TSC Announces Full Ninth Season of Plays and Educational Activities for 2016-17

Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Announces Full Ninth Season of Plays and Educational Activities for 2016-17

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(Memphis, TN; August 11, 2016) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional, classical theatre, today announced its full 2016-17 season of plays, outreach programs, and Education initiatives in the Memphis area and beyond.

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 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. 

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.

In the winter, TSC returns to Dixon Gallery & Gardens for the holiday season with an elegant, celebratory Much Ado About Nothing befitting the season of cheer.  Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, directed by McCleary, plays on the Winegardner Auditorium 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 Southern Literary Salons return, featuring the works of Eudora Welty (Mississippi Myth) on January 27 and Flannery O’Connor (Georgia Gothic) on April 21.  These literary parties in beautiful, private homes from 6:00-8:00 pm curate readings, light fare, and writer-specific libations.

Back by popular demand is The Shakespeare Brunch, featuring abbreviated, staged readings of a redemptive The Winter’s Tale (November 20) and a provocative The Merchant of Venice (May 21) preceded by an expansive brunch buffet and bar.  Acted by some of TSC’s best-known actors, the Brunches run from 12:30-3:30 pm inside the elegant Memphis Hunt & Polo Club. 

The season also includes the Eighth Annual Shakespeare Gala, bringing to Memphis a new Broadway headliner on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Germantown Performing Arts Center.  The Gala, complete with lavish dinner and open bars located throughout the theatre, supports TSC’s nationally-acclaimed Education Program.

This season, the Education Program significantly expands its anti-violence schools residency and performance schedule of The Romeo and Juliet Project.  Nine actor/teaching-artists will work in over 20 schools, largely underserved, in Shelby County from September through February, reaching more than 6,000 students.  Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, a fun 2-actor introduction to the playwright’s essential scenes and soliloquies, will tour schools and theatres throughout the southeastern United States.  Both productions are created and directed by TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine.

TSC’s generous Mainstage title sponsors include FedEx; Dorothy O. Kirsch; Ernest, Pat, Martha, & Marian Kelly; Independent Bank; Tennessee Arts Commission; Ann and Wellford Tabor; and The University of Memphis.

TSC’s season partners are Dixon Gallery & Gardens, The Hutchison School, Shelby County Schools, St. George’s Church, 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 is an 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.  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 this non-traditional family, even after years of separation, from making a heart-felt discovery.

“I am deeply grateful to our season sponsors, production partners, and over 300 donors who make professional, classical theatre and our education programming possible.  The work we do with children in our schools is immediate, impactful, proven, and a powerful model for successful replication throughout the United States.  We live in a time when the arts, and experiencing Shakespeare’s plays, need to be at the center of our national educational curriculum, not subsisting on the fringes.  They are not a luxury, they are for everyone.  The works of William Shakespeare are our birthright, and if they are supported educationally and financially then we see first-hand how our children enthusiastically embrace his compassion, his poetry, and his open-hearted query of humanity.”

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The Southern Literary Salons

The Southern Literary Salons

 

A literary party from 6:00-8:00 pm featuring writer-specific libations, light fare, and at least 30 Southern-inspired minutes of influential writers in a private, gracious home.  Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both, and include the entertainment, open bar, and fare.

 

WeltyEudora Welty: Mississippi Myth

January 27, 2017

Hosted by Nancy Copp in her legendary Germantown home

She described writing fiction as “a personal act of vision.”  Eudora Welty (1900-2001) was widely popular as a writer and photographer from her lifelong home in Jackson, MS.  Welty was at literary home seemingly only in experimentation, her vast skill-set ranging from comedy to tragedy, realistic to surreal, fiction to biography, fairy tale to history – always in the South.  Her canon includes the short stories in A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, and The Golden Apples, and the novels The Ponder Heart and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Optimist’s Daughter.

 

FlanneryFlannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic

April 21, 2017

Hosted by Melia and Drew Murphy at their gracious Germantown home

“Give me the grace, dear God, to see the bareness and the misery of the places where You are not adored but desecrated,” the 20-year-old O’Connor writes in A Prayer Journal.  “Am I trying to shock with God?  Please don’t let me have to scrap the story because it turns out to mean more wrong than right…or any wrong.”  The author of Wise Blood, The Violent Bear It Away, A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Everything that Rises Must Converge, O’Connor spent most of her life in Savannah and Milledgeville, GA.  Her work is often described as birthing the Southern Gothic style.  “There is nothing harder than Christian realism…the reviewer always has hold of the wrong horror.”

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

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PURCHASE TICKETS

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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The Shakespeare Brunches

The Shakespeare Brunches

Back by Popular Demand!

Join us for an elegant Sunday brunch, drinks, and abbreviated Shakespeare readings in a beautiful and sociable indoor setting.  Acted by some of your favorite players, the readings are preceded by a delicious and varied buffet with cash bar.  Your $40 ticket includes all but the bar.  Attire: cocktail/business casual.

at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
650 S. Shady Grove Road, Memphis

Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor

 

pic a winters tale2016The Winter’s Tale

Sunday, November 20

12:30-3:30 pm

directed by Stephanie Shine

Shakespeare’s late romance features a Bohemian rhapsody of near-magical redemption and forgiveness.

 

 

 

pic mechant venice2016The Merchant of Venice

Sunday, May 21, 2017

12:30-3:30 pm

directed by Dan McCleary

Shakespeare’s early “comedy” was controversial for giving human dimension to the oft-maligned Jewish community.  The controversy remains today, but for entirely different reasons.  Can we discover “harmony in the spheres?” 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

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PURCHASE TICKETS

a holiday revel of comic romance
by William Shakespeare
directed by Dan McCleary

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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