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Please Join Us in the Campaign to Create Tennessee's First and Only Permanent, Year-Round Home for Professional Shakespeare Performance and Education

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The Southern Literary Salon and Brunch
Boats Against the Current: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

pic tns sls boats ag current fscottcurated and directed by Stephanie Shine
Sunday, January 27 at Noon
at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
Sponsored by Anne O. Keeney
in memory of Mr. Joseph Orgill, III

Join us for jazz, brunch, and the writings of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald acted out in the beautiful ballroom of the Polo Club.

When the “golden girl” of Montgomery, Alabama, met St. Paul’s party-penning author, a romance as complex and unpredictable as the new jazz age would light America on fire.

F. Scott and Zelda would create self-reflective literary works so clear of form and period as to place them in the vanguard of what we now call the Jazz Age and of the Lost Generation:  The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, The Last Tycoon, and Save Me the Waltz. 

The elegant brunch buffet and cash bar opens at Noon with seating through 1:30 pm.  TSC actors will read and act the Fitzgeralds’ works from 1:30-2:30 pm.

Tickets are $55 and include all but the cash bar.  Attire: cocktail/business casual.  Limited seating.  Host members: Margaret and Owen Tabor.

The event is close to selling out.  Please purchase your tickets today on this page or by calling our Box Office at (901) 759-0604.

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The Elizabethan Rep Season Rings in the Holidays with

As You Like It

November 29 – December 16

We welcome the festive winter season into its new home with a fun, interactive production of William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It, the last show in TSC’s Elizabethan Rep this year.

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Launches Our Elizabethan Rep Season
in Our New Memphis Home

October 18 – November 4

Macbeth 2018Paul Kiernan (Macbeth) with the Witches

We open the doors of our new home to you, prior to full facility renovation, with an intimate production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth inspired by the Elizabethan playhouses and current events that helped create it in 1606.

Directed by TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary and acted by a company of nine professional actors, Macbeth performs across three weeks from October 18 – November 4 and is generously sponsored by C. Cato Ealy.

All performances take place at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, located at 7950 Trinity Road, Memphis 38018-6297.  To purchase tickets or more information, go to or call TSC’s Box Office at (901) 759-0604 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Employing structural elements from Shakespeare’s Rose, Globe, and Blackfriars Playhouses, TSC’s theatre will feature a timber and balcony structure within its largest performance space (the future Owen and Margaret Wellford Tabor Stage).  Audiences will recognize the structure, framing, and actor-audience intimacy from London’s Globe Playhouse and the film Shakespeare in Love.

The theatre will be in place all fall/winter as part of TSC’s exploratory Elizabethan Rep Season, which will feature a large cast production of As You Like It following Macbeth.  The design also will pilot a future permanent stage configuration, that would be flexible, as well as assist with acoustics and provide outstanding audience sight-lines.

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See the Remarkable Results from this year's Romeo and Juliet Project

(February 12, 2018) -- "I believe Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet Project in Memphis is one of the more crucial, proven, and successful arts-in-education initiatives in the United States," says TSC founder and Producing Artistic Director, Dan McCleary.

This brief report responds to several of the most frequently asked questions TSC has received in the last decade regarding Shakespeare and its education programming in Memphis:

  • Why do you believe William Shakespeare and his plays are relevant in the 21st Century?
  • Why do I have to learn Shakespeare in school?
  • Can my children really understand Shakespeare?
  • Do you really believe Shakespeare can save lives?
  • You don’t really believe that Shakespeare can change the world, do you?

TSC provides its responses in the words, pictures, tallies, and grades of children, teachers, and actors in its four-month Romeo and Juliet Project throughout Shelby County in Tennessee. 

"And for the record, on that last question," says McCleary, "Yes, I do."

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

International Paper    FedEx         Tennessee Arts Commission

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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:

Collierville Municipal School District; Germantown Municipal School District; Memphis Hunt & Polo Club;
Shelby County Schools; The University of Denver College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for the 2018-19 CAMF grant; The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a proud member of:
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