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Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces Four New Members to its Board of Directors

Memphis, TN – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre and education organization, announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors, led by President Owen B. Tabor, M.D.

Now in the midst of its eighth season, TSC has expanded the Board to its largest membership.  The Board is made up of 26 members and now six Emeritus members.

New members voted onto the Board beginning FY16 for their first three-year terms are:

Elise L. Jordan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with FedEx Express.

Dorothy O. Kirsch, Memphis philanthropist with a long history of supporting the arts and culture in the Mid-South.

Anne Johnson Mead, partner at the law firm of Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC, focusing her practice on litigation, collaborative law, and mediation.  Anne is a member of the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations, and serves on the Board for the Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar.

Tracy Vezina Patterson, Director of Alumni Relations at Rhodes College.  She is an alumna of Rhodes College and the University of Memphis School of Law.  Tracy is actively involved in several ministries of St. George's Episcopal Church and has served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden.  Past civic involvements include Memphis Civitan and Special Kids and Families.

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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

pic-400Series CCSquare1(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.

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400: The Shakespeare Feast

at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
650 S. Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Herstein by the Miriam and Ernest Kelly Charitable Fund
and
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Casserly by Pat and Ernest Kelly

Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor

Join us for dinner, drinks, and Shakespeare from page to stage as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing.   Six brief play readings preceded by a special buffet dinner/brunch at the historic and elegant Memphis Hunt & Polo Club.  Some of your favorite TSC actors return to the Club stage to act the plays from Shakespeare’s First Folio.  The cash bar will be open.  Your inclusive ticket (except for bar) is $57.  Attire: business casual/cocktail.

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CoriolanusCoriolanus

directed Dan McCleary
Tuesday, November 3
6:00-9:00 pm with dinner buffet

“There is a world elsewhere”

Shakespeare’s mother had recently died, and all around him were the corn riots giving rise to the protests of the needy and hungry against the political Establishment.  He would soon enter his final phase of playwriting with his Romances, but here he moves out of his period of Tragedies with a burst of white light in his most powerful and complex verse, most unyielding yet tender tragic hero, and most modern animation of our body politic.  

Like the play’s title character, the new Republic of Rome appears impossibly strong on the outside -- yet the fragile crack is there for its future fall.

pic-comedy-of-errors400: The Shakespeare Feast

at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
650 S. Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Herstein by the Miriam and Ernest Kelly Charitable Fund
and
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Casserly by Pat and Ernest Kelly

Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor

Join us for dinner, drinks, and Shakespeare from page to stage as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing.   Six brief play readings preceded by a special buffet dinner/brunch at the historic and elegant Memphis Hunt & Polo Club.  Some of your favorite TSC actors return to the Club stage to act the plays from Shakespeare’s First Folio.  The cash bar will be open.  Your inclusive ticket (except for bar) is $57.  Attire: business casual/cocktail.

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The Comedy of Errors

directed by Stephanie Shine
Sunday, November 8
12:00-3:30 pm with brunch buffet

“There is something in the wind”

It’s one of his earliest, perhaps his most riotous, and by far his shortest play.  Shakespeare pilfered the tale of two sets of twins who, estranged in different lands after a shipwreck in their infancy, find themselves in close physical proximity to one another again after all these years.  There are servant twins as well as master twins.  Oh, and they are identical (at least to everyone on stage).  

The wildness of the commedia elements is beautifully balanced with pleasing rhyming couplets, a delightful rhythm, and a family restoration that is undeniably heartening.

400: The Shakespeare Feast

at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
650 S. Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Herstein by the Miriam and Ernest Kelly Charitable Fund
and
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Casserly by Pat and Ernest Kelly

Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor

Join us for dinner, drinks, and Shakespeare from page to stage as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing.   Six brief play readings preceded by a special buffet dinner/brunch at the historic and elegant Memphis Hunt & Polo Club.  Some of your favorite TSC actors return to the Club stage to act the plays from Shakespeare’s First Folio.  The cash bar will be open.  Your inclusive ticket (except for bar) is $57.  Attire: business casual/cocktail.

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pic-much-ado-nothingMuch Ado About Nothing

directed by Stephanie Shine
Sunday, October 25
12:00-3:30 pm with brunch buffet

“Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably”

As popular then as it is now.  The merry war between Benedick and Beatrice is sophisticated, smart, yet undercut by their inability to declare their love for one another in prose.  While in verse, the younger Hero and Claudio explore more uncertain terrain in Shakespeare’s first characterization of a triangle of deception centered upon unfaithfulness. 

The comedy also features the famous Watch, captained by the malapropping Dogberry.  If this play is not the missing Love’s Labor’s Won, it likely falls neatly between the popular creations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night in Shakespeare’s writing career.