Complete Works (Abridged)


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
played to 2,100 deliriously happy patrons in September and October.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Fifth Season with Outrageously Fun-Loving The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Memphis/Germantown, Tenn. (September 4, 2012) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre, presents the excessively fun-loving side of its namesake with the wildly popular stage comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield from September 20 – October 7 in the Poplar Pike Playhouse in Germantown, TN.

Three comic actors from around the country come together in an attempt to present all 37 of William Shakespeare’s plays (and perhaps one additional long, lost plays) in just 97 minutes.

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Directed by TSC founder and producing artistic director Dan McCleary, Complete Works will donate proceeds from its three-week run to the nationally-recognized fine arts program at Germantown High School. The zaniness is sponsored by Nancy and Dan Copp, and Margaret and Owen B. Tabor, M.D. The production’s exclusive media sponsor is Commercial Appeal Media.

Complete Works, playing at the Poplar Pike Playhouse (where TSC’s record-setting Midsummer Night’s Dream played in 2009), features actors David Goldstein (TSC’s Southern Yuletide), Amelia Hammond (TSC’s The Tempest), and improvisational comedian Sam Reiff-Pasarew from NYC’s Story Pirates. The intrepid trio straps on the tights and color-coordinated sneakers to weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

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In attempting to play out the entire canon as quickly and as authentically as they can, the actors find themselves improvising with the audience and with a little local influence: Othello as an R&B hit song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking show, all 16 comedies as one improvised commedia piece, the Histories as a Big East Conference football game, and Hamlet…backwards!

“Our audiences have experienced two seasons of TSC plays in which many of the characters have ended up dead on stage,” says McCleary from the rehearsal hall, where the cast was improvising the Othello plot to Booker T. and the MG’s Green Onions, “so we thought we’d just finish all the characters off in one evening. Today in rehearsal I’m pretty certain I experienced in one hour David’s pants exploding when he uttered the title of the Scottish Play, Amelia pounding on Richard III’s hump until he fumbled the football, and Sam playing quite possibly the largest, most unattractive Juliet in the history of American theatre. I’m so proud.”

Bruce Bui, of Ballet Memphis, provides the quick-change costume design in his fourth season with the company, and Memphian Matt Strampe is the scenic and lighting designer.

Public Performance Schedule at the Poplar Pike Playhouse

September 20 at 7:00 pm:       Preview/Free Will Kids’ Night
September 21 at 7:30 pm:       Opening and post-show reception
September 22 at 7:30 pm:       Performance
September 23 at 3:00 pm:       Performance
September 27 at 7:00 pm:       Free Will Kids’ Night
September 28 at 7:30 pm:       Performance
September 29 at 7:30 pm:       Performance
September 30 at 3:00 pm:       Performance
October 4 at 7:00 pm:             Free Will Kids’ Night
October 5 at 7:30 pm:             Performance
October 6 at 7:30 pm:             Performance
October 7 at 3:00 pm:             Closing

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale now. All performances are $25 in advance and $30 day-of-show. All preview performances are $15 regardless of when purchased. Free Will Kids’ Nights: Children 17 years and younger admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian.

Box Office/Administrative Office

Located in the historic train depot at 2260 West Street, Germantown, TN. Monday - Friday, 9am – 5pm.
901-759-0604
www.tnshakespeare.org

Twitter: @tnshakespeare

All performances are general admission; first come/first seated. Chairs are provided for all productions. Free parking. No refunds. Productions and casts are subject to change.

 

Artist Bios

David Goldstein (David)returns to TSC havingappeared last season in TSC’s Southern Yuletide. David is a long time resident of Seattle, WA, where he has performed at numerous theatres, including Shakespeare Walla Walla (Romeo and Juliet, Complete Works), Seattle Repertory Theatre (The Three Musketeers), Seattle Shakespeare Company (A Comedy of Errors directed by Stephanie Shine, The Servant of Two Masters directed by Dan McCleary), Seattle Children's Theater (Jackie and Me, The Neverending Story), Book-It Repertory Theatre (A Confederacy of Dunces, Giant, Travels With Charley), Strawberry Theatre Workshop (The Water Engine, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, 14/48, Monkey Wrench Puppet Lab, and others.) Favorite roles include 10-year-old Joey Stoshack in Jackie and Me, Angelo Mancuso in A Confederacy of Dunces, Bottom in Midsummer's Night's Dream, and Charley, the poodle, in Travels with Charley. His voice can be heard in a number of commercials and video games produced in Seattle. He is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. 

Amelia Hammond (Amelia) hails from Washington, DC, and returns to TSC for her second season. Audiences in Memphis and Walla Walla, WA, might remember her as Miranda in The Tempest. Regional credits include: Hamlet, Othello, Comedy of Errors, and Taming of the Shrew with Houston Shakespeare Festival; As You Like It with Virginia Shakespeare Festival; Pericles and The Servant of Two Masters with Georgia Shakespeare.Amelia is proud to have received her MFA from the University of Houston PATP, her BA from Coastal Carolina University, and she trained with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

Adam Long (Playwright of Complete Works) began his professional life as an accountant for an anti-nuclear political action committee by day and bassist for an acoustic punk band by night.  Then he put on a skirt and wig and became a founding member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.  Adam toured with the RSC, spent five years following The Grateful Dead, performed stand-up comedy in Canada, became a Buddhist, and finally settled in England where he lives in London with wife Alex, son Joe, daughter Tilly, friend John, four guinea pigs, a fish, two tortoises, a cat, and a small grey rabbit called Willard.

Dan McCleary+ (Director) founded Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre company, in 2008. Dan directed and acted in TSC’s inaugural production of As You Like It (Jaques) and most recently The Glass Menagerie (Tom), as well as The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, and Themes from a Midsummer Night.Regional theatre directing credits: 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 has directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and has played the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Richard III, as well as Brutus, Petruchio, and Falstaff. 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. Memphis Magazine has 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 serves on the City of Germantown’s Telecommunications Committee, and holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University.

Sam Reiff-Pasarew (Sam) is an actor and comedian in New York City. He is an executive producer and founding member of Story Pirates, a theatre and education company dedicated to celebrating the words and ideas of kids by adapting their stories into sketches, songs, and cartoons.  Other credits include The Servant of Two Masters, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World and The Henry VI Chronicles at Shakespeare & Company. Sam recently launched his new internet cooking show, Eating It!

Daniel Singer (Playwright), a native Californian, trained in London for a career as a theatrical impresario.  Following the creation of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Daniel hung up his doublet-and-hose to design theme park attractions for Walt Disney Imagineering.  He’s particularly proud of his work on Disneyland’s Toontown.  After 12 years as an Imagineer, Daniel left Disney to become a freelance bohemian; these days he restores old houses, sculpts, gardens, and continues to write plays in hopes of another hit.

Jess Winfield (Playwright of Complete Works) was an original member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, co-author of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and performed with the troupe from its founding in 1981 until 1992, when he realized he’d played the title role of Hamlet more times than John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier combined and suddenly felt very old. He left the troupe to write and produce animated television for the Walt Disney Company, which made him feel young again — until he’d been there for ten years, at which point he felt old again. He left Disney to write My Name Is Will — A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare (Twelve Books). Depicting excessive drug use and promiscuous sex by both a would-be young Shakespeare scholar in the 1980s and the 18-year old Immortal Bard himself in the 1580s made Jess feel young again; but then he and Daniel Singer revised the Complete Works in honor of its 20th anniversary and directed it in the West End, which made him feel old again.

News

  • New Permanent Year-Round Home for TSC
  • New Germantown Municipal School District Partnership
  • New Company d and Memphis VA Partnerships
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Our 10th Anniversary Gala

We have Purchased the Former Ballet Memphis Property to Create the State’s First Permanent, Year-Round Home for Professional Shakespeare Performance, Education, and Training in Memphis

pic newhome tsc2017(August 31) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company today announced it has purchased the former facility and property of Ballet Memphis located at 7950 Trinity Road in Memphis as its first, permanent home. 

The announcement was made by Dan McCleary, the company’s founder and Producing Artistic Director; Owen B. Tabor, the company’s Board President for the past six years; and E. Frank Bluestein, the company’s founding Executive Director.

With this acquisition, Tennessee Shakespeare Company is preparing to create the first and only permanent, year-round home for professional Shakespeare performance, education, and training in the state of Tennessee.

TSC purchased the 18,484 square foot facility outright from Ballet Memphis for $1,900,000.  There is no mortgage. 

TSC, now beginning its tenth anniversary season, expects to begin interior renovation this year and be completed in Spring 2018.

The renovation will focus on modifying existing dance studios into a state-of-the-art, professional, flexible theatre for seating up to 200 patrons, as well as a spacious Education Wing.  The public lobby, restrooms, and support areas for the theatre also will be modified.

Centrally located to all of Shelby County just north of Walnut Grove Road, between Germantown Road and the northeast corner of Shelby Farms Park, the unique glass-and-steel facility will house all of TSC’s operations under one roof:  performances, training, education, administrative offices, storage, costume shop, scene shop, and commercial kitchen.  The facility was constructed in 1998, and an addition was built in 2012.  It affords parking for nearly 70 cars.

TSC and Ballet Memphis, longtime arts colleagues whose artistic staffs have collaborated over the years, entered into a Purchase & Sale Agreement in late June.  The sale represents one Memphis not-for-profit arts organization selling to another for re-use of a special purpose building.  TSC’s agent was W. Cary Whitehead III of Boyle Investment Company.

For the last nine years, TSC has created site-specific/environmental Shakespeare and classical productions, both indoors and outside, throughout Shelby County, partnering with long-time friends Dixon Gallery & Gardens, the University of Memphis, St. George’s Church, Shelby Farms Park, Germantown City Hall, Poplar Pike Playhouse, Hutchison School, and Germantown Performing Arts Center.

“This is an important moment in Memphis performing arts,” said Dr. Tabor.  “We have researched more than 50 sites in the last few years, and the former Ballet property is perfect for our needs and for what our audiences say they would like.  The Ballet’s new home in Overton Square is so impressive, and they have been wonderful to work with during this transaction.  We wish them tremendous success.  We appreciate that this special building is the launch pad for exciting futures for two important arts groups in Memphis.

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Announcing a New, Multi-Year Partnership with the Germantown Municipal School District for Cutting-Edge Classical Curriculum for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

pic germantown partnership1Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the Germantown Municipal School District today announced a unique, multi-year education partnership that will bring immersive, cutting-edge Shakespeare curriculum to life for every student in grades five, seven, and nine.

Starting with this school year, all GMSD fifth and seventh grade students will participate in an introductory, immersive playshop to prepare and excite them for experiencing a full, live performance of TSC’s self-created production of Shakes, Rattle, and Roll.  The show pays tribute to our hometown heritage, creatively linking the signature music of Memphis to the works of Shakespeare that could have inspired them.

All ninth grade students will be treated to TSC’s nationally-acclaimed Romeo and Juliet Project, a four-part interactive residency that concludes with an intimate and riveting live performance of Romeo and Juliet.

The Project, originally launched at Germantown High School seven years ago and now operating in many Shelby County Schools, transforms classrooms into playing spaces to change students' expectations and reception of the material. The residency begins with three sessions that engage the students in playing three different parts of the play.  The positive impact on the students’ grades, compassion level, engagement in continued exploration of classical texts, and their rehearsed ability to walk away from potentially life-threatening situations in their own lives has proven quantifiable and remarkable in the scores of schools in which TSC has taught over the past eight years. 

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New, Exciting TSC Partnerships with Company d and the Memphis VA, and Expanding Programs with Jail East and Hope Academy

“TSC gives them models to express their feelings, which they probably have never done.  For maybe the first time in their lives, they think about the world around them and their role in the community.”

- Joyce Anderson, Juvenile Manager, Shelby County Sheriff's Office

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Hope Academy residency participants

We are thrilled to announce new partnerships between TSC and Company d and the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Association.  Also this month (August), we are happily expanding our Shakespeare programs for adjudicated youth at both Jail East and Hope Academy.

TSC is spending August in residence with Company d.  Nationally recognized, Company d is a dance company of young adults with Down syndrome under the artistic direction of choreographer Darlene Winters.  Founded in 2001, Company d is committed to inspire, empower, and teach individuals with Down syndrome who have an inherent aptitude for the performing arts.

TSC Education Manager Carmen-maria Mandley and TSC Education artists guide participants through the tumultuous world of Romeo and Juliet.  Using movement and text, the dancers are immersed in Shakespeare's images and encouraged to discover their personal connection with the characters of the play.

"Company d dancers are having a dynamic experience with TSC this week,” says Winters, Company d founder and Artistic Director.  “The play and its language are being brought to life with interactive methods.  The partnership with Tennessee Shakespeare Company is the first partnership with a theatre company in this region.  I am so excited about this new and unique experience for individuals with Down syndrome, which will enrich artistic growth and expand cultural literacy skills."

Also in August, TSC begins working with veterans at the Memphis VA Medical Association. This program brings together service veterans with theatre practitioners to use the plays of Shakespeare in addressing combat-related traumatic and re-integration issues. The model, created by the Feast of Crispian Project in Milwaukee, WI, was created to strengthen the personal psychological resources available to service veterans - especially those with post-deployment health issues - through the practice and skills of theatre combined with the timeless themes and imagistic language of Shakespeare.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company
presents its first Mainstage production of madcap
The Comedy of Errors

in partnership with the University of Memphis’
Department of Theatre & Dance
June 8-18

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Joey Shaw (Antipholus of Syracuse) and Blake Currie (Dromio of Syracuse).

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance, presents William Shakespeare’s madcap, joyous The Comedy of Errors on the U of M’s Theatre Mainstage from June 8-18.

Featuring a professional cast of actor-musicians and directed by Shakespeare & Company co-founder Tony Simotes, the production sets Shakespeare’s shortest, wildest play in the exotic and dangerous Greece of 1600.

The story features two sets of identical twins, who, along with their parents, were separated shortly after birth on the high seas.  Now, more than 20 years later, Antipholus (the master) and Dromio (his servant) come to a new land that is hostile to foreigners.  Little do they know, their father, chasing after them, is imprisoned and faces execution at sunset for crossing the border unless he can find someone to pay his bail.  And little do they know, their identical twin brothers live here!  It makes for the funniest, most bizarre day in the country until a final familial revelation changes everyone’s lives forever.

Returning to TSC as the Antipholus twins are Joey Shaw (Romeo; King in All’s Well That Ends Well; Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Colton Swibold (title role in Henry V last year).  Returning as the clowning Dromio servants are Nic Picou and Blake Currie (both from Henry V).

Making her TSC debut as Antipholus’ wife Adrianna is U of M alum Claire Hayner, and returning to play her sister Luciana is Rachel Brun (Juliet; Lady Anne in Richard III; Antonio in Twelfth Night; Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

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Save the Date for Our 10th Anniversary Gala

We are saving a table for YOU to join us for our 10th Anniversary Season Gala!  Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 7, 2018, when we bring you a celebratory evening of performance and dinner in the beautiful ballroom of the Memphis Hilton.

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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:
Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence       ArtsMemphis    logo-gacc          Tennesseans for the Arts     Tennessee Theatre Association     Where We Live