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, 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.”

 

The Mainstage Productions

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

the daring American masterpiece
adapted from Harper Lee by Christopher Sergel
directed by Dan McCleary
in partnership with The Hutchison School
sponsored by FedEx
Wiener Theater at Hutchison School
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.

 

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

a holiday revel of comic romance
by William Shakespeare
sponsored by Pat, Ernest, Martha, & Marian Kelly
at Dixon Gallery & Gardens
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. 

 

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

an hysterical, brief exuberance
by William Shakespeare
in partnership with the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance
sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor; and Independent Bank
at the University of Memphis
June 8-18, 2017

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 are only $16.  All Thursday night 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.  Dixon members receive 20% off all Much Ado About Nothing performances (no other discounts may apply).  All Opening Night performances include a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.  

Performances are general admission; first come/first seated.  Free parking.  No refunds or exchanges.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket fee.  Plays, casts, and schedules are subject to change with notice.