(Memphis, TN, July 18, 2016) – 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 Christopher Sergel revised adaptation will perform in the Wiener Theater on the campus of The 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. 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 includes Kaitlyn Graham, CQ Gintz, Zoe Ford, Reece Berry, and Violet Wallace.
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. Tickets may be purchased now by calling TSC’s Box Office at (901) 759-0604 or online at www.tnshakespeare.org.
Then in the winter, TSC returns Dixon Gallery & Gardens for the holiday season with a formally-attired revel befitting the season of cheer. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing plays on the Winegardner 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 season will also include the return of TSC’s Southern Literary Salons, the Shakespeare Gala featuring a new Broadway headliner on Friday, March 10 at Germantown Performing Arts Center, an expanded Romeo and Juliet Project, a touring two-hander, and a year-long schedule of county-wide education programming. Plus, a surprise or two. All to be announced shortly.
TSC’s generous Mainstage title sponsors include FedEx; Ernest, Pat, Martha, & Marian Kelly; Independent Bank; Tennessee Arts Commission; Ann and Wellford Tabor; and The University of Memphis.
TSC’s Mainstage season partners are Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, The Hutchison School, the Shelby County School system, 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, to me, is the 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. I hope framing the story as we will in our production will inspire the consideration of the poetic humanity gleaned by a child in rural 1935 south Alabama. 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 the deep love within a non-traditional family, even after years of separation, from making a heart-felt discovery. ”
“We are honored to partner with our wonderful friends at Hutchison School, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, and the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance. They are all Memphis cultural gems.”