The National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest Award Tennessee Shakespeare Company with Prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities Grant for Second Year
(Memphis, TN; July 7, 2014) – Arts Midwest has announced that Tennessee Shakespeare Company is one of just 40 theatre companies in the United States to receive its prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities grant for TSC's innovative Romeo and Juliet Project. This is the second consecutive year TSC has been awarded the grant as the youngest organization of the 40 theatres selected.
The grant is for $25,000, which TSC must match through private donations.
the tragedy by William Shakespeare
directed by David Demke
and featuring Dan McCleary
GPAC/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall
October 30, 31, and November 1, 2014
at 7:00 pm
Sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor
“I shall despair. There is no creature loves me,
And if I die, no soul will pity me.”
Only THREE special Halloween performances!
TSC’s production of William Shakespeare’s early Morality Play raises history from the dead to put the notorious King Richard III on trial before you and the spirit world.
Unearthed from a buried Friary just two years ago in Leicester, England, the painfully deformed 1485 skeleton of Richard now is brought to frightening life in a cadaver synod during which his murderous actions to the throne are reconsidered during the reverence of All Hallow’s Eve. A soul still wandering between this life and the next, history’s notorious “bottled spider” has much more he would like for you to consider before passing final judgment on his actions that gained him the throne but have haunted him ever since.
David Demke (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) returns to TSC to direct the production with a stellar cast of eight actors, including the return of Caley Milliken, (TSC’s Ariel, Marc Antony, Lady Capulet, and Peaseblossom), Paul Kiernan (TSC’s Petruchio), Johnny Lee Davenport (TSC’s Prospero, Oberon, and Othello), and Artistic Director Dan McCleary as the “bunch-back’d toad.”
The creative team includes costumer Bruce Bui (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), lighting designer Jeremy Fisher (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Unto the Breach), and scenic designer Brian Ruggaber (University of Memphis, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).
Free Will Kids’ Night is in effect for all performances: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. Limit: four children per guardian. Seating is general admission.