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TSC presents its next Southern Literary Salon, John Grisham: Arkansas Rainmaker at Thayne and Anne Muller’s inviting English home in East Memphis on Friday, February 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

The evening features fun Southern food, conversation, 45 minutes or so of readings from Mr. Grisham’s works, and a drink or two of the author’s liking:  “Drink the wines from the top shelf,” he counsels. 

Tickets for the Grisham Salon only are $55 and include all of the above. 

Curated and directed by TSC resident artist Stephanie Shine and read by actors Michael Khanlarian, Carmen-maria Mandley, Shaleen Cholera, and Merit Koch, Arkansas Rainmaker will employ text from Mr. Grisham’s works, likely including his first novel, A Time to Kill, as well as The Chamber, Gray Mountain, Calico Joe, and The Rooster Bar.

Mr. Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1955, and became a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer in Southaven, Mississippi after graduating from Ole Miss.  He also served in that state’s House of Representatives for eight years.  While practicing law, he practiced at his hobby: writing.  After 30 rejection letters for his first effort, the novel was finally published with a modest first print.  Far from discouraged, he immediately began his second novel, which ended up being known as The Firm.  Since that novel spent 47 weeks on the NYT bestseller list and became the best-seller of 1991, Mr. Grisham has written one novel per year.  Of those, nine have been adapted into films, including The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, and The Firm.  He also wrote an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man.  There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide.

“I don't start a novel until I have lived with the story for awhile to the point of actually writing an outline, and after a number of books I've learned that the more time I spend on the outline the easier the book is to write,” says Mr. Grisham.  “And if I cheat on the outline, I get in trouble with the book.  In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth.  Each of you is an original.  Each of you has a distinctive voice.  When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.”

Box Office Information

General Admission tickets for $55 are on sale now, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, 7950 Trinity Road, Memphis 38018; or by calling 901-759-0604, or by going on-line to www.tnshakespeare.org.  Tickets include all entertainment, light fare, and libations.

Free parking.  No refunds or exchanges.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket fee.  The cast and schedule are subject to change with notice.  The address for the Mullers’ house will be given out only to patrons once tickets have been sold.

 

Next Up: The Southern Literary Salon John Grisham: Arkansas Rainmaker February 9

TSC season webheaders4 salon grisham

TSC presents its next Southern Literary Salon, John Grisham: Arkansas Rainmaker at Thayne and Anne Muller’s inviting English home in East Memphis on Friday, February 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

The evening features fun Southern food, conversation, 45 minutes or so of readings from Mr. Grisham’s works, and a drink or two of the author’s liking:  “Drink the wines from the top shelf,” he counsels. 

Tickets for the Grisham Salon only are $55 and include all of the above. 

Curated and directed by TSC resident artist Stephanie Shine and read by actors Michael Khanlarian, Carmen-maria Mandley, Shaleen Cholera, and Merit Koch, Arkansas Rainmaker will employ text from Mr. Grisham’s works, likely including his first novel, A Time to Kill, as well as The Chamber, Gray Mountain, Calico Joe, and The Rooster Bar.

Mr. Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1955, and became a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer in Southaven, Mississippi after graduating from Ole Miss.  He also served in that state’s House of Representatives for eight years.  While practicing law, he practiced at his hobby: writing.  After 30 rejection letters for his first effort, the novel was finally published with a modest first print.  Far from discouraged, he immediately began his second novel, which ended up being known as The Firm.  Since that novel spent 47 weeks on the NYT bestseller list and became the best-seller of 1991, Mr. Grisham has written one novel per year.  Of those, nine have been adapted into films, including The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, and The Firm.  He also wrote an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man.  There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide.

“I don't start a novel until I have lived with the story for awhile to the point of actually writing an outline, and after a number of books I've learned that the more time I spend on the outline the easier the book is to write,” says Mr. Grisham.  “And if I cheat on the outline, I get in trouble with the book.  In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth.  Each of you is an original.  Each of you has a distinctive voice.  When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.”

Read more: Next Up: The Southern Literary Salon John Grisham: Arkansas Rainmaker - February 9

Donate to the Auction

pic-gala-auction-itemsThe Gala evening, which is expected to sell out, includes a lavish buffet dinner, an exclusive opportunity to win a trip to Cumberland Island, Georgia, for only $25, TSC's singular live auction, and a fun new silent auction of 30 Celebrity Wine & Spirits baskets.

This is a high-profile event for a meaningful cause. If you would like to consider making a donation to our live and silent auctions, we would love to speak with you.

Please call 901-759-0620 and ask to speak with the Gala Auction Coordinator, who can also assist you if you would like to purchase a souvenir display ad in our Playbill for the evening.

 

 

 

If you would like to donate an item to our silent auction, below is an Auction Procurement Form which you can save to your computer, fill out at your leisure, and return to us with your generous donation.  

2014 Auction Procurement Form

10th Anniversary Gala

 

There is joyous fun to be had as we celebrate TEN amazing years and look to our sparkling future.

Enjoy dinner and dessert, multiple entertainments and delights, a full cash bar, the return of our swanky Silent Auction, the most fun Live Auction in Memphis, and an intimate performance by Tony Award Nominee, Bryce Pinkham.

Crown the festivities with the knowledge that you are supporting TSC's far-reaching Education Program, which now teaches service veterans, Company d dancers, adjudicated youth in Hope Academy and Jail East, as well as thousands of students in classrooms every week in elementary, middle, and high schools in Shelby County.  

Attire: semi-formal and cocktail.  

For more information and to purchase 10-ticket sponsorship packages with exclusive benefits, please call Stephanie Shine at 901-759-0620.  

Single Tickets are now on sale for $100 through February 28, 2018.  After February 28, Single Tickets are $125

 

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THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFULLY

SUCCESSFUL 2017 GALA!

 

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 7, 2018 in the beautiful ballroom of the Memphis Hilton for TSC's 10th Anniversary Season Gala!

 

       Live Auction Packages

Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience

5402 5402 Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience MAIN

Package Description
Take part in a tradition that goes back to the 1914's Opening Day by watching Cubs baseball from a nearby rooftop. Includes round-trip coach class airfare for two to Chicago and a three-night stay in a standard guest room at a Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or comparable hotel.

Restrictions:
This offer expires March 10, 2018. Valid for the Chicago Cubs regular season games, subject to availability. Excludes Opening Day and may exclude other premium series. Airfare must be booked within one year from the date of purchase. Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability.

Fair market value: $5855.00

 

Pete Pranica Personal Grizzlies Package

 

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Package Description
  Pete’s personal game seats, opportunity to watch pregame interview, tour of media room and truck, watch team warm-ups courtside, on-court during player introductions, and a team-signed Grizzlies Basketball.

Restrictions: This offer expires March 10, 2018

Fair Market Value: $1000.00

                                                                                                                       

Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Adventure

5005 5006 Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Adventure MAIN

Package Description
Enjoy an experience for two at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Your package will include an Astronaut Training Experience, an up close explorer tour of NASA’s KSC Headquarters, admission to the visitor complex, and lunch with an astronaut! Includes round-trip coach class airfare for two to Orlando and a three-night stay in a standard guest room at a Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or comparable hotel.

Restrictions:
This offer expires March 10, 2018
Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Ground transportation is not included.

Fair market value: $5695.00

 

South Africa Photo Safari for Two

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Package Description
Enjoy six days and six nights at Zulu Nyala Wildlife Reserve in South Africa where the movie, I Dreamed of Africa, was filmed. You have a choice in accommodations, staying in Hemingway-style tents, or at the Heritage Safari Lodge or Zulu Nyala Game Lodge. Twice a day, guests will take an open land cruise with experienced guides to see the land and wildlife. The Reserve contains elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalo, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, over 400 species of birds, and many more. Two bottles of water and three executive chef-prepared meals per day are included.

 Restrictions:
This offer expires March 10, 2019.
Airfare, phone calls, and other beverages not included in this package.

Fair Market value: $5950.00
 
 

Silent Auction Items 

Downton Abbey

  Autographed Downton Abbey photo   

Star Wars 11x14 6

Autographed poster of Star Wars: Escape from the Death Star   

 Autographed Johnny Cash album

 Autographed B. B. King album

All items include Certificates of Authentication. Must be present to bid.