and Juliet Project.”
 
Please note, the Mayor’s schedule is subject to change.  Media will be immediately informed of any change.

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pic-romeo-and-juliet-castTennessee Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Fourth Year of Nationally-Recognized ROMEO AND JULIET PROJECT

  • 27 Schools
  • 44 Performances
  • 342 Classroom Visits
  • 4,360 High School Freshmen


(January 15, 2015) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company has begun its nationally-recognized, four-part performance and in-school residency The Romeo and Juliet Project in the Memphis area this week, starting with Germantown High School and all of its 530 Freshmen.

The Project, now in its fourth year, brings a cast of eight professional actor-teachers into each Language Arts classroom at a participating school. Students are guided by the actors to live the play's urgent tragedy of young love amidst rage, experiencing its relevant story while ensuring that participating Freshmen have a first exposure to Shakespeare that is active, rich, and rewarding.

As the teenagers in the play face armed violence, students discover positive actions available to them in their own lives in the face of real conflict. The Residency concludes with an intimate performance by the actor-teachers of Romeo and Juliet, which encourages student participation.

By the end of March, The Romeo and Juliet Project will have performed the play 44 times in 27 Memphis area schools, and will have taught the Residency in 342 classroom visits in 11 schools. At least 4,360 high school Freshmen will be reached and positively affected by The Romeo and Juliet Project. That figure represents 34% of all Freshmen in the Shelby County Schools system.

Student post-Project assessments have recorded a 20% increase in students' compassion as a result of their inclusion in The Romeo and Juliet Project, as well as a full letter grade increase, on average, in Language Arts classes.

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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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International Paper            University of Memphis

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Theatrical Rights Worldwide

First Tenneessee Foundation

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Tennessee Arts Commission


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