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To Kill a Mockingbird Kicks off Ninth Season
Sept. 20 - Oct. 2
Patrick Ryan Sullivan (Atticus) with Roman Kyle (Tom Robinson) and Michael Khanlarian (Bob Ewell).
Adela Calzada (Dill) and Ainsley Geno (Scout).
Patrick Ryan Sullivan (Atticus) with Joshua Pearce (Jem) and Ainsley Geno (Scout).
All photos: Joey Miller.
(Memphis, TN; September 1, 2016) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional, classical theatre, in partnership with Memphis’ Hutchison School, will perform Christopher Sergel’s revised stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s daring American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird from September 20 through October 2.
Played on the Wiener Theater within Hutchison’s beautiful campus in East Memphis, To Kill a Mockingbird launches TSC’s ninth performance season.
The production’s title sponsors are FedEx, Margaret and Owen Tabor, Dorothy O. Kirsch, and Pat and Thane Smith.
Early Bird tickets are on sale now: the first 24 seats sold to each performance will be located in the new Best Seats section of the theatre. Tickets may be purchased now by calling TSC’s Box Office at (901) 759-0604 or online at www.tnshakespeare.org.
Tickets are $34. Preview tickets are only $16. The September 29 performance is Free Will Kids’ Night: Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian. Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16 for any performance. Opening Night on September 24 includes a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.
Directed by TSC’s founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary, the cast of 20 actors features Broadway veteran Patrick Ryan Sullivan as Atticus Finch, Memphian Ainsley Geno as Scout, and the return of TSC favorite Tony Molina, Jr. as Rev. Sykes.
The cast also includes Michael Khanlarian (Bob Ewell), Josh Pearce (Jem), Adela Calzada (Dill), Caroline Couch (Mayella), Ann Wallace (Calpurnia), Meredith Koch (Maudie), Jeanna Juleson (Stephanie), Carolyn Spratley (Mrs. Dubose), Chris Cotten (Boo Radley/Mr. Gilmer), Jim Dale Green (Sheriff Tate), J.D. Sutton (Jude Taylor/Mr. Cunningham), and Roman Kyle (Tom Robinson). The ensemble members are Kaitlyn Graham, CQ Gintz, Zoe Ford, and Violet Wallace.
The Assistant Director is Anne Marie Caskey. The Lighting and Scenic Designer is Jeremy Fisher. DeAnna Rowe provides Costume Design. Kristen Fisher is the Associate Scenic Designer, and Meredith Koch provides music direction.
Novelist Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, and died this past February. She wrote her small town and the people she knew into her work, which won the Pulitzer Prize following its 1960 publishing. Made into a popular film in 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most popular books in American homes and school curriculums. Lee paints a portrait of her small southern town during the Depression of 1933-15 when she was ten years old.
Her youth looks through a lens of innocence, humor, inquiry, courage, and imagination at a hard story of a hard time. She builds her father into a model of integrity during a period of accepted racism that allows, before her eyes, to sentence to jail an African-American man for a violent crime against a white girl that he clearly does not commit. He reportedly escapes prison and is shot 17 times, unarmed.
The girl in the novel, Jean Louise Finch (Scout), her older brother Jem, and their friend Dill (based on real-life friend Truman Capote) are joyfully disarming as they discover multiple stories of innocent mockingbirds in their lives: Tom Robinson, as well as the reclusive but life-saving neighbor Boo Radley, the tortured and poor Mayella Ewell, their father Atticus who alone stands against the town’s ingrained violence and prejudice, and the African-American community.
To Kill a Mockingbird
the daring American masterpiece
adapted from Harper Lee by Christopher Sergel
directed by Dan McCleary
in partnership with Hutchison School
(1740 Ridgeway Road, Memphis 38119)
performing at the Wiener Theater at Hutchison School
Margaret and Owen Tabor,
Dorothy O. Kirsch,
and Pat and Thane Smith
September 20 – October 2
Produced under agreements with the professional entertainment unions: Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois.
“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
The American classic that fought prejudice with integrity, courage, and a child’s compassion proved bigger than Monroeville, Alabama, the American south, and the United States. With healing power and loving humor, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is here adapted, with her approval, for the modern professional stage in a world that has yet to take all of her life lessons to heart. As poetic as it is prophetic, To Kill a Mockingbird and its literary icons Atticus Finch, Scout, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell offer hope and democracy to a hurting humanity.
The cast of 20 actors features Broadway veteran Patrick Ryan Sullivan as Atticus Finch, Memphian Ainsley Geno as Scout, and the return of TSC favorite Tony Molina, Jr. as Rev. Sykes. The cast also includes Michael Khanlarian (Bob Ewell), Josh Pearce (Jem), Adela Calzada (Dill), Caroline Couch (Mayella), Ann Wallace (Calpurnia), Meredith Koch (Maudie), Jeanna Juleson (Stephanie), Carolyn Spratley (Mrs. Dubose), Chris Cotton (Boo Radley/Mr. Gilmer), Jim Dale Green (Sheriff Tate), J.D. Sutton (Jude Taylor/Mr. Cunningham), and Roman Kyle (Tom Robinson). The ensemble includes Kaitlyn Graham, CQ Gintz, Zoe Ford, Reece Berry, and Violet Wallace.
NEW: Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the first 24 seats sold to each performance of this play only. These seats will be located in the new Best Seats section of the theatre: the center six seats in rows 2-5.
Box Office Information
General Admission tickets are on sale now, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at TSC’s office located within The Shops at Forest Hill at 3092 Village Shops Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 (near Target); by calling 901-759-0604, or by going on-line to www.tnshakespeare.org (Twitter: @tnshakespeare).
Ticket prices, unchanged from last season, are $34.
Tickets for Preview performances (September 20 and 23 at 7pm) are only $16.
Thursday, September 29 at 7pm is Free Will Kids’ Night: Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian.
The Opening Night (September 24 at 7pm) performance includes a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.
Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16 for any performance.
Free parking. No refunds or exchanges. Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket fee. Title, cast, and schedule are subject to change with notice.
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Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote, and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers, and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, Tennessee Shakespeare Company has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org.
E. Frank Bluestein (Executive Director) is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In October of 1998, USA Today named Mr. Bluestein as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. Mr. Bluestein is a past winner of the American Theatre Association's John C. Barner Award, a national award given to one secondary school teacher whose theatre program is judged most exemplary for the year. He has served as an arts advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the College Board Arts Advisory Committee, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance. He currently serves as managing director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally-recognized statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, TN. He has twice been named to Memphis Magazine's Who's Who in Memphis poll, and was presented a community service award for his accomplishments in education by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Until his recent retirement, Mr. Bluestein served for 37 years as the chairman of the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department in Germantown, TN. He was the founder and Artistic Director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also served as Executive Producer for Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), the school's three-million-dollar educational television facility. In 1984, he helped the Germantown High School Department of Fine Arts become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund Arts in Education Award. Graduates from his program include Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell; film, television, and stage actress Missi Pyle; Emmy-winning casting director (Desperate Housewives & NYPD Blue) Scott Genkinger; NPR reporter Debbie Elliott; and Blue Man Group actor Wes Day. During Mr. Bluestein's tenure, Germantown Community Television received over 130 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and was named eleven times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA, most recently in 2013. The studio has been recognized with regional Emmy and Cable Ace Award nominations. Mr. Bluestein also participated in the educational programs of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and led his team of teachers and scores of students to win two national student Emmys (National Student Television Award of Excellence) for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 33 regional first-place student Emmy awards. Mr. Bluestein has served as a director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend Joyce Cobb. In September 2013, he was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame in Minneapolis. Mr. Bluestein is a frequent speaker and writer on arts-related issues.
Marquis Dijon Archuleta (Actor/Teaching-Artist Fellow; Friar Lawrence/Tybalt/Peter in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is ecstatic to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company for the first time. He is a graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Theatre & Dance program with a B.F.A. and a minor in Psychology. Credits include Of Mice and Men (Crooks), Cyrano de Bergerac (Comte De Guiche), Pentecost (Antonio), Pippin (Louis), Romeo and Juliet (Capulet), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Peter). In his downtime, he likes to practice martial arts, have unexpected adventures, and discover new ways for the body to move. He thanks TSC for giving him this opportunity, and his friends, family, and professors for supporting him.
Jillian Barron (Actor/Teaching-Artist Fellow; Nurse/Lady Montague/Paris's Page in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is a native Illinoisan who moved to Memphis in 2013 after receiving her B.A. in Theatre Performance and French Literature and Culture from Union University. Past Credits: Byhalia, MS at Playhouse on the Square (Ostrander Nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at GCT (Ostrander Nomination), and In Search of Tonto Goldstein at The Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis (Global Premiere). She thanks her wonderful and supportive parents, Jim and Tricia Barron, and her darling husband, Zach Williams.
Adela Calzada (Dill) is so excited for her first theatre experience outside of school plays and theater classes that she loves to participate in at Hutchison! Adela also loves ballet, playing bass guitar, and competing with her Destination Imagination team at Hutchison.
Anne Marie Caskey (Assistant Director/House Manager) has taught and directed theatre at Hutchison School for 25 years. She is the recipient of the Myrna Colley-Lee and E’dena Hines Academic Chair for Excellence and The Ruthie and Bliss Bowlin Grant for Creativity. In addition to her work at Hutchison, Anne Marie has remained an active theatre artist in the Memphis community. She has performed and/or directed at Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Theatre Memphis, Voices of the South, Desoto Family Theatre, and Hattiloo Theatre. She has been nominated for eight Ostrander Awards for acting and/or directing. She is thrilled to work with TSC, which she holds in high regard for their artistic excellence and community outreach.
Chris Cotten (Mr. Gilmer/Arthur Radley) has been performing and directing in theatres in the Memphis area for almost 30 years. Some favorite recent roles include Big Davy in Billy Elliot at Playhouse on the Square; Burl Sanders in Sanders Family Christmas at Circuit Playhouse; Corin in As You Like It, Zach in A Chorus Line, and Watson in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at Theatre Memphis; David in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (which he also directed) at Germantown Community Theatre; and Jean Shepherd in A Christmas Story: The Musical at Harrell Theatre. Chris holds an MFA in Theatre with a concentration in directing from the University of Memphis, where he directed Moliere’s The Misanthrope and Bash: Latterday Plays, among other projects. As a playwright, Chris’ play What I’m Thinking, Since You Ask was a finalist in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest and was later staged by Playhouse Nashville; and his play The Double, Half-Broken Line was staged by The Company of Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
Caroline Couch (Mayella Ewell) is a freshman at Hutchison School and is a newcomer to Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Her credits include several productions at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School, notably The Lion King, Jr. (Scar), Funhouse, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shallow). Additionally, Caroline has performed with Kudzu Playhouse in her hometown of Hernando, Mississippi.
Marlon Finnie (Lord Capulet/Apothecary in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is a recent graduate of University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Fine Arts. Some of his favorite credits there include Sam (Blues for an Alabama Sky), Ferrallion (A Flea in Her Ear), Judge (The Government Inspector), and the Porter (Macbeth). He is ecstatic to be a part of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company family, and he hopes to inspire and be inspired throughout the duration of this project.
Jeremy Fisher (Lighting & Scenic Designer/Technical Director) TSC: All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Unto the Breach, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and Hamlet. He is the Resident Lighting Designer for Theatre Memphis. Recently, Jeremy completed the lighting design for the Broad Avenue Water Tower and was awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist grant, awarded to outstanding Tennessee artist. In the past, he has worked with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Memphis, Ballet Memphis, Busch Gardens, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and Northern Oklahoma College. Since moving to Memphis in 2011, he has been nominated for 9 Ostranders with two wins for his lighting designs of Proof (2013) and The Addams Family (2015). Jeremy thanks his wife, friends, family, mentors, and colleagues for all their support.
Kristen Fisher (Associate Scenic Designer) is happy to be back working with TSC. She has been in a variety of positions with the company, including stage manager, assistant stage manager, props master, and sound designer. Previous shows include The Tempest, The Glass Menagerie, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), It’s a Wonderful Life, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Richard III. Kristen is currently in her fifth season as the Stage Manager and Production Coordinator for Ballet Memphis. Thanks to Dan for keeping her involved, and love to Jeremy as always.
Zoe Ford (ensemble) is a sixth-grader at Hutchison School. Her favorite subject is math. Zoe has been seen on stage in the Memphis community in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre Memphis, A Wrinkle in Time and Harriet the Spy most recently on the Hutchison stage, and A Child's Garden of Verses and Where the Wild Things Are through Hutchison at Dixon Gallery & Gardens. She loves to write and play music. Zoe plays piano, keyboards, and drums and is lead singer with her Delta Girls Rock Camp band called Neptune's Landing. She thanks Hutchison and TSC for this unique opportunity.
Cara McHugh Geissler (Education and Community Relations Manager) is originally from Memphis and is in her second season as manager after serving as the 2013-2014 Journeyman Artist-Manager. Cara played Biondello in TSC's Taming of the Shrew and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. She received her M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Louisville in 2013 and her B.A. in Theatre and Political Science from Murray State University in 2009. While in Louisville, Cara taught children's theatre at Encore Youth Theatre and at Adelante Hispanic Achievers. She also taught for both the University of Louisville and Spalding University. Cara served on the Board of The Bard's Town Theatre in Louisville, where she performed in Misses Strata, Reasons to Be Pretty, and Just Like Life.
Ainsley Lorentz Geno (Scout) is extremely honored to make her professional acting debut with Tennessee Shakespeare Company playing her dream role. Ainsley, a fifth-grader at Hutchison School, lives in Collierville with her family. In addition to her theatre classes, her favorite subjects are math and creative writing. She has been selected for two years to be a member of Performing Arts of Germantown’s competitive dance group. Her dance groups have been the overall winner at numerous competitions, and she has been a two-time Mid-South Fair Junior Youth Talent finalist as both a dancer and vocalist. Ainsley would like to thank her director, Dan McCleary, for the faith he put in her to play a character as special as Scout. She thanks her dance teacher, Ms. Elizabeth Anne Brown, for her stage presence. She also thanks Ms. Anne Marie Caskey, Artistic Director of Theatre at Hutchison School, who gives her students a safe, authentic feel for the theatre. Ainsley dedicates her performance to her fifth grade classmates, her dance family, her family, and her dad, Damon Young, who is as real as they get!
Cynthia Quinn “CQ” Gintz (ensemble/Scout understudy) was seen on the Hutchison stage as Fortinbras in A Wrinkle in Time and as Pinky Whitehead in Harriet the Spy. She is an enthusiastic actor who feels she is already enjoying her calling at 11 years old. She is in the sixth grade at Hutchison School and discovered her love for acting when she was in the first grade. When not in the theater, you can find CQ singing, drawing, reading, hanging out with friends, or doing homework. CQ thanks her family, friends, and teachers for supporting her in her acting endeavors.
Kaitlyn Graham (ensemble/Dill understudy) is so excited to be in To Kill a Mockingbird. This is her third show in Memphis, and it will be her twelfth show overall. Previously, she lived in Birmingham, AL, and participated in Red Mountain Theater and Virginia Samford Theater. She is truly appreciative to be working with such a talented cast. She would like to thank her family, especially her Grandfather, for his constant encouragement and support.
James Dale Green (Heck Tate) is a veteran of many stage productions since making his acting debut at the age of 13 in Babes in Toyland. Since then, he has acted on almost all of Memphis’ stages and is delighted to be making his Tennessee Shakespeare Company debut. James Dale has a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Memphis, graduating in 1973. He also has performed with The Lyceum Theatre in Missouri and with The Kaleidoscope Players in New Mexico. Favorite Shakespeare roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatre Memphis and the Fool in King Lear with New Moon Theatre. Other favorite roles are Candy in Of Mice and Men, Mr. Klemper in The Boys Next Door, Willy Lohman in Death of a Salesman, King Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons, and Mozart in Amadeus. Besides theatre, James Dale enjoys playing the mandolin, singing, songwriting, and the occasional game of poker.
Jeanelle TBJ Jones (Benvolio/Friar John/Captain of the Watch in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is filled with jubilation to be debuting with Tennessee Shakespeare Company onstage and in the classroom. Since working with Urban Bush Women at their Summer Leadership Institute in 2015, TBJ has been driven to use her art to engage the community. Her work with students includes teaching in summer and after-school programs with Hattiloo, Playhouse on the Square, and Bridging Souls Productions. At the top of the year, she participated in the spring schools tour with POTS in Rikki Tikki Tavi (Nag/Teddy/choreographer). Her first major role was in The Convert (Ester) at Hattiloo Theater, where she continues perform as an actor or dancer. Entering her fourth year with Bridging Souls as a dancer and choreographer, she will premiere her own show comprised of original works at House of Mtenzi Museum in November. She is a graduate of Overton High School.
Jeanna Juleson (Stephanie Crawford) is excited to be a part of her second production with TSC, where last season she played the Widow in All’s Well That Ends Well. This season, she also performed as Mother Superior in Sister Act at Playhouse on the Square, Anna Patterson in The Country House at Circuit Playhouse, and Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Germantown Community Theater. Recent roles in Memphis include Hannah in Angels in America: Millennium and Angels in America: Perestroika, Grandma in Billy Elliot, Electra in Gypsy, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins. Jeanna is happy to be working again with Dan McCleary, some old friends, and some new ones, too. As life and art inevitably coincide, Jeanna is enjoying her journey with this colorful character.
Michael Khanlarian* (Bob Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird; Prince in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is a founding member of TSC where his credits include Henry V, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Romeo and Juliet. Michael is a graduate of the University of Memphis.
Meredith Koch (Maudie Atkinson) is a singer-songwriter/actor and native Memphian. Favorite credits include Ring of Fire (June Carter Cash), Steel Magnolias (Shelby Latcherie), Belles (Paige Walker), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marie Tussaud). Meredith studied drama as an Acting Apprentice with Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, where she played Susan in Vinegar Tom. She recently graduated with her B.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Memphis. As always, she is grateful for the love and support from her family and boxer pup, Bella. A special thanks goes also to Dan and the cast/crew for making To Kill A Mockingbird such a wonderful experience. Find her online at www.meritkoch.com.
Roman Kyle (Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird; Romeo in The Romeo and Juliet Project) recently graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.F.A. in Theatre. TSC: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius) and The Romeo and Juliet Project (Romeo). He also appeared in As You Like It (LeBeau) at Theatre Memphis, Sarafina: The Musical (Crocodile) at Hattiloo Theatre, Blues for an Alabama Sky (Leland) at the University of Memphis, and All the Way (Stokely Carmichael) at Playhouse on the Square. He recently finished production of an upcoming new comedy called The Drag Boat at Evergreen Theatre, playing the ship's doctor, and a film titled I Think I Can be a Doctor (Darius/X-Ray Technician). He thanks all of his family, friends, and loved ones for their support.
Harper Lee (Author) is the creator of To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which provides the foundation for this approved stage adaptation. Along with the recently-released Go Set a Watchman, the stories are woven from Ms. Lee’s life. She was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama, the youngest of four children of lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee. She didn’t use the name Nelle (Ellen spelled backwards) for her book because she didn’t want to be called Nellie. But her friends and family always called her Nelle (pronounced Nell). President Obama, who presented her with the National Medal of the Arts in 2011, said "What that one story did, more powerfully than one hundred speeches possibly could, was change the way we saw each other, and then the way we saw ourselves. Through the uncorrupted eyes of a child, she showed us the beautiful complexity of our common humanity, and the importance of striving for justice in our own lives, our communities, and our country. Ms. Lee changed America for the better. And there is no higher tribute we can offer her than to keep telling this timeless American story — to our students, to our neighbors, and to our children — and to constantly try, in our own lives, to finally see each other." Though she died earlier this year at the age of 89, Ms. Lee has said of herself, “I am still alive, although very quiet.”
Ashley Asiarae Mahone (Lady Capulet/Balthazar in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is more than enthusiastic to not only be awarded the opportunity to choreograph with TSC but to also have the opportunity to take her first walk with the work of Shakespeare. Her normal entanglement with theatre includes musical titles such as Mamma Mia! (Lisa), Memphis (Ensemble), American Idiot (Ashley), In the Heights (Nina Rosario), and The Golden Fruit (Cat-Rat). She is eager to be once again shaping the minds of children through this project after directing both Musical Theatre and Dance Theatre for both Born2Dance and Hattiloo’s Camp Awareness. Up next for this young artist is to choreograph/co-direct the Langston Hughes opera, Only Heaven, in February 2017 alongside the creative Morgan Beckford.
Dan McCleary+* (Director; Narrator; TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director) is a native Memphian and a graduate of Germantown High School and its Poplar Pike Playhouse. Dan directed and acted in TSC’s inaugural production of As You Like It (Jaques) as well as 400: Shakespeare Feast, Unto the Breach, The Glass Menagerie, and The Taming of the Shrew. He played the title role in TSC’s Richard III two years ago, and he has directed TSC’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Themes from a Midsummer Night. At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and played the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra andRichard III, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Porfiry in Crime and Punishment, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. 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, as well as Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain. Other regional theatre: Seattle Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, Merrimack Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageWest, Alabama Shakespeare, Arden Theatre, Studio 4-A, and Huntington Theatre. Dan is a published poet, author of the play Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes for all ages. Memphis Magazine has named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” for four consecutive years, and the Germantown Arts Alliance honored him with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts. He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University. Dan is the proud dad of six-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.
Tony Molina, Jr.* (Reverend Sykes) is a proud founding member of TSC, seen previously in the title role in Macbeth, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Dukes in As You Like It. At Shakespeare & Company, he played Othello, Mercutio, and Dromio of Syracuse, in addition to many other roles. At Swine Palace at LSU, he played Didi in Waiting for Godot, Oberon in Midsummer, and Belize in both Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika. Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Petruchio, Banquo, and Claudius in Hamlet. Tulane Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet, Othello, Feste, and Autolycus, as well as many others. He played the police captain on HBO's Treme for two seasons, and he was also seen in eight episodes of True Detective. Tony is thrilled to be back home.
Joshua Pearce (Jem) is an eighth grade student at Lausanne Collegiate School, where he takes Advanced Performing Arts (APA) elective classes. He has performed in many Lausanne productions, including School House Rock Live, Jr. (Joe) and Beauty and the Beast, for which he received the Best Male Ensemble Actor award. Josh wishes to thank his APA teachers, Mrs. Ashley Bugg Brown and Mrs. Cynthia Romoff, for inspiring his love of music and theatre. He also wishes to thank Mrs. Tracey Ford for encouraging him in his first professional audition. He is especially grateful to Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s director and actors for their mentorship and guidance in his professional debut.
DeAnna Rowe (Costume Designer) is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of Memphis Theatre Department. She received her M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She has taught at Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales, Ohio University, and The Art Institute of Hollywood, California. DeAnna has worked from coast to coast. Some of her favorite collaborations include South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA, The Laguna Playhouse, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, American Players Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Glimmerglass Opera. She recently worked with William Ivey Long Studios on the touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. DeAnna is the owner and designer at Gypsy Dream Studios, where she designs and creates one-of-a-kind costumes to help her clients invoke their inner Superheroes and Unconventional Wedding Dreams.
Cally Shine (Juliet in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is thrilled to be making her TSC debut with The Romeo and Juliet Project. A recent graduate of the University of Montana, she has been lucky enough to work with such companies as Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Idaho Repertory Theatre, and the Montana Repertory Theatre. You can see her again onstage at TSC this December in Much Ado About Nothing.
Stephanie Shine* (Asst. Stage Manager; General Manager; Education Director) is the creator of The Romeo and Juliet Project as well as a resident artist for TSC. Her TSC directorial credits include Henry V,Romeo and Juliet (2011-12, 2014-16), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012-13), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll, and Shakespeare Said It! Onstage, she performed the female role in Unto the Breach and appeared as Gertrude in Hamlet. In addition, Stephanie serves as the annual Gala's Auctioneer and has curated and directed TSC's Literary Salons. From 1998 until love brought her to Memphis in 2011, she was the Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company. For SSC, she directed 17 productions including The Threepenny Opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the lauded all-male Taming of the Shrew. Other directorial credits include The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the award-winning one-woman internationally touring Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Marilyn: Forever Blonde, and several new works for Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre. Her production of I am of Ireland opened Book-It's 25th Anniversary Season in September of 2014. As an actor, she has performed with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, NYC's Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, The Empty Space, and Seattle Children's Theatre among others. Her Shakespeare roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, and The Chorus in Henry V. Ms. Shine is a graduate of both the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. She is the lucky mother of Conor, Cahilan, Sullivan, and Collins.
Nathan Snow (Mercutio/Paris in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is from Livingston, Montana, where he cultivated a love of theatre and the arts at a young age. A recent graduate of the University of Montana with a BFA in Acting, Nathan is excited to see what the next week, let alone the next few years, has in store for him. His favorite University roles include Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Billy Bones in Treasure Island. Nathan spent the summer honing his comedic chops as a company member of the Brewery Follies in Virginia City, MT, and he is incredibly excited and grateful to be part of Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet Project.
Carolyn Spratley (Mrs. Dubose) is pleased to join Tennessee Shakespeare Company and this production. In the past 29 years, she has been privileged to work in most of the theatres in this area. A few of her favorite roles are Mrs. Holly in Suddenly Last Summer (TM/Little Theatre & McCoy), Ann in The Cocktail Hour (Circuit), Mrs. Tilford in The Children's Hour (GCT), Felicity in The Shadow Box (McCoy), Grace in Grace and Glorie (GCT), Hannah in The Spitfire Grill (GCT), Sarah in The Quilters (GCT) and Bunny in A Murder is Announced (GCT). She thanks her husband, Jim, for his support and Jeanna and Lorraine for their encouragement. She is also grateful to Dan for giving her the opportunity to work with such a prestigious company.
Patrick Ryan Sullivan* (Atticus Finch) is excited to be returning to the state where he spent his formative years and in a show that is this timely and important. His Broadway credits include Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and various roles in Titanic. Other favorites include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Serge in Art, Flynn in Doubt, LockStock in UrineTown, Tito in Lend Me a Tenor, Javert in Les Miserables, Higgins in both Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, Get Got at the Edinburgh Festival, Chicago in China, Victor in Empty Plate, The Burnt Part Boys, Petey in Tuna Christmas, and Miles and Senex in Forum. www.PatrickRyanSullivan.org
J.D. Sutton* (Judge Taylor/Mr. Cunningham) is an actor and playwright whose credits include regional theatre, cabaret, and dinner theatre productions. Favorite roles include Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and the title role in Sherlock Holmes. His solo play about Thomas Jefferson, Twilight at Monticello, has been presented off-Broadway and at venues throughout "the original 13,” including Philadelphia's historic Carpenters' Hall. His most recent play, My Master, My Slave, My Friend, about Jefferson and the slave he was raised with, was named Critics’ Choice for Best Drama at this year’s Orlando International Fringe Festival. He and his wife, Amy, share their Central Florida home with their “furry children,” all of which are rescued.
Erin Joy Swank* (Production Stage Manager) makes her TSC debut, capping a widely varied year including La bohème in a Spiegeltent (Crested Butte Music Festival), the musicals Crowns and My Fair Lady (Skylight Music Theatre), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Central City Opera). Previous credits include touring with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular – featuring the Rockettes and three adorable camels – and as Production Stage Manager for the Tennessee Rep. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, the Stage Managers’ Association, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology – which includes mentoring for the Gateway Program, connecting with students and young professionals from under-represented populations within the industry. In true Colorado fashion, Erin also works as a part-time river guide.
Ann Perry Wallace (Calpurnia) is an actor and writer, and she is thrilled to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare. She is equally thrilled to be working with her youngest daughter. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from UT Chattanooga and is a company member of the improv group, Playback Memphis. Some of Ann’s other theatre credits include No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs; Blues for an Alabama Sky; From the Mississippi Delta; The Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World; Women in Shakespeare, and most recently Romeo and Juliet with TSC’s Education Program. Ann can also be seen in the independent films 100 Lives, The Romance of Loneliness, and The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention.
Violet McKenna Kay Wallace (ensemble) is an exuberant, feisty, sweet six-year-old girl who loves to play make-believe and dress as all kinds of characters. She loves history, her school, her family, and God. She makes her stage debut with To Kill a Mockingbird and was terribly worried that she would actually have to kill a mockingbird. Her fears allayed, she accepted the role. She is excited to work with the other actors, especially her mother.
Olivia Warfield (Company and Box Office Manager) is a native Memphian and alumna of Rhodes College, where she received her B.A. in International Business. During her college career, she had the opportunity both to travel extensively abroad and to work at Memphis in May International Festival, during which time her passion for the arts, culture, and the nonprofit mission was planted and now has bloomed. Olivia brings a wealth of skill and natural talent to her role welcoming TSC patrons and artists.
Nancy Wright (Bookkeeper) has provided bookkeeping services for small businesses in both the private and public arena for more than 20 years. She obtained her B.S. from UT Knoxville.
Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough (Assistant Stage Manager) is a freelance theatre artist in Memphis specializing in Shakespeare performance and costume design. She holds a degree in Theatre from Rhodes College, and she is now the Costume Shop Supervisor for the McCoy Theatre. She was a member of TSC's inaugural Young Company in 2010. She went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 2012. Favorite roles include Rosalind in As You Like It, the Witch in Into the Woods, Olivia in Twelfth Night (McCoy), Jane Wilson in Free Man of Color (Hattiloo), and Anna in Spring Awakening (Circuit Playhouse). Favorite costume designs include "Black Orchid" and "Lineage" (Collage Dance Collective) and Good Boys and True and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (McCoy).
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Mangers in the United States.
+ Member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.
The Romeo and Juliet Project
What is The Romeo and Juliet Project?
This nationally-acclaimed residency uses Romeo and Juliet, its characters, and its many pivotal decision moments as tools for Freshman students to imagine and rehearse life-saving choices in the face of armed violence, peer pressure, prejudice, and inadequate guidance. Working in concert with educators, TSC teaching-artists interweave these strategically-placed sessions, creating a positive and enthusiastic first impression of Shakespeare through students playing the play. During The Romeo and Juliet Project every freshman class receives three visits from TSC Teaching-Artists. Over the course of three sessions, students develop language to articulate their feelings, gain greater empathy and compassion for one another, and explore life-saving methods of non-violent conflict resolution. Thus far, this experience has moved the text off the page and created an active encounter with the play for over 13,000 students.
How Can I Get Involved?
You can help ensure our success in the classroom by becoming a Project Sponsor. Your sponsorship helps fund this exciting outreach endeavor, further guaranteeing that no student or school will EVER have to pay to participate. As our "thank you," your minimum sponsorship of $50.00 entitles you to receive an exclusive Romeo and Juliet Project T-Shirt. Sizes are limited, so hurry for best selection!
What students and teachers are saying about TSC's Romeo and Juliet Project:
"I can't believe how into it the students are. They're really going beneath the surface and getting to the issues in this play. The way TSC teachers highlight how the story relates to the students' lives is amazing. What TSC is doing is amazing. The whole project is just amazing!"
- Barb Gelb, Director of Education & Outreach, ArtsMemphis
- Freshman English Student, Bartlett High School
- Morgan Byrd, Freshman English Teacher, Bartlett High School
For more information, please contact the TSC Education Department at
[email protected] or (901) 759-0620
Tennessee Shakespeare Company's The Romeo and Juliet Project is generously sponsored in part by our friends and tremendous community partners Shakespeare in American Communities, FedEx, International Paper, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Announces Full Ninth Season of Plays and Educational Activities for 2016-17
(Memphis, TN; August 11, 2016) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional, classical theatre, today announced its full 2016-17 season of plays, outreach programs, and Education initiatives in the Memphis area and beyond.
Launching TSC’s ninth season is its first production of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Directed by TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary, the adaptation will perform in the Wiener Theater on the campus of Hutchison School in East Memphis from September 20 through October 2. The play is produced in partnership with Hutchison. The cast of 20 actors features Broadway veteran Patrick Ryan Sullivan as Atticus Finch, Memphian Ainsley Geno as Scout, and the return of TSC favorite Tony Molina, Jr. as Rev. Sykes.
Early Bird tickets are on sale now for To Kill a Mockingbird: the first 24 seats sold to each performance will be located in the new Best Seats section of the theatre.
In the winter, TSC returns to Dixon Gallery & Gardens for the holiday season with an elegant, celebratory Much Ado About Nothing befitting the season of cheer. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, directed by McCleary, plays on the Winegardner Auditorium stage December 8-18.
The fun continues in early summer with Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy of mistaken identities. The Comedy of Errors, produced in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance, will play the U of M mainstage June 8-18, 2017.
The Southern Literary Salons return, featuring the works of Eudora Welty (Mississippi Myth) on January 27 and Flannery O’Connor (Georgia Gothic) on April 21. These literary parties in beautiful, private homes from 6:00-8:00 pm curate readings, light fare, and writer-specific libations.
Back by popular demand is The Shakespeare Brunch, featuring abbreviated, staged readings of a redemptive The Winter’s Tale (November 20) and a provocative The Merchant of Venice (May 21) preceded by an expansive brunch buffet and bar. Acted by some of TSC’s best-known actors, the Brunches run from 12:30-3:30 pm inside the elegant Memphis Hunt & Polo Club.
The season also includes the Eighth Annual Shakespeare Gala, bringing to Memphis a new Broadway headliner on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Germantown Performing Arts Center. The Gala, complete with lavish dinner and open bars located throughout the theatre, supports TSC’s nationally-acclaimed Education Program.
This season, the Education Program significantly expands its anti-violence schools residency and performance schedule of The Romeo and Juliet Project. Nine actor/teaching-artists will work in over 20 schools, largely underserved, in Shelby County from September through February, reaching more than 6,000 students. Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, a fun 2-actor introduction to the playwright’s essential scenes and soliloquies, will tour schools and theatres throughout the southeastern United States. Both productions are created and directed by TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine.
TSC’s generous Mainstage title sponsors include FedEx; Dorothy O. Kirsch; Ernest, Pat, Martha, & Marian Kelly; Independent Bank; Tennessee Arts Commission; Ann and Wellford Tabor; and The University of Memphis.
TSC’s season partners are Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Hutchison School, Shelby County Schools, St. George’s Church, and the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance. The season is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.
“Our ninth season is a response both to the world’s recent events and to our patrons’ desires,” says McCleary. “To Kill a Mockingbird is an American masterpiece of the 20th Century. It is time for each of us to pick up Harper Lee’s novel and read or re-read it. In Much Ado About Nothing, we are a nation of peace at home and abroad, and in this dream we go pleasure-seeking. Still, uninhibited love is surprisingly difficult to give away in this environment, to both comedic and tragic effect. And in Comedy of Errors, famous for its physical and archetypal humor, we find ourselves in a world in which the mortal threat to immigrants cannot prevent this non-traditional family, even after years of separation, from making a heart-felt discovery.
“I am deeply grateful to our season sponsors, production partners, and over 300 donors who make professional, classical theatre and our education programming possible. The work we do with children in our schools is immediate, impactful, proven, and a powerful model for successful replication throughout the United States. We live in a time when the arts, and experiencing Shakespeare’s plays, need to be at the center of our national educational curriculum, not subsisting on the fringes. They are not a luxury, they are for everyone. The works of William Shakespeare are our birthright, and if they are supported educationally and financially then we see first-hand how our children enthusiastically embrace his compassion, his poetry, and his open-hearted query of humanity.”