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Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces Seventh Season of Plays

Revel Year-Round

(July 28, 2014) – – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, today announced its 2014-15 schedule of plays, which includes three by Shakespeare, the Southern Exposure Series, a continuing partnership with Dixon Gallery & Gardens, a new summer partnership with the University of Memphis, and a new Musical Works Festival sponsored by the Broadway licensing company of Memphis, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Color Purple, and All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley.

The season features performance programming year-round for the first time in TSC's history.

Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary plays the title role in Shakespeare's Richard III over Halloween in Germantown Performance Arts Center, followed by a festive musical hall production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in Dixon Gallery & Gardens in December. The Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala, with a Broadway headliner to be announced, plays February 14, 2015, in GPAC. The Tuesday Literary Salons return in the spring with Kate Chopin and William Faulkner. TSC then partners with the University of Memphis to present Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream on the University's mainstage during the solstice weeks of June. The U of M mainstage will also host the exciting Memphis>Broadway: A New Musical Works Festival in May, June, and August, sponsored by New York's Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

"For the first time in our organizational life, we are now able to present a wide-ranging performance season as we have been doing with our innovative, four-season education programs," says founder, Mr. McCleary. "This expansion is in line with our initial strategic plan, and it allows us to present important, all-new productions and projects in three distinct geographies for our patrons.

"This will be a pilot season for our partnership with the University of Memphis, which I am thrilled to continue from our work together on TSC's Romeo and Juliet earlier this year. We are already working with the University's outstanding designers to create a very special and fun Midsummer Night's Dream in the big theatre. Our collaboration with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, one of Broadway's elite licensing companies of popular and developing musicals, will be very exciting for musical artists and patrons – and will bring more national attention to Memphis. And of course, much of TSC's most expressive artistic work has been created at the Dixon over the years by virtue of Kevin Sharp's and his staff's kindness and evocative facility. We are, as always, honored to return."

TSC recently re-located from its long-time administrative office at the historic train depot in Germantown to new, more spacious offices five minutes east on Poplar Avenue in The Shops at Forest Hill.

TSC's Season Sponsors include Arts Memphis, Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, Nancy and Dan Copp, FedEx, Independent Bank, Ernest and Pat Kelly, National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest, Milton T. Schaeffer, The Family of Margaret and Owen Tabor, Ann and Wellford Tabor, and Tennessee Arts Commission.

TSC's Season Partners are Boyle Investment Company, The Commercial Appeal, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, St. George's Episcopal Church, Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and The University of Memphis.

Autumn

Richard III

sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor

TSC's production of William Shakespeare's early Morality Play raises history from the dead to put the notorious King Richard III on trial before his audience and the spirit world.

Unearthed from a buried Friary just two years ago in Leicester, England, the painfully deformed 1485 skeleton of Richard now is brought to frightening life in a cadaver synod during which his murderous actions to the throne are reconsidered during the reverence of All Hallow's Eve. A soul still wandering between this life and the next, history's notorious "bottled spider" has much more he would like for audiences to consider before passing final judgment on his actions that gained him the throne but have haunted him ever since.

David Demke (A Midsummer Night's Dream) returns to TSC to direct the production in the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall at GPAC, running October 30 – November 1, 2014, at 7:00 pm.

The stellar cast of eight returns Caley Milliken, (TSC's Ariel, Marc Antony, Lady Capulet, and Peaseblossom), Paul Kiernan (TSC's Petruchio), Johnny Lee Davenport (TSC's Prospero, Oberon, and Othello), and brings Artistic Director Dan McCleary center stage for the first time at TSC as the "bunch-back'd toad."

The creative team includes costumer Bruce Bui (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), lighting designer Jeremy Fisher (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Unto the Breach), and scenic designer Brian Ruggaber (University of Memphis, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

Free Will Kids' Night is in effect for all performances: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. Limit: four children per guardian. Press Opening is October 30 at 7:00 pm. Seating is general admission.

 

Winter

Twelfth Night

sponsored by Pat and Ernest Kelly

William Shakespeare's charming 1601 comedy is a topsy-turvy world of cross-dressing lovers, yellow cross-garters, and crossed identities. Inspired by the final days of Christmas, the winter solstice, and the Festival of Light, TSC celebrates the joy of the season in this uproarious music hall production in the Dixon Gallery & Gardens' Winegardner Auditorium from December 11-21, 2014.

Shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, Viola has lost her country and beloved twin brother. Disguising herself as Cesario, a page, she falls in love with Duke Orsino even as she delivers his affections to lovely Lady Olivia. Between beautiful songs, high comedy, and delicate poetry, love redeems all.
Free Will Kids' Nights are December 11 and 18: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. Limit: four children per guardian. The Preview performance is December 11 at 7:00 pm. Press Opening is December 12 at 7:00 pm. Seating is general admission. All Dixon members receive 20% off the regular ticket price for all performances.

 

Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala

The Valentine's Gala has become one of the most fun, talked-about events of the party season – and all for a good cause. The star-studded party starts at 6:00 pm on February 14, 2015, at GPAC. Over the last three years, Broadway celebrities who have performed at TSC's Gala to support its education program include Howard McGillin (Phantom of Opera), Charles Strouse (Annie), Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway), and Jason Danieley (Next to Normal). Guess who's romancing you this year! (We will announce soon.) Singular live/silent auction items and trips, sumptuous fare, flowing spirits, and a once-in-a-lifetime performance will make this a night to remember. For sponsorship levels of ten seats, please call TSC's Development Office at (901) 759-0620.

 

Spring

Tuesday Literary Salons
Kate Chopin: Louisiana Lullaby
and
Young William Faulkner: Before the Fury

sponsored by Nancy and Dan Copp

TSC's Southern Exposure Series continues in the spring, following this summer's sold-out Salons spotlighting the poets of Ireland and the humor of Mark Twain. Each Salon is a literary party from 6:00-8:00 pm, featuring writer-specific libations, light fare, live music, and 30 minutes of the words of one of the South's influential writers in a private, luxurious Memphis home.

Pioneering author Kate Chopin is featured on March 24, 2015 in TSC's Louisiana Lullaby. Accompanied by the music of New Orleans and the bayous, the words from her prolific short story career in Louisiana in the late 19th Century set the mood for selections from her most explosively famous novel, The Awakening. Though considered a forerunner of the feminist movement in literature, her seminal work was not fully appreciated until well after her death.

"Civilization begins with distillation," William Faulkner, no stranger to Memphis, is reported to have said. Following mint juleps and other straight brown spirits of choice, along with the music of the Delta, Jimmie Rodgers, and perhaps Mr. Faulkner's favorite, Beethoven, readings from the early short stories of the author's career will peal through the house. Mr. Faulkner, recognized for his literary creation of the Mississippi baroque in such novels as The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Absalom, Absalom! won the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature and two Pulitzers for his fiction. TSC's Young William Faulkner: Before the Fury plays April 21, 2015.

Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both, and include the entertainment, open bar, and appetizers.

 

Summer

A Midsummer Night's Dream

sponsored by FedEx and the Margaret & Owen Tabor family

During the time of year when our Earth tilts most toward the Sun, how ironic it is that the night should be so long in Shakespeare's ode to mischief-making love.

Bringing together, in an opulent ballet, the four worlds of the austere Court, the gymnastic lovers, the whimsical craftsmen, and the magical Fairie Kingdom, A Midsummer Night's Dream is an everlasting tribute to the power of our lovesick imagination.

The joy of the moonlit forest features the rocking ground of Oberon and his flower-squirting Puck, Titania and her donkey-headed Bottom, and Helena, Demetrius, Lysander, and Hermia who awake to both worlds with "parted eye." Which is the illusion: our dreams or our waking lives?

The show is presented in partnership with the University of Memphis on its Mainstage, running June 4-21, 2015. The creative team includes costumer Janice Benning-Lacek (makeup design for TSC's previous Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest) and scenic designer Brian Ruggaber (University of Memphis, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

Free Will Kids' Nights are June 4, 11, and 18: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. Limit: four children per guardian. Preview performances are June 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm. Press Opening is June 6 at 7:00 pm. Special abbreviated versions of the production will be presented for families on June 10 and 17 at 10:30 am for $10. Seating is general admission.

 

Memphis>Broadway: A New Musical Works Festival

a collaboration sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide

TSC's partnership with the University of Memphis also will make possible a very special collaboration sponsored by one of Broadway's elite musical licensing companies, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW). The team of collaborators (TSC, University of Memphis, and TRW) will launch Memphis>Broadway: A New Musical Works Festival from May through August 2015.

Part of TSC's Southern Exposure Series, the high-profile Festival will select three musical scripts in various stages of development, invite the shows' creators to Memphis for ten days to work intensely on the pieces and rehearse with professional performers from around the country, and then present a staged reading/singing of the musical on a Saturday night on the University of Memphis mainstage.

One of the three new musicals will then be selected for additional development in New York and Memphis over the next year en route to a more full production in TSC's 2016 season.
Staged readings/singings will be Saturdays at 7:00 pm on May 23, June 27, and August 15. Tickets will be made available in 2015.

Theatrical Rights Worldwide and its President/CEO Steve Spiegel, based in New York City, represent musicals from Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as shows originating in regional theatres. TRW cultivates and introduces new work along with extending the production life of musicals to all theatrical marketplaces. TRW licenses productions to a broad range of customers, from schools to Broadway. As agents for the authors, TRW grants live stage production rights. More information is available at www.theatricalrights.com.

TRW's Broadway collection includes Memphis-centric musicals All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis. Their internationally-popular collection also includes Monty Python's Spamalot, which won the Tony for Best Musical, Kander and Ebb's Curtains, The Color Purple, and recent releases Ghost the Musical, Big Fish, and The Addams Family.

"This new Festival should prove to be one of the most exciting theatre projects Memphis has experienced in quite a while," says E. Frank Bluestein, TSC Executive Director and Project Director for TRW's New Musical Works. "Thanks to Theatrical Rights Worldwide, we will get a first-hand opportunity to view original musicals in their infancy, as they are developed here in our city, on their way to an eventual professional debut – hopefully in New York and beyond."

 

Year-round

The Education and Outreach Program

TSC's ever-expanding Education & Outreach Program brings live Shakespeare performance to audiences everywhere, allowing the space and the audience to inform each performance.

In February and March 2015, an interactive and intimate touring production of Romeo and Juliet will be available for playing in schools and community centers. Affordable, immediate, and of relevance to all ages, this is a Romeo and Juliet that will involve the audience in the playing of the show, creating an experience of a lifetime for participants.

Debuting this season will be TSC's new two-person touring show, Shakespeare Said It! This original piece is designed to travel to scores of schools in Shelby County and throughout the southeast United States. Shakespeare Said It! celebrates the origins of famous phrases many of us speak today, not necessarily knowing that William Shakespeare originated them. This quick-paced, interactive show provides context through the sharing of multiple scenes, letting audiences of all ages enjoy being speakers of Shakespeare.

TSC will expand its dynamic Romeo and Juliet Project by adding new partner schools in service of our goal of partnering with every Shelby County high school within the next five years. Now in its third year, the Romeo and Juliet Project offers students alternatives when faced with conflict, as well as fostering a love for the works of William Shakespeare. Introductory, interactive Playshops designed to enrich the playgoing experience are available for groups of every size for every TSC play produced during the upcoming performance season. In-depth, multi-day Residencies that give a full breadth of Shakespeare theatrical experience, as well as summertime immersive Camps, round out TSC's Education Program for the seventh season. Designed with the belief that Shakespeare is for everyone, these programs benefit school-age students as well as adult life-long learners.

The Romeo and Juliet Project is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest, FedEx, Arts Memphis, and International Paper.

 

Performance Season 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).

Tickets for all non-Gala performances are $33. Tickets for all Preview performances are only $15. All Thursday nights are Free Will Kids' Nights: Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian. All performances of Richard III are Free Will Kids' Nights. Dixon members receive 20% off their tickets for all Dixon performances. Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $28, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $15 for any non-Gala performance. No refunds/exchanges. Performances are general admission; first come/first seated. Free parking. Cast/schedule subject to change. All Opening Nights include a complementary post-show dessert and champagne toast with the actors.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Performance Season
2014-15

At-a-Glance

TITLE: Richard III
BY: William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: David Demke
VENUE: Germantown Performing Arts Center/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138
DATES: October 30 & 31, November 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm
TICKETS: $33 adults;
$15 for students age 18 and over (with valid I.D.);
$28 for Seniors 62 and over (with valid I.D.);
Free Will Kids' Nights: All three performances, children 17 and younger admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian;
BOX OFFICE: (901) 759-0604
WEB: www.tnshakespeare.org
ABOUT: Featuring Artistic Director Dan McCleary in the title role with an ensemble that includes TSC favorites Johnny Lee Davenport, Paul Kiernan, and Caley Milliken, TSC's haunting production of Richard III takes full advantage of Halloween (All Hallow's Eve) and the recent unearthing of the painful remains of King Richard's skeleton, here given modern life and re-tried by a cast of everlasting Souls.

TITLE: Twelfth Night
BY: William Shakespeare
VENUE: Dixon Gallery & Gardens/Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117
DATES: December 11-21, 2014
TIMES: 7:00 pm Thursdays-Saturdays; 3:00 pm Sundays
TICKETS: $15 for December 11 Preview;
$33 all other dates for adults;
$15 for students age 18 and over (with valid I.D.);
$28 for Seniors 62 and over (with valid I.D.).
Free Will Kids' Night: children 17 and younger admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian on December 11 and December 18.
BOX OFFICE: (901) 759-0604
WEB: www.tnshakespeare.org
ABOUT: Treated as a holiday festival in an intimate music hall, Shakespeare's musical comedy joyously pushes the boundaries of role and gender reversal when Viola shipwrecks in Illyria, dresses in drag as Cesario and falls madly for Count Orsino, who is heartsick for Lady Olivia, who is the apple of the yellow cross-gartered Malvolio's eye. Toby Belch, Andrew Aguecheek, and the singing Feste never let the love story get too serious. Celebrate the winter solstice and the festival of light with Shakespeare's most charming comedy.

TITLE: Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala
VENUE: Germantown Performing Arts Center/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138
DATE: February 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
TICKETS: $175; and 10-seat sponsorships available with perks
BOX OFFICE: (901) 759-0604
WEB: www.tnshakespeare.org
ABOUT: Featuring a Broadway headliner soon to be announced (Broadway's longest-running Phantom Howard McGillin, Annie composer Charles Strouse and Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie with Jason Danieley headlined the last three years), this education Gala includes sumptuous fare and fun, rare live and silent auctions.

TITLE: Tuesday Literary Salon: Kate Chopin, Louisiana Lullaby
VENUE: TBA
DATE: March 24, 2015
TIMES: 6:00-8:00 pm
TICKETS: $55 for one Salon, or $100 for both Salons
BOX OFFICE: (901) 759-0604
WEB: www.tnshakespeare.org
ABOUT: The party begins with cocktails and light fare, accompanied by the music of New Orleans and the bayous. Listen to the pioneering words of Kate Chopin, writing in Louisiana just before the 20th Century, from selections of her scores of short stories and novels At Fault and, her most explosively famous, The Awakening.

TITLE: Tuesday Literary Salon: Young William Faulkner, Before the Fury
VENUE: TBA
DATE: April 21, 2015
TIMES: 6:00-8:00 pm
TICKETS: $55 for one Salon, or $100 for both Salons
BOX OFFICE: (901) 759-0604
WEB: www.tnshakespeare.org
ABOUT: "Civilization begins with distillation," Mr. Faulkner, no stranger to Memphis, is reported to have said. Following mint juleps and other straight brown spirits of choice, along with the music of the Delta, Jimmie Rodgers, and perhaps Mr. Faulkner's favorite, Beethoven, settle in for readings of Mississippi baroque from The Sound and Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Absalom, Absalom! Mr. Faulkner won the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature and two Pulitzers for his fiction.

TITLE: A Midsummer Night's Dream
BY: William Shakespeare
PARTNER: In partnership with The University of Memphis
DIRECTOR: Dan McCleary
VENUE: University of Memphis mainstage
DATES: June 4-21, 2015
TIMES: 7:00 pm Wednesday-Saturdays; 3:00 pm Sundays
10:30 am Family Performances on June 10 and 17
TICKETS: $15 for June 4 and 5 Previews;
$33 all other dates for adults;
$15 for students age 18 and over (with valid I.D.);
$28 for Seniors 62 and over (with valid I.D.).
$10 for Family Performances on June 10 and 17
Free Will Kids' Night: children 17 and younger admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian on June 4, 11, and 18.
BOX OFFICE: (901) 759-0604
WEB: www.tnshakespeare.org
ABOUT: "The course of true love never did run true" in this magical summer solstice in the Fairie Kingdom with Oberon, Titania, Bottom, Puck, and the mystic lovers. A celebration for the entire family on the Mainstage inside the University of Memphis.

TITLE: Memphis>Broadway: A New Musical Works Festival
SPONSOR: Theatrical Rights Worldwide
PARTNERS: TSC, TRW, University of Memphis
DIRECTOR: E. Frank Bluestein
VENUE: University of Memphis mainstage
DATES: May 23, June 27, August 15, 2015
TIMES: 7:00 pm Saturdays
TICKETS: To be announced in 2015
BOX OFFICE: (901) 759-0604
WEB: www.tnshakespeare.org
ABOUT: Sponsored by the Broadway licensing company of Memphis, Monty Python's
Spamalot, The Color Purple, and All Shook Up: The Music of Elvis Presley, this new musical festival will feature three different new musicals to be developed in Memphis and given a public reading/singing with professional performers. One of the three musicals will then be developed over the next year in New York and Memphis for a return in a more full production during TSC's following season.

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News

  • Back by popular demand: The Shakespeare Brunch
  • Three New Board Members and Officers Announced for 2016-17
  • TSC Announces Full Ninth Season
  • The Oliver Experiment
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Back by popular demand:

The Shakespeare Brunch

Join us for an elegant Sunday brunch, drinks, and an abbreviated Shakespeare reading in a beautiful indoor setting. Acted by some of your favorite TSC players, the reading is preceded by a delicious and thematic buffet with cash bar. Your $40 ticket includes the buffet and reading.

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by William Shakespeare

Sunday, November 20

12:30-3:30 pm
directed by Stephanie Shine
at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor


Shakespeare’s late romance features a Bohemian rhapsody of near-magical redemption and forgiveness, featuring over 20 professional actors, including Carey Urban, Tony Molina, Darius Wallace, Stephanie Shine, and Dan McCleary.

Attire: cocktail/business casual.

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Three New Board Members and Officers Announced for 2016-17

(November 7, 2016) - Tennessee Shakespeare Company today announced its 26-member Board of Directors unanimously approved the elections of three new members and a slate of new Officers to its Executive Committee for FY17.

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Melanie Stovall Murry

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Michael R. Marshall

Joining the Board for three-year terms are educator Pat Casserly Kelly, lawyer Michael R. Marshall of Evans Petree, and University of Memphis General Counsel Melanie Stovall Murry.

Dr. Owen B. Tabor returns as President. His officers are Ernest G. Kelly, Jr. (Vice President), C. Cato Ealy (Treasurer), and Melia M. Murphy (Secretary). Their terms are renewable after one year.

Rotating to TSC’s Emeritus Founders Board is educator Ruth Dunning, who helped create the Company in 2007-08.

Pat Casserly Kelly, though she still finds herself teaching, is the retired chair of the English and Humanities departments at The Hutchison School and its recipient of the Margaret Wellford Tabor chair for Excellence in Teaching English. In her teaching career, she emphasized the great writers and thinkers of the Western tradition—Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, Austen, Dickens, Hardy—as she encouraged her students to become lovers of literature and independent and creative thinkers. Mrs. Kelly was a president of the Shelby-Memphis Council of Teachers of English and was recognized as a Teacher of Excellence by the National Council Teachers of English. She was a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities study grants, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for a teacher exchange program in Eurasia. She served two terms on the vestry of St. Elisabeth’s Church in Raleigh and was the Director of Religious Education there for 15 years. Currently a communicant at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, she serves as a lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a member of the hospitality committee, and is serving her first year of her term on the Chapter of the Cathedral.

Michael R. Marshall is legal counsel at Evans Petree in Memphis. He is the co-leader of the Labor and Employment section and uses his experience in other arenas to reach solutions and resolutions to his clients’ disputes. He has extensive experience in litigating and resolving employment matters and other business-related disputes. He is a frequent speaker on employment-related topics. Mr. Marshall was the lead attorney in a case brought by the Memphis City Schools against the City of Memphis and obtained a $57 million verdict for education funding. Mr. Marshall graduated from the University of California and Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association Member, Tennessee Bar Association Member, and Memphis Bar Association member. He is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and Texas. Mr. Marshall has also served as the General Counsel for the Memphis City Schools, and is the general counsel for the Shelby County Emergency Communications District and for Lausanne Collegiate School.

Melanie Stovall Murry is General Counsel at the University of Memphis. Mrs. Murry joined the University in December 2002, serving as associate and assistant counsel. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the doctoral program in higher education administration for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. She serves as an instructor at the Tennessee Institute for Pre-law. Mrs. Murry graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program and was a 2008 fellow of the New Memphis Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, and has a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Louis University.

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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 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, 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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Sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (NYC)

Presents its Third Musical in Development August 15 on the University of Memphis mainstage:

The Oliver Experiment

What if your entire life were a Broadway musical…and you had no clue?

Featuring Broadway’s Brightest Stars

Memphis, TN (July 27, 2015) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance, presents its third and final developing musical reading on the U of M mainstage with The Oliver Experiment by Jeremy Desmon and Jeff Thomson on August 15 at 7:00 pm.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

Boyle         FedEx         Tennessee Arts Commission

International Paper             University of Memphis  logo-arts-memphis



     First Tenneessee Foundation    

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Individual Season Sponsors:

Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund; Nancy Copp; Ernest, Pat, Martha, and Marian Kelly; Milton T. Schaeffer; The Family of Owen and Margaret Tabor;
Ann and Wellford Tabor.

Season Partners:

Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Hutchison School, Shelby County Schools, St. George’s Church, The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a proud member of:
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