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Highlights of TSC's 2013-14 Season

Annual Report | July 2014

You helped make our Sixth Season one of our most successful and far-reaching years yet.

The season began in 2013 with our municipal government eliminating all of TSC's education funding for our community and then letting us know our office lease would not be renewed.

But take a look at what you helped us accomplish after that through June 2014...

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Discover the Original Soul Man: TSC's Mid-South Schools Tour Hits the Road this Week with "Shake(s), Rattle & Roll"

(Memphis, TN, October 15, 2013) – It's hip. It's cool. Students can discover chart-topping, toe-tapping, feet-stomping, get-out-of-your-seat-and-move-with-it SHAKESPEARE – direct from Memphis!

Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, launches its new schools touring show this week with the Memphis-inspired Shake(s), Rattle & Roll.

Created by TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine and featuring actors Slade Kyle and Cara McHugh, Shake(s), Rattle & Roll is booking now in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the Mid-South. Last year, the tour played to 6,000 students in the South. This year's tour will exceed that capacity while touring across the state and into North Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky.

Shake(s), Rattle & Roll is a 45-minute, tour-de-force that imagines both a social and artistic through-line between the plays of William Shakespeare and the music that makes Memphis unique – Blues, Gospel, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock-n-Roll.

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NYC’s Theatrical Rights Worldwide in collaboration with Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance Announces Titles for

Showplace Memphis

Three Exciting, Developing Musicals with National, Professional Casts in Readings

Memphis, TN (April 27, 2015) – As part of Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s first year-round season, the development of three exciting new musicals launches on the University of Memphis Mainstage this summer with Showplace Memphis: Musical Works in Progress.

Sponsored by one of Broadway’s elite musical licensing companies, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) and President/CEO Steve Spiegel, based in New York City, Showplace Memphis partners TSC and the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance in a very special collaboration that could be the next creative stage for these musicals en route to full productions in New York and on the regional theatre circuit across the U.S.

TRW has selected three musical scripts in various stages of development to be presented to Memphis audiences as professional, Actors’ Equity Association “Readings.”  TSC has cast the musicals from around the country with a number of Broadway performers.  

Each of the shows’ creators will collaborate and rehearse in Memphis for ten days leading up to each reading.  Each musical will be played and sung in its entirety and with musical accompaniment on the U of M’s luxurious Mainstage, located at 3745 Central Avenue in Memphis.  No other design elements (scenic/costumes/lights) will be integrated.

Audiences will have an opportunity to speak with the actors and creators of each musical immediately following each Reading.  Audiences also will inform each production by completing an audience survey that will help each creative team in future development phases.

Theatrical Rights Worldwide represents musicals from Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as shows originating in regional theatres.  TRW cultivates and introduces new work along with extending the production life of musicals to all theatrical marketplaces worldwide.  TRW licenses productions to a broad range of customers, from schools to Broadway.  As agents for the authors, TRW grants live stage production rights and provides performance and rehearsal materials and tools to enhance the actor, musician, and audience experience.  Its 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.  Its internationally-popular collection also includes Jersey Boys, 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.

“With Memphis’ long history and unmatched appreciation for the Arts, bringing TRW’s new works festival here offers the ideal location for fostering artists and creativity,” said Mr. Spiegel.  “This is TRW’s platform for the future, and we eagerly look forward to housing this annual event in this great city.”

Read more: NYC’s Theatrical Rights Worldwide, TSC, and University of Memphis Announces Titles for Showplace...

Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Southern Exposure Series Continues its Spring Tuesday Literary Salons with Young William Faulkner: Before the Fury

Tuesday Literary Salons(Memphis, TN; April 7, 2015) -- As part of its Southern Exposure Series, which features new and classic literature by Southern writers, Tennessee Shakespeare Company this April returns to its popular Tuesday Literary Salon spotlighting the early poetry and short stories of William Faulkner.

Young William Faulkner: Before the Fury will be presented for an intimate audience on Tuesday, April 21 from 6:00–8:00 pm at the elegant home of Dr. Drew and Melia Murphy in Germantown.

"I'm a failed poet," said Mr. Faulkner. "Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing."

On the heels of last month's popular Salon of Kate Chopin, this evening will feature Faulkner-inspired juleps, tasty hors d'oeuvres, Stephen DiBlasi playing Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart on the piano, and readings (led by Dan McCleary) from the literary beginnings of the future Nobel winner – including Mr. Faulkner's first published short story, "Landing in Luck."

Before the "Old Colonel" became a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel Prize in Literature winner, he was a high school and Ole Miss drop-out who worked odd jobs and trained as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force as the first World War ended. But he was also a poet seeking his voice in New Orleans and in the outskirts of Paris. It wasn't until he returned to his native north Mississippi that he began thinly fictionalizing in writing what and who he knew in his fabled Yoknapatawpha County (Oxford). His early creations, famously, include The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. A man known both for this taste for and medicinal use of the bourbon julep, Mr. Faulkner would likely quite enjoy this Salon of sugared spirits and the readings of his earliest tales inspired by a land of quiet beauty and violently shifting cultures.

This season's Literary Salons are sponsored by Nancy and Dan Copp and our friends at Prichard's Distillery.

Tickets are $55. Your ticket buys you light appetizers, cocktails, live music, and live readings from Mr. Faulkner's early works. Seating is extremely limited, and parking is free. Tickets are now on sale while they last.

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