The First Free Shakespeare Shout-Out Series Launches Our 10th Season throughout Shelby County

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We officially launch our tenth anniversary season this week when we bring Romeo and Juliet to the historic outdoor train depot and platform in Collierville Town Square on Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 pm.

Our first Free Shakespeare Shout-Out Series, sponsored by Evans/Petree, P.C., features 11 performances of three touring productions to ten outdoor/indoor locations throughout Shelby County playing through November 10.

No tickets are required.  First come/first seated.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Stephanie Shine, questions the future of the Roman Republic, the love that sustains it, and the leadership that breaches it.  Romeo and Juliet, directed by Carmen-maria Mandley, is fast, physical, and daring in its descent from comedy to mortal, young tragedy.  And TSC’s Shake(s), Rattle, & Roll, directed by Shine, pairs the legacy music of Memphis with the famous Shakespeare scenes TSC imagines inspired them.

“This Series is a big ‘Thank You’ to the Memphis area for supporting TSC’s mission during our first nine years,” says founder and Producing Artistic Director, Dan McCleary.  “TSC has just purchased our first permanent home, the first year-round home for professional Shakespeare performance, education, and training in the state.  But before we start settling into our first theatre, we wanted to go one last round with the exciting, non-traditional, environmental theatre that got us this far. 

“These are three thrilling productions for all ages that will play entirely differently based on their venues:  Overton Square, the Zoo, the playground, Court Square, the library, gazebos, train depots, the University grounds, Madison Avenue Park.  These actors are uniquely trained for these environments and everything that can erupt around them.  Whether audiences are settling in with their families and picnics, or bicyclists are just stopping by for five minutes to watch, these productions will fill the air of our community with the words of Shakespeare for free for one month.  And we get to say ‘Thank You’.”

The acting company includes Marquis Dijon Archuleta, Jillian Barron, Kiana Holley, Mario Hoyle, Michael Khanlarian, Meredith Grace Koch, Khalil LeSaldo, Matthew Nelson, Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough, and Zach Williams.

Los Angeles-based Edgar Landa is the fight choreographer, Jennifer Ammons provides costume design, and Rachel McFatridge is the stage manager.

For more information: or (901) 759-0604.

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Announcing the Tenth Anniversary Season of Plays and Educational Activities for 2017-18

September 11, 2017 — Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional, classical theatre and education organization, today announced its Tenth Anniversary Performance and Education Season.

The centerpiece of the tenth season was announced last week when TSC purchased outright the 18,000 sq/ft former home of Ballet Memphis.  TSC is spending most of its tenth season transferring all of its operations to the facility in Memphis near Shelby Farms Park, as well as planning to remodel the interior for a professional theatre and updated public spaces. 

With the purchase, TSC becomes Tennessee’s first and only permanent home for professional, year-round Shakespeare performance, education, and training.

Read more: Announcing the Tenth Anniversary Season of Plays and Educational Activities for 2017-18

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They’re free, fun, fast, and for everyone! 

TSC specializes in environmental theatre, but here we take it to another level to celebrate our tenth season with all of the Mid-South:  11 performances of 3 productions at 10 outdoor/indoor locations throughout Shelby County.  Ideal for families and picnics.  You get to watch the actors re-shape each performance for each venue. 

No tickets or reservations needed.  Please come early for available seating. 

The three Shout-Out productions are:


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Seven actors 'blaze forth' this 75-minute performance of Shakespeare's epic Roman story of fate, friendship, and honor.

Germantown Library
Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 am
Indoors; bring your children

Overton Square Music Amphitheatre
Friday, November 10 at 5:30 pm
Outdoors near the parking garage, just south of Madison Ave.  Dedicated to our service veterans.  


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Shakespeare’s timeless exploration of surprising young love and mortal violence unfolds with care during this 90-minute production that is fast, physical, and daring.

Collierville Town Square
Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 pm
Outdoors at train depot; bring a chair    

University of Memphis
Wednesday, October 18 at 2:15 pm 
Outdoors near the Theatre Building; park in Central Avenue lot  

Lester Community Center
Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm
Indoors at 317 Tillman Street, Memphis

Overton Square Music Amphitheatre
Friday, November 10 at 8:00 pm  
Outdoors near the parking garage, just south of Madison Ave.


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Creatively links Memphis music to the works of Shakespeare!  Discover chart-topping, foot-stomping SHAKESPEARE featuring Jillian Barron and Zach Williams in a musical 45-minute performance.

Madison Avenue Park
Tuesday, October 10 at 12:00 pm
Outdoors; downtown at 151 Madison Ave.

Court Square
Thursday, October 19 at 12:00 pm
Outdoors; downtown at Main and Second Streets

Overton Park Playground
Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 am

Germantown Municipal Park Gazebo
Saturday, October 21 at 4:00 pm
Outdoors; bring a chair; located between library and athletic center   

Memphis Zoo
Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 pm


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A literary party from 6:00-8:00 pm featuring fun libations, light fare, music, and 45 minutes of the words of John Grisham acted out in this private, gracious home. Tickets are $55 and include entertainment, drinks, and fare.

Grisham, the award-wining, best-selling novelist out of Jonesboro, has given us The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Runaway Jury, The Chamber, and A Time to Kill.

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Enjoy an elegant Sunday brunch, drinks, and an abbreviated reading of Shakespeare’s romping comedy (with Crab the dog!) in a beautiful and sociable indoor setting.  Acted by some of TSC’s long-time players, the staged reading is preceded by a delicious and varied buffet with cash bar.  The $55 ticket includes all but the bar. 

The event runs from Noon - 3:00 pm.  Attire: cocktail/business casual.  Extremely limited seating.  Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor.