December 8-18 at Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Tickets are on sale now for William Shakespeare’s elegant romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing from December 8-18, directed by founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary.
Played inside Dixon Gallery & Gardens’ Winegardner Auditorium in East Memphis, Much Ado About Nothing continues TSC’s ninth season following its critically-acclaimed, popular production of To Kill a Mockingbird at Hutchison School.
The production’s Title Sponsors are Pat, Ernest, Martha, and Marian Kelly.
Tickets for the Preview performance on December 8 are only $16. Regularly-priced tickets for all other performances are $34. The December 8 and 15 performances are Free Will Kids’ Nights: 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. Tickets for Opening Night on December 9 include a complimentary post-show reception and toast with the actors. Performances are general admission; first-come/first-seated.
The professional cast of nine actors, each of whom will be doubling in the show, include returning favorites Tony Molina, Jr. (To Kill a Mockingbird, Macbeth) as Benedick and Watch #2, Carey Urban (Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet) as Beatrice and Conrade, Phil Darius Wallace (Henry V, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew) as Don Pedro and Watch #3, and Michael Khanlarian (To Kill a Mockingbird, Henry V, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night) as Leonato and Watch #4.
New to TSC this season are Marquis Archuleta (Borachio/Balthasar/Friar) and Nathan Snow (Claudio/Sexton) from Montana, Cally Shine (Hero/Verges) from Washington, Brian Russell (Dogberry/Don John) from Nashville, and Jillian Barron (Margaret/Watch #1) from Memphis.
The design team consists of TSC veterans, including lighting designer Jeremy Fisher, scenic designer Brian Ruggaber, costume designer Ashley Selberg, and associate lighting designer Kristen Reding. The production stage manager is Melissa A. Nathan, and the assistant stage manager is Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough.
TSC’s production, featuring the merry war of love between Benedick and Beatrice, is inspired by the coastal, breezy port town of Messina and the permanent Impressionist collection in Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Messina’s marbleized architecture and curving silhouettes form the foreground of a Messina in nighttime firework-laden celebration as imagined by Vincent van Gogh.
The evening celebrates, in true Italian wedding style, the decorative holiday season. The actors, as masked revelers, perform the play in their formal eveningwear and double into their second roles with holiday masks for the occasion.