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Announcing our Ninth Mainstage Season (2016-17)

(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.”

Read more: Announcing our Ninth Mainstage Season (2016-17)

The Comedy of Errors

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an hysterical, brief exuberance
by William Shakespeare
in partnership with the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance

June 8-18, 2017

at the University of Memphis
(3745 Central Avenue, Memphis 38111)
sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor; and

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Produced under agreements with the professional entertainment unions: Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

“Methinks you are my glass, and not my brother:
I see by you I am a sweet-fac’d youth”

Shakespeare’s rowdiest, earliest, shortest comedy has become a popular foundation for the world’s entertainment over the last two centuries.  Two sets of identical twins are separated at birth on the high seas, and now as young adults the immigrant master/servant pairing comes searching for their twin brothers in Ephesus.  Unknown to them, their father has made pursuit, and their mother…well, that’s a surprise.  The immigrants, too, are surprised:  they learn they have a house, a sister-in-law, a housekeeper, a bill due, and wives.  A glorious, rhyming tale of mistaken identities is here gracefully folded into redeeming challenges to the laws of a native land and the strength of a non-traditional family.

 

Box Office Information

General Admission tickets are on sale now, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at TSC’s office located within The Shops at Forest Hill at 3092 Village Shops Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 (near Target); by calling 901-759-0604, or by going on-line to www.tnshakespeare.org (Twitter: @tnshakespeare).

Ticket prices, unchanged from last season, are $34.

Tickets for Preview performances (June 8 and 9 at 7pm) are only $16. 

Both Thursday night performances (June 8 and 15 at 7pm) are Free Will Kids’ Nights:  Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian. 

The Opening Night performance (June 10 at 7pm) includes a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.

Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16 for any performance. 

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

Pictured: Brian Sheppard

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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the daring American masterpiece
adapted from Harper Lee by Christopher Sergel
directed by Dan McCleary
in partnership with The Hutchison School
(1740 Ridgeway Road, Memphis 38119)
performing at the Wiener Theater at Hutchison School

sponsored by

September 20 – October 2

Produced under agreements with the professional entertainment unions: Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois.

 

“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

The American classic that fought prejudice with integrity, courage, and a child’s compassion proved bigger than Monroeville, Alabama, the American south, and the United States.  With healing power and loving humor, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is here adapted, with her approval, for the modern professional stage in a world that has yet to take all of her life lessons to heart.  As poetic as it is prophetic, To Kill a Mockingbird and its literary icons Atticus Finch, Scout, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell offer hope and democracy to a hurting humanity.

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 Jamison (Stephanie), Carolyn Spratley (Mrs. Dubose), Chris Cotton (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.

NEW:  Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the first 24 seats sold to each performance of this play only.  These seats will be located in the new Best Seats section of the theatre: the center six seats in rows 2-5.

Box Office Information

General Admission tickets are on sale now, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at TSC’s office located within The Shops at Forest Hill at 3092 Village Shops Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 (near Target); by calling 901-759-0604, or by going on-line to www.tnshakespeare.org (Twitter: @tnshakespeare).

Ticket prices, unchanged from last season, are $34. 

Tickets for Preview performances (September 20 and 23 at 7pm) are only $16. 

Thursday, September 29 at 7pm is Free Will Kids’ Night:  Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian. 

The Opening Night (September 24 at 7pm) performance includes a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.

Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16 for any performance.

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

 

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Much Ado About Nothing

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a holiday revel of comic romance
by William Shakespeare
sponsored by Pat, Ernest, Martha, & Marian Kelly

performing at

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(4339 Park Avenue, Memphis 38117)

December 8-18

Produced under agreements with the professional entertainment unions: Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

 

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you – is not that strange?”

Decked to delight in tuxedoes and gowns, these holiday revelers merry-make with one of the most popular comedies in the English language. 

Now returning from their victorious war in the trenches, the officers enter the Dixon armed only with cocktails.  The ladies they return to prove more of a challenge than that on the battlefield.  World-weary Benedick and gallant Claudio encompass sharp-tongued Beatrice and fair Hero with altogether different romances – the one in denial and the other aflame.  High spirits play out in the Dixon masque as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived, and eternal bliss is threatened – though not before domestic tranquility wins out with the disassembled help of constable Dogberry and his faithful Watch. 

Box Office Information

General Admission tickets are on sale now, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at TSC’s office located within The Shops at Forest Hill at 3092 Village Shops Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 (near Target); by calling 901-759-0604, or by going on-line to www.tnshakespeare.org (Twitter: @tnshakespeare).

Ticket prices, unchanged from last season, are $34.

Dixon members receive 20% off all Much Ado About Nothing performances (no other discounts may apply).  

Tickets for the Preview performance (December 8 at 7pm) are only $16. 

Both Thursday night performances (December 8 and 15 at 7pm) are Free Will Kids’ Nights:  Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian. 

The Opening Night performance (December 9 at 7pm) includes a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.  

Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16 for any performance. 

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

 

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Arts Midwest Announces 2016–2017
Shakespeare in American Communities
Grants
Including Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Grants Mark 14th Year of Bringing Shakespeare to Youth

logo nea 2016Minneapolis, MN/Memphis, TN – Arts Midwest today announced $1 million in grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states, plus the District of Columbia, to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company was announced as one of the 40 recipients (one of only six in the southeastern U.S.) for the third time in its history.  The grant will support TSC’s innovative and successful Romeo and Juliet Project in underserved Freshman high school classes in 2016-17.

The awards mark the fourteenth consecutive year of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Each of the participating theater companies will present productions of Shakespeare plays to students from at least 10 schools.  Accompanying educational activities include in-school residencies, workshops, or post-performance discussions.  Performances will take place between August 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has introduced middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare, benefiting more than 2.8 million individuals, including 2.3 million students, with live performances and educational activities.

Read more: Arts Midwest Announces 2016–2017 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants