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Welcome to TSC’s Eighth Season:

CELEBRATION 400
1616-2016

William Shakespeare was likely 52 years old when he died, on the same month and day on which he was born, April 23, 1616.  We commemorate the 400th anniversary of his passing with our eighth season-celebration of plays, readings, Salons, feasts, and extensive programming for children and teenagers in the Memphis area.
 
One of the mysteries of Shakespeare’s life that we embrace is his innovative development of Redemption as a theme.  He ends his playwriting career with his characters awash in it.  What prompted him to seek salvation from error or evil in his literary families and on his battlefields?  Was it strictly scholarship?  Was it personal, spiritual, or humanitarian?
 
At his most moving and surprising, William Shakespeare explores the power of Redemption and her attending angels: Grace, Forgiveness, and Heroism.
 
In each play and event this season, you can experience 52 years of the surprising man who indeed is “for all time.”  Whether s/he is his noble Caius Martius Coriolanus, the young healer Helena, thoughtful kings Henry V and Richard II, the duplicitous fat knight Falstaff, or our Salon headliners Harper Lee (a woman well ahead of her time) and Ernest Hemingway (a man racing against time), Shakespeare and our writers reveal Redemption as central to our humanity on Earth.
 
We celebrate the man who articulated the theme for us, and from whom we have had the language to speak its power for the past 400-plus years.
 
Please join us,
 
Dan McCleary
Founder and Producing Artistic Director

 

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Henry V

Henry VWilliam Shakespeare's perfect wartime chronicle
in memory of Dan Copp
in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance
at the University of Memphis' Theatre Building
June 9-19, 2016

sponsored by 

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Ann & Wellford Tabor and Ernest & Pat Kelly

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“we few, we happy few, we band of brothers”

Shakespeare’s rousing history crowns both young King Henry V as a warrior Legend and his rationale for waging war as a haunting moral ambiguity.  In his youth, young Hal spent his days in a band of pick-pockets led by the derelict fat knight Falstaff.   But having successfully defended his father-King in their country’s civil war, now King Henry decides France is his to take.  He conquers superior numbers abroad with soaring orations and wins a princess without a tongue for French. 

But at what cost?

At 10 minutes prior to each performance, Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary and/or the director will speak with the audience about the play and playwright.

Free Will Kids’ Nights are June 9 and 16:  Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian. 

General Admission tickets are $34.  The Preview performances (only $16) are June 9 and 10 at 7:00 pm.  The opening night is June 11, and the price of your ticket includes a post-show reception with the actors.  Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16. 

Free parking.  Title/cast/schedule subject to change, with notice.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket processing fee.  No refunds/exchanges.

All’s Well That Ends Well

pic-alls-well-that-ends-wellthe miracle comedy by William Shakespeare
in honor of Barbara B. Apperson
directed by Dan McCleary
sponsored by Margaret & Owen Tabor; Rose M. Johnston; Virginia Apperson & Pete Williams
at Dixon Gallery & Gardens' Winegardner Auditorium
December 10-20

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“Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie”

Shakespeare’s miracle play uniquely features a miraculous young girl in the vaunted Hero’s role typically assigned to the valiant young man.  Daughter to a recently-deceased and famous physician, Helena, in communication with her better stars, finds she is able to heal death, forgive man, and perhaps even redeem humanity. 

In the mystery of life, not everything will make practical sense.  Sometimes, we need a little magic, a little miracle, a little deception, a “little Helen.”  And as this is the season of Solstice, Miracle, and Light, let’s embrace the mystery. 

At 10 minutes prior to each performance, Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary will speak with the audience about the play and playwright.

Free Will Kids’ Nights are December 10 and 17:  Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian. 

General Admission tickets are $34.  The Preview performance (only $16) is December 10 at 7:00 pm.  The opening night is December 11, and the price of your ticket includes a post-show reception with the actors.  Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16.  Dixon members receive 20% off all performances (no other discounts may apply). 

Free parking.  Title/cast/schedule subject to change, with notice.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket processing fee.  No refunds/exchanges.

Southern Literary Salon:
Ernest Hemingway in Key West

Ernest HemingwayFriday, February 26, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm

Hosted by Melia and Drew Murphy inside and outside their gracious Germantown home

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Sponsored by Tom's BBQ & Deli
(4087 Getwell Road, Memphis)

The Salon is a literary party featuring writer-specific libations, light fare, music, and 30 Southern-inspired minutes of influential writers of or in the South. 

Artist John Dos Passos told him to go there in 1928.  He didn’t plan to stay long, but when his future father-in-law purchased a home for Ernest and his new bride, he took up residence for much of the 1930s in Key West.  There, Ernest Hemingway entered a period of experimental writing that would install him as one of the most influential American voices to this day.  In his guest house overlooking his in-ground pool (the first in the Keys) he worked on For Whom the Bell Tolls, Green Hills of Africa, Death in the Afternoon, A Farewell to Arms, Winner Take Nothing, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro.  The southern climate also pervades his steaming To Have and Have Not and his biographical Islands in the Stream.

Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both (with the Harper Lee Salon), and include the entertainment, open bar, and fare.

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pic-comedy-of-errors400: The Shakespeare Feast

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

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.