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Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote, and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers, and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, Tennessee Shakespeare Company has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org.
Isaac Anderson* (Parolles in All's Well That Ends Well) is delighted to be returning to Tennessee Shakespeare Company in All's Well That Ends Well after making his first professional performance with TSC in The Romeo and Juliet Project in 2014. His recent theatre credits include Beethoven in Dog Sees God (Santa Monica Playhouse) and Orestes in Orestes (Steppenwolf West). Recent film and television credits include roles in Zoombies (Syfy Channel), Killer Kids (Lifetime Movie Network), and Just One Drink (Chinese American Film festival).
Rebecca Bailey Klepko (Costume Designer for All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: Assistant Costume Designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night. Rebecca received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of Memphis and her BA in Theatre Studies in Costume Design from Brigham Young University. Her most recent designs include Beggar's Opera for the University of Memphis Opera, Fiddler on the Roof and Annie Get Your Gun at Sundance Summer Theater, Blood Wedding at Utah Valley University, Phantom of the Opera, Arabian Nights, and Batboy at the University of Memphis, and in BYU Young Ambassador's Harmony. She has also served as Assistant Designer on New Day Children's Theater's Beauty and the Beast. She would like to thank her husband Ryan and her baby puppies, Bleu and Watson, for being her best assistants in life!
Lydia Barnett-Mulligan* (Helena in All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: 400: The Shakespeare Feast. Lydia has trained and performed at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, since the age of 15, where credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Ice Glen, both directed by Tina Packer, and Servant of Two Masters directed by Dan McCleary. She is a seasonal company member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston, where plays have included Measure for Measure, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Selected regional credits include The Physicists (w/ Roger Rees) at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Saving Kitty (Kitty) at the Nora Theatre, Twelfth Night (Viola) and Pericles (Thaisa) at Elm Shakespeare in New Haven, CT, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) at Putney Gardens, and Shakespeare On Love (Juliet) at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Directing credits: King John, The Tempest, and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at Williams College. www.lydiabarnettmulligan.com
Lawrence Blackwell (Fight Choreographer for Lend Me Thy Sword! Foils, Fisticuffs, and Funny FUNNY Bits and for Romeo and Juliet Schools Tour) received his MFA from the University of Louisville and is currently working to complete his PhD at Bowling Green State University. He began stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors in 1996 and has choreographed fights for plays including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Physicist, Three Penny Opera, as well as the operas Cosi tan Fu, and Don Giovani.
E. Frank Bluestein (Executive Director) is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In October of 1998, USA Today named Mr. Bluestein as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. Mr. Bluestein is a past winner of the American Theatre Association's John C. Barner Award, a national award given to one secondary school teacher whose theatre program is judged most exemplary for the year. He has served as an arts advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the College Board Arts Advisory Committee, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance. He currently serves as managing director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally-recognized statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, TN. He has twice been named to Memphis Magazine's Who's Who in Memphis poll, and was presented a community service award for his accomplishments in education by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Until his recent retirement, Mr. Bluestein served for 37 years as the chairman of the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department in Germantown. He was the founder and Artistic Director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also served as Executive Producer for Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), the school's three-million-dollar educational television facility. In 1984, he helped the Germantown High School Department of Fine Arts become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund Arts in Education Award. Graduates from his program include Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell; film, television, and stage actress Missi Pyle; Emmy-winning casting director (Desperate Housewives & NYPD Blue) Scott Genkinger; NPR reporter Debbie Elliott; and Blue Man Group actor Wes Day. During Mr. Bluestein's tenure, Germantown Community Television received over 130 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and was named eleven times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA, most recently in 2013. The studio has been recognized with regional Emmy and Cable Ace Award nominations. Mr. Bluestein also participated in the educational programs of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and led his team of teachers and scores of students to win two national student Emmys (National Student Television Award of Excellence) for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 33 regional first-place student Emmy awards. He has served as a director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend Joyce Cobb. In September 2013, he was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame in Minneapolis. Mr. Bluestein is a frequent speaker and writer on arts related issues.
Jeremy Allen Fisher (Lighting Designer for All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: Twelfth Night, Richard III, Unto the Breach, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and Hamlet. Jeremy is the Resident Lighting Designer for Theatre Memphis. He recently lit up the water tower on Broad Street in Memphis. He also has worked with Ballet Memphis, Busch Gardens, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, The University of Memphis, Northern Oklahoma College, Collage Dance, and The Santa Fe Opera. Awards include seven Ostrander nominations for his Lighting Designs, first place in lighting design at SW-USITT (2011), and first runner-up for the National Barbizon Lighting Award (2011). He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Lighting Design. Jeremy thanks his wife, friends, family, mentors, and colleagues for all their support.
Megan Gardner (House Manager for All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: assistant stage manager for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and house manager for Showplace Memphis. Megan is pursuing a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Performance, along with a minor in Communications with a concentration in TV and Film Production. Some of her work at the University includes roles in How I Learned To Drive, Macbeth, and Well. She is thrilled to work with Tennessee Shakespeare Company and such an amazingly talented cast and crew again. She would like to thank Dan McCleary for the opportunity and her entire family and friends for their constant support.
Barry Gilmore (Music Arranger and Musician for All's Well That Ends Well) has been pleased to compose, arrange, and perform music for a number of TSC productions, including the company's inaugural production of As You Like It. When he is not playing Celtic and other folk music in venues throughout Memphis, he is the Middle School Head at Hutchison School, author of books for educators, and father to two daughters and veteran TSC audience members, Katy and Zoe.
Stuart Heyman (LaFew in All's Well That Ends Well) is delighted to return to TSC, having appeared as Corin in the inaugural production of As You Like It, Brabantio in Othello, and as Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew. Other Memphis area acting credits include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Fagin in Oliver!, Quixote/Cervantes in Man of La Mancha, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, TR in Tintypes, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. An avid Gilbert & Sullivan fan, Stuart is willing and able to perform the patter songs from any of their operettas upon request.
Jeanna Juleson (Widow Capilet in All's Well That Ends Well) This is Jeanna’s first production with TSC, and she is thrilled to act with this wonderfully dedicated theatre company. Originally from Los Angeles, Jeanna has spent the past 30 years performing on most of the stages here in our community. Recent productions include Billy Elliot, Gypsy, and Angels in America at Playhouse on the Square. Other productions include roles in Hot’L Baltimore, Present Laughter, Cabaret, and Into the Woods. Additionally, she provides vocal talent and editing for audio book recordings, and has also performed with Chatterbox Audio Theater. She currently teaches in the After School Acting Program for Playhouse on the Square. Jeanna thanks Dan McCleary for this opportunity to help create the world of William Shakespeare. All is well!
Bradley Karel (Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well; Journeyman Artist-Manager) TSC: Lend Me Thy Sword schools tour, Romeo and Juliet Project, Harper Lee Salon, 400: Shakespeare Feast. Bradley is a Memphis native and recently graduated from the University of Memphis with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Last summer, he worked in Wooster, OH, for the Ohio Light Opera Company's season, performing light operas such as Cole Porter's Can-Can, Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon, and many others. He has toured with Voices of the South in their children's show, It's All Greek To Me, spent a year making guests smile in Walt Disney World, and performed A Tree, A Dog, and An Ordinary Man in NYC's Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Michael Khanlarian (Dumaine I/Lord I in All's Well That Ends Well) is a founding company member of TSC, returning after having lived in Los Angeles for the last few years. His TSC credits include 400: Shakespeare Feast, Antonio in Twelfth Night, Roderigo in Othello, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Gonzalo in The Tempest. Other credits include Prospero/Trinculo in The Tempest (self-produced), Iago in Othello (Theatre Memphis,) and working with one of his mentors Gloria Baxter as an ensemble member of the touring production Wild Legacy (Voices of the South). Michael received his BFA from the University of Memphis in performance, and trained in commedia at the Accadamia Del Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Thank you, Captain Dan, for bringing me back aboard.
Jake Lacher (Technical Director for All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: Technical Director for Twelfth Night and Assistant Technical Director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jake is excited to return to Tennessee Shakespeare Company. His work as a carpenter and technical director also been featured at Utah Festival Opera/Musical Theatre, The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, and The University of Memphis. Jake earned his BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from The University of Memphis. Thanks to Dan for another opportunity to work with such a fun company, and to Fiona for her constant love and support.
Dan McCleary+ (Director; TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director) is a native Memphian and a graduate of Germantown High School and its Poplar Pike Playhouse. Dan directed and acted in TSC’s inaugural production of As You Like It (Jaques) as well as 400: Shakespeare Feast, Unto the Breach, The Glass Menagerie, and The Taming of the Shrew. He directed TSC’s Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Themes from a Midsummer Night. He also has directed productions of As You Like It at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Servant of Two Masters outdoors in downtown Atlanta and at Seattle Shakespeare Company, and All’s Well That Ends Well at Georgia Shakespeare Festival. At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and played the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Richard III, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Porfiry in Crime and Punishment, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. As Associate Artistic Director at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, Dan acted in and directed over 30 productions, appearing as Coriolanus, Macbeth, Herman Melville, Stephano, Don Armado, Hotspur, Master Ford, Bertram, and Antipholus/Dromio of Ephesus. He directed S&Co’s first production of The Servant of Two Masters, also his own adaptation of Anaïs Nin’s Henry & June, Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain. Other Regional/New York theatre: Merrimack Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageWest, Alabama Shakespeare, Arden Theatre, Studio 4-A, and Huntington Theatre. Dan is a published poet, author of the play Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes around the country. Memphis Magazine named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” each year from 2009-12, and the Germantown Arts Alliance honored him with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts. He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University. Dan is the proud dad of five-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.
Cara McHugh (Education and Community Relations Manager) is originally from Memphis and is excited to return to Tennessee Shakespeare Company after serving as the 2013-2014 Journeyman Artist-Manager. Cara played Biondello in TSC's Taming of the Shrew and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. She received her M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Louisville in 2013 and her B.A. in Theatre and Political Science from Murray State University in 2009. While in Louisville, Cara taught children's theatre at Encore Youth Theatre and at Adelante Hispanic Achievers. She also taught for both the University of Louisville and Spalding University. Cara served on the Board for The Bard's Town Theatre in Louisville, where she performed in Misses Strata, Reasons to Be Pretty, and Just Like Life.
Caitlin McWethy (Diana in All's Well That Ends Well) is a member of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s resident ensemble, where her credits include Cyrano De Bergerac (Roxanne), One Man, Two Guvnors (Rachel Crabbe), Henry V (Katharine), and Little Women (Beth). She will be returning home to Cincinnati in January to play her dream role of Joan of Arc in Henry VI, Part 1. She is also the co-artistic director of Cincinnati’s newest theatre company – SHEatre: Cincinnati Women’s Theatre. Other regional credits include work with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Georgia Shakespeare, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Theatre West Virginia, and the 52nd Street Project.
Melissa A. Nathan* (Production Stage Manager for All's Well That Ends Well) is thrilled to be back at TSC where she previously stage managed The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, and Twelfth Night. Other regional credits include The Real Inspector Hound, The Winter’s Tale, and What the Butler Saw (Theater at Monmouth), Underneath the Lintel and Side by Side by Sondheim (Riverside Theatre), RED (Triad Stage), Deathtrap (Centenary Stage), Educating Rita (Florida Rep), August: Osage County (WPPAC), The Mound Builders (Kaliyuga Arts), Bonnie & Clyde (Asolo Rep), Measure for Measure, The Imaginary Invalid, and Julius Caesar (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre). She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and the Stage Managers’ Association.
Ashley J. Nickas (Assistant Stage Manager for All's Well That Ends Well) is honored to join Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s team. Some of Ashley's recent credits include being the stage manager intern for the Broadway company of Wicked, production stage manager for Pimm’s Mission with Oberon Theatre Ensemble, rehearsal stage manager for Her Speech, as part of Planet Connections' Playwrights For A Cause, production stage manager for Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women in Rochester, NY, and event stage manager at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Ashley thanks her family, friends, and Lorraine Cotten for their endless support and encouragement! For more information please visit ashleynickas.com.
Heather Roberts (Dumaine II/Lord II/gentleman/page in All's Well That Ends Well; Journeyman Artist-Manager) TSC: Lend Me Thy Sword schools tour, Romeo and Juliet Project, Harper Lee Salon, 400: Shakespeare Feast. Heather is excited to be in her first season at TSC. She is a member of the Actors' Gang in Los Angeles, where she has performed in The Ghost Sonata, Harry Potter Hamlet, and The Queen Family's Very Special Holiday Special. Other theatre credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Ark Theatre Co.), Twelfth Night (a Noise Within), All's Well That Ends Well (Seattle Shakespeare Co.), Marat/Sade (Balagan Theatre), Dead Man's Cell Phone (International City Theatre), Little Women (Culver City Public Theatre), and Mame (5th Avenue Theatre). She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts.
Brian Ruggaber (Scenic/Props Designer for All's Well That Ends Well) is proud to return to Tennessee Shakespeare Company, having designed TSC’s Richard III and Twelfth Night, in partnership with the University of Memphis’s Department of Theatre and Dance. A recent transplant to Memphis, he is an award-winning scenic designer who currently heads the Scenic Design Program at the University of Memphis. He had designed scenery for over 130 productions including Opera, Drama, Musical Theatre, and Dance. Prior to joining U of M’s faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and an Associate Professor of Design at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, and has an MFA from The University of Massachusetts and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
William Shakespeare (Playwright) died 400 years ago at age 52 this coming April, yet his language remains fresh and modern; his phraseology forms the core of our casual conversation, social media, and political rhetoric; and his skill at authorship and progressive understanding of our psyches has served as the foundation of master works of literature, psychology, philosophy, performance, pedagogy, and our humanity the world over. Yet, he was probably a lot like you, regardless of your age. William Shakespeare was born into an Age of alarming innovation and discovery in every field of study: voyage, religion, printing, science, commerce, history, disaster, and triumph. Just like you. There was revolution all around him, and for us the occurrences of financial tumult, widespread poverty, victory and defeat overseas, scientific discovery, natural catastrophe, a warming planet, an increasingly intelligent world due to electronic information-sharing, and women beginning to share corporate and political leadership all create a similar Age of Renaissance. William was born into an Age of religious ambivalence, often with accompanying violence, and he received the usual education for a boy of the Age, until he as 12 years old. He married an older woman, perhaps because they were pregnant first. And there are two periods in his early adult life that we know very little about. When he emerges in documentation, he is an actor and a writer. But he doesn’t write like the others around him. He writes, using known stories, through the rhythm of his heart. You can hear it in his verse lines. He began to write his life into his plays: when his son Hamnet and father die, there is Hamlet; after his mother dies and England’s riots create domestic war, there is Coriolanus; after he falls in love with a dark-haired woman in the city (or the Court, more likely), there are the Sonnets to his Dark Lady and all of his Rosalinds in As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labor’s Lost; and when his daughters come of age, there are his final plays in which the daughters redeem their fathers. It is said of William that he created the human being. Indeed, he developed character on stage with psychological underpinnings and fragile grace resulting in landmark joys or the end of lives. Like a genuine poet, he forces no answers upon us. He lends us timeless questions. William was a Revolutionary because he dared to question his life in a public forum, and he discovered that that which is most personal is shared by us all. It is collectively held and needs to be articulated and felt for the health of a community. In so doing, William redefined the function of theatre. His Age compelled and inspired him, just as our own Age can do for us.
Joey Shaw* (King in All's Well That Ends Well) is delighted to be back in Memphis for his third consecutive season with Tennessee Shakespeare Company. With TSC: 400: Shakespeare Feast, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quince), and Romeo and Juliet (Romeo/sound designer). He was a 2014-15 TSC artist-manager, performing in the schools touring show Shakespeare Said It! and teaching in the summer camps. In TSC's past two seasons, he has been a proud teaching artist in the Romeo and Juliet Project. In his native Seattle, Joey has appeared in Twelfth Night (for which he wrote original music) and Antony and Cleopatra with Seattle Shakespeare, I Am of Ireland (dir. Stephanie Shine) with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Love's Labor's Lost with Greenstage, and Attempts on Her Life with The Horse in Motion. Other credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor with Opera House Arts and Romeo and Juliet (dir. Stephanie Shine) with Shakespeare Walla Walla. He holds a B.A. in Drama from the University of Washington. Joey extends his sincere thanks to Dan and Steph, and to Barbara Apperson.
Stephanie Shine* (Countess in All's Well That Ends Well; General Manager; Education Director; Gala Coordinator) is the creator of TSC’s The Romeo and Juliet Project. Her TSC directorial credits include 400: Shakespeare Feast, Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012, 2013), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows Lend Me Thy Sword, Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll, and Shakespeare Said It! Onstage, she performed the female role in Unto the Breach and appeared as Gertrude in Hamlet. In addition, Stephanie serves as the annual Gala Auctioneer and curates the material for and directs TSC's Literary Salons. From 1998 until love brought her to Memphis in 2011, she was the Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company. For SSC, she directed 17 productions including The Threepenny Opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the lauded all-male Taming of the Shrew. Other directorial credits include The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the award-winning one-woman internationally touring Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Marilyn: Forever Blonde, and several new works for Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre. Her production of I am of Ireland opened Book-It's 25th Anniversary Season in September of 2014. As an actor, she has performed with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, NYC's Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, The Empty Space, and Seattle Children's Theatre among others. Her Shakespeare roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, and The Chorus in Henry V. Ms. Shine is a graduate of both the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. The Germantown Arts Alliance honored Stephanie with its 2015 Medal for Performing Arts. She is the lucky mother of Conor, Cahilan, Sullivan, and Collins.
Brian Sheppard* (Lavatch in All's Well That Ends Well) returns to Tennessee Shakespeare Company after previously performing in The Taming of the Shrew and in the title role in Hamlet. Other regional theatre credits include The Liar (Centenary Stage Company), Twelfth Night (Plimoth Players), and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Palm Beach Drama Works). International: Babele (European Live Arts Network, Fuccechio, Italy). TV: Vetted (pilot). Film: Beautiful Something (currently in festivals around the world) and Salem Witch Hunt. Brian holds a B.A. in Theatre from Butler University and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. He is an avid fly-tier and fisherman.
Olivia Warfield (Company and Box Office Manager) is a native Memphian and alumna of Rhodes College, where she received her BA in International Business. During her college career, she had the opportunity both to travel extensively abroad and to work at Memphis in May International Festival, during which time her passion for the arts, culture, and the nonprofit mission was planted and now has bloomed. Olivia brings a wealth of skill and natural talent to her role welcoming TSC patrons and artists.
Nancy Wright (Bookkeeper) has provided bookkeeping services for small businesses in both the private and public arena for more than 20 years. She obtained her B.S. from UT Knoxville.
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Mangers in the United States.
+ Member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Embraces the Miracles of the Season with
All’s Well That Ends Well
at Dixon Gallery & Gardens
November 18, 2015 (Memphis, TN) – – Embracing the joy and mystery of the season, Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s fairy tale staging of William Shakespeare’s heroic comedy All’s Well That Ends Well continues its eighth performance season: Celebration 400.
All’s Well That Ends Well will run December 10-20 in Dixon Gallery & Gardens’ Winegardner Auditorium and will honor the company’s founding Board member and namesake of its Education Fund, Mrs. Barbara B. Apperson.
The production is sponsored by Virginia Apperson and Pete Williams III, Chip and Brooke Apperson, John and Lacy Apperson, Margaret and Owen Tabor, Rose M. Johnston, John and Katherine Dobbs, and Independent Bank.
Directed by TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary (most recently at the Dixon: Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, and Hamlet), All’s Well That Ends Well is a seasonal fairy tale of faith, forgiveness, and love in this production that will gravitate toward toward the play’s mysticism. Young Helena goes on a hero’s quest in search of love; and, armed with the healing power of her deceased father, she conceives of an astonishing plan that breathes life into all around her and wins the heart of the boy.
All’s Well That Ends Well features a professional, Equity ensemble from around the country and Memphis.
Returning to TSC are Isaac Anderson* (Romeo and Juliet) as Parolles, Brian Sheppard* (Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew) as Lavatch, Stuart Heyman (As You Like It, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew) as LaFew, Joey Shaw* (Romeo and Juliet) as the King, Stephanie Shine* as Countess, and Michael Khanlarian (As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night) as Dumaine I.
New to the company this season are Lydia Barnett-Mulligan* as Helena, Bradley Karel as Bertram, Jeanna Juleson as the Widow, Caitlin McWethy as Diana, and Heather Roberts as Dumaine II.
The design team includes Memphians Rebecca Bailey Klepko (costumes), Brian Ruggaber (scenic and properties), Jeremy Allen Fisher (lighting), and Barry Gilmore (music arranger/live hammered dulcimer and strings). The stage manager is Melissa A. Nathan*, with assistant Ashley J. Nickas.
Inspired by the artwork of Maxfield Parrish, the production features a neo-classical design found only in the imagination, including flowing costumes of era-less antiquity that combine to create a time of both structured and earthly beauty.
The story launches itself from the recent deaths of two fathers, prompting the King of France to take the only son (Bertram) of one of the fathers as royal ward in his Parisian court. Six months earlier, the only daughter (Helena) of a famous physician is made ward to Bertram’s mother (the Countess) when her father dies. The two teenagers, Bertram and Helena, have grown up and lived together, prompting both, though Helena with far greater articulation, to fall in love with each other.
The King is dying of a fistula, and he has recently waived off all doctors in accepting his death. Helena, with the Countess’ admittance, flies to the Court to heal the King with her father’s mystical powers. In so doing, she receives whatever she wishes from the King. She chooses for a husband Bertram, who is made to marry Helena against his spoken wish. Angered at being made to marry while a minor and also forced to stay home from the Florentine wars, Bertram and his strutting braggart of a friend Parolles escape to the battlefields and Italian women, leaving behind what would seem on the surface to be an unbreakable riddle for Helena to solve if she ever hopes of gaining him as a husband.
Journeying to Italy by herself and in disguise, employing newfound confederates Diana and her mother there, manipulating a bed trick with Bertram and announcing her own false death, Helena sets the stage for a final act before a confused King that blossoms with rebirth and presages the redemption of Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale.
The nucleus of the story is taken from a nearly 300-year-old Italian book of novellas titled The Decameron by Boccaccio. He creates a book that treats on multiple aspects of love as written by seven young women and three young men over ten days while in seclusion outside Florence to escape the plague. Shakespeare, however, invents most of the supporting characters who lend both gravitas and comedy to the main theme, and, in the case of Parolles, a singular sub-plot of shame and redemption.
Six Shakespeare Readings and Elegant Themed Dinners at The Memphis Hunt & Polo Club
(Memphis, TN, October 5, 2015) – – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre, commemorates the 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s passing with 400: The Shakespeare Feast – its first-ever Shakespeare reading series with elegant, themed dinners from October 22 through November 8.
Presented at the festive, privately-owned Memphis Hunt and Polo Club in East Memphis and hosted by members Owen and Margaret Tabor, 400 features six three-hour events that begin with a special buffet dinner/brunch and cash bar in the dining room and conclude in the intimate ballroom with six different Shakespeare play readings.
The readings will feature full casts of TSC company actors and an abbreviated script of two hours or less. The selected plays have never before been produced by TSC.
The dinner and brunch buffet menus for each of the six plays will be inspired by each play’s geography and character (Italian, French countryside, royal English, Falstaffian cornucopia, and elegant picnic).
Tickets are $57 and include the reading, dinner/brunch buffet, beverages, and gratuity. The cash bar is not included in the ticket price.
“These will be very fun and relatively brief evenings or early Sunday afternoons marrying the wooded beauty of the Polo Club with the intimacy of salon Shakespeare plays that we love together with themed Elizabethan menus prepared only the way the Hunt & Polo Club can,” says producing artistic director Dan McCleary. “It also gives us an opportunity to reflect on why William Shakespeare remains vital to our human development and why TSC was created in the Memphis area for adults and children alike.”
400 is made possible by the Miriam and Ernest Kelly Charitable Fund in memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Herstein, and by Pat and Ernest Kelly in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Casserly.
TSC’s Season Sponsors include Arts Memphis, Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, Nancy Copp, FedEx Corporation, Independent Bank, International Paper, Rose M. Johnston, Ernest and Pat Kelly, Jr., Milton T. Schaeffer, Margaret and Owen Tabor, Ann and Wellford Tabor, Tennessee Arts Commission, and The University of Memphis.
TSC’s Season Partners are Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, and The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance.
The 400 Lineup of Play Readings
Love’s Labor’s Lost
“O, my little heart!”
directed by Dan McCleary
Thursday, October 22
6:00-9:00 pm with dinner buffet
Widely regarded as Shakespeare’s “feast of Language,” his 1598 romantic comedy combines his earlier popular elements in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet in following a clutch of young men who make a pact to remove women from their lives in favor of meditation and scholarship. No sooner do the King of Navarre, Berowne, and the boys seal the deal than the Princess of France and her ladies arrive, thus immediately changing the play’s narrative forever. In the woods of romance, too, are several of Shakespeare’s most scholarly clowns, providing experiences of love in robust and outlandish articulation -- Holofernes, Costard the clown, and Don Adriano de Armado.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces Four New Members to its Board of Directors
Memphis, TN – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre and education organization, announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors, led by President Owen B. Tabor, M.D.
Now in the midst of its eighth season, TSC has expanded the Board to its largest membership. The Board is made up of 26 members and now six Emeritus members.
New members voted onto the Board beginning FY16 for their first three-year terms are:
Elise L. Jordan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with FedEx Express.
Dorothy O. Kirsch, Memphis philanthropist with a long history of supporting the arts and culture in the Mid-South.
Anne Johnson Mead, partner at the law firm of Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC, focusing her practice on litigation, collaborative law, and mediation. Anne is a member of the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations, and serves on the Board for the Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar.
Tracy Vezina Patterson, Director of Alumni Relations at Rhodes College. She is an alumna of Rhodes College and the University of Memphis School of Law. Tracy is actively involved in several ministries of St. George's Episcopal Church and has served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden. Past civic involvements include Memphis Civitan and Special Kids and Families.
Gala Sponsorship Packages 2016
Broadway's Rebecca Luker with Joseph Thalken, 2015.
The Seventh Annual Shakespeare Gala
You get the best dinner buffet, the best Broadway entertainment, multiple open bars, the most fun live auction in the city, plus the knowledge that you are celebrating for a great cause.
This year's party celebrates the life of our namesake on stage and then brings you, in person, one of the most talented performers on Broadway today.
Platinum, Gold, and Silver seating packages (with tiered benefits; same prices as last year) for 10 guests are now available by calling TSC's Gala Coordinator Stephanie Shine today at (901) 759-0620 or via email at [email protected]
Preferred seating is available in the order in which calls are received. Single tickets now on sale.
Attire: semi-formal and cocktail.
Choose from these Tiered options of 10-seat Packages:
PLATINUM TITLE SPONSOR ($5,000)
- Name recognition on Gala poster;
- Best seats in the house;
- Invitation to private, catered dinner party with the Broadway Guest Artist on February 13, 2015;
- Plus all items listed with Gold Sponsorship, below.
GOLD SPONSOR ($2,500)
- Name recognition on Invitation;
- Reserved dining table for 10;
- Preferential seating in theatre;
- Complimentary champagne, dessert, and photo opportunity in the Black Box Theatre during post-show reception with the Broadway Guest Artist;
- Plus all items listed with Silver Sponsorship, below.
SILVER SPONSOR ($1,500)
- Lavish dinner buffet;
- Dessert buffet;Name recognition in playbill;
- 10 tickets to the event;
- Preferential seating in GPAC theatre behind Gold Sponsors;
- Access to open bar.