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To Kill a Mockingbird Kicks off Ninth Season
Sept. 20 - Oct. 2

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Patrick Ryan Sullivan (Atticus) with Roman Kyle (Tom Robinson) and Michael Khanlarian (Bob Ewell).


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Adela Calzada (Dill) and Ainsley Geno (Scout).


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Patrick Ryan Sullivan (Atticus) with Joshua Pearce (Jem) and Ainsley Geno (Scout).

All photos: Joey Miller.

(Memphis, TN; September 1, 2016) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional, classical theatre, in partnership with Memphis’ Hutchison School, will perform Christopher Sergel’s revised stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s daring American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird from September 20 through October 2.

Played on the Wiener Theater within Hutchison’s beautiful campus in East Memphis, To Kill a Mockingbird launches TSC’s ninth performance season.

The production’s title sponsors are FedEx, Margaret and Owen Tabor, Dorothy O. Kirsch, and Pat and Thane Smith.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now: the first 24 seats sold to each performance will be located in the new Best Seats section of the theatre.  Tickets may be purchased now by calling TSC’s Box Office at (901) 759-0604 or online at www.tnshakespeare.org.

Tickets are $34. Preview tickets are only $16.  The September 29 performance is Free Will Kids’ Night:  Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian.  Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16 for any performance.  Opening Night on September 24 includes a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.  

Directed by TSC’s founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary, 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. 

The cast also includes Michael Khanlarian (Bob Ewell), Josh Pearce (Jem), Adela Calzada (Dill), Caroline Couch (Mayella), Ann Wallace (Calpurnia), Meredith Koch (Maudie), Jeanna Juleson (Stephanie), Carolyn Spratley (Mrs. Dubose), Chris Cotten (Boo Radley/Mr. Gilmer), Jim Dale Green (Sheriff Tate), J.D. Sutton (Jude Taylor/Mr. Cunningham), and Roman Kyle (Tom Robinson).  The ensemble members are Kaitlyn Graham, CQ Gintz, Zoe Ford, and Violet Wallace.

The Assistant Director is Anne Marie Caskey.  The Lighting and Scenic Designer is Jeremy Fisher.  DeAnna Rowe provides Costume Design.  Kristen Fisher is the Associate Scenic Designer, and Meredith Koch provides music direction.

Novelist Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, and died this past February.  She wrote her small town and the people she knew into her work, which won the Pulitzer Prize following its 1960 publishing.  Made into a popular film in 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most popular books in American homes and school curriculums.  Lee paints a portrait of her small southern town during the Depression of 1933-15 when she was ten years old. 

Her youth looks through a lens of innocence, humor, inquiry, courage, and imagination at a hard story of a hard time.  She builds her father into a model of integrity during a period of accepted racism that allows, before her eyes, to sentence to jail an African-American man for a violent crime against a white girl that he clearly does not commit.  He reportedly escapes prison and is shot 17 times, unarmed.

The girl in the novel, Jean Louise Finch (Scout), her older brother Jem, and their friend Dill (based on real-life friend Truman Capote) are joyfully disarming as they discover multiple stories of innocent mockingbirds in their lives: Tom Robinson, as well as the reclusive but life-saving neighbor Boo Radley, the tortured and poor Mayella Ewell, their father Atticus who alone stands against the town’s ingrained violence and prejudice, and the African-American community.

Read more: To Kill a Mockingbird Kicks off Ninth Season

Tennessee Shakespeare Company
“Ascends the highest heaven of invention”
with its action-packed

Henry V

in partnership with the University of Memphis'
School of Theatre and Dance on the U of M Mainstage

June 9-19

Sponsored by FedEx; Ann and Wellford Tabor;
Pat, Ernest, Marian and Martha Kelly


Henry V Trailer

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance, calls to action-packed theatrical life the battlefields and courts of an ambitious young king in William Shakespeare’s masterwork on the chaos of war and the romance of peace:  Henry V.

The rousing play famous for its many powerful speeches and orations, including “O for a muse of fire,” and “Once more unto the breach,” and “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers” plays in a fun, new “wooden o” on the University’s mainstage from June 9-19.

Featuring a new, Elizabethan seating configuration that places patrons just off the raised stage (for only $10), a moving set, and slides of original wood-cuts from the early 15th century, TSC’s production of Henry V employs ten professional actors, including AEA performers from around the country.  They will play over 30 roles in what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most theatrically self-aware play:  “And let us, ciphers to this great account,/On your imaginary forces work.”

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Photo: Colton Swibold as Henry V

Though costumed for 15th century battle and adorned for the period’s courts of England and France, the company of actors constantly address their audience, changing costumes and characters in plan view, inviting the audience to become the eleventh actor.

The production’s title sponsors are FedEx; Ann and Wellford Tabor; and Pat, Ernest, Marian, and Martha Kelly.  Together, they make possible Free Will Kids’ Night each Thursday night (up to four children 17 years and younger admitted free when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian).  Additional funding is generously provided by the University of Memphis and First Tennessee Foundation.

Henry V is produced in memory of TSC friend, Dan Copp, who died in 2015.  From 1943 to 1945, Lieutenant Copp served in the U.S. Navy on the battleship Tennessee.  He saw action in the Pacific theater from the Aleutians to the South Sea Islands.  With this production, TSC honors Dan’s courage, service, and friendship.

Directed by TSC’s Stephanie Shine (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet), Henry V features a professional ensemble from around the country: Montana native Colton Swibold in the title role, Paul Kiernan (recently in TSC’s Twelfth Night) as Fluellen/Canterbury/Cambridge/Burgundy, Gabriel Vaughan (recently in TSC’s Twelfth Night) as Dauphin/Westmerland/Jamy/Williams, Phil Darius Wallace (recently in TSC’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Exeter/Nym/Orleance, Michael Khanlarian (recently in TSC’s All’s Well That Ends Well) as Pistol/Constable, Heather Roberts (TSC’s All’s Well That Ends Well) as Montjoy/Quickly/Alice/MacMorris, and Kaitlyn Maurer (TSC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Katherine/Grey/French prisoner.

New to the acting company are Jeffrey David Kent as Gower/French King/Ely/Erpingham, Blake Currie as Gloucester/boy, and Nic Picou as Scroop/Borbon/Bates/Bardolph.

Read more: TSC ascends the highest heaven of invention with its action-packed Henry V

To Kill a Mockingbird

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PURCHASE TICKETS

the daring American masterpiece
adapted from Harper Lee by Christopher Sergel
directed by Dan McCleary
in partnership with Hutchison School
(1740 Ridgeway Road, Memphis 38119)
performing at the Wiener Theater at Hutchison School

sponsored by



Margaret and Owen Tabor,
Dorothy O. Kirsch,
and Pat and Thane Smith

September 20 – October 2

Produced under agreements with the professional entertainment unions: Actors’ Equity Association and The Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois.

 

“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

The American classic that fought prejudice with integrity, courage, and a child’s compassion proved bigger than Monroeville, Alabama, the American south, and the United States.  With healing power and loving humor, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is here adapted, with her approval, for the modern professional stage in a world that has yet to take all of her life lessons to heart.  As poetic as it is prophetic, To Kill a Mockingbird and its literary icons Atticus Finch, Scout, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell offer hope and democracy to a hurting humanity.

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.  The cast also includes Michael Khanlarian (Bob Ewell), Josh Pearce (Jem), Adela Calzada (Dill), Caroline Couch (Mayella), Ann Wallace (Calpurnia), Meredith Koch (Maudie), Jeanna Juleson (Stephanie), Carolyn Spratley (Mrs. Dubose), Chris Cotton (Boo Radley/Mr. Gilmer), Jim Dale Green (Sheriff Tate), J.D. Sutton (Jude Taylor/Mr. Cunningham), and Roman Kyle (Tom Robinson).  The ensemble includes Kaitlyn Graham, CQ Gintz, Zoe Ford, Reece Berry, and Violet Wallace.

NEW:  Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the first 24 seats sold to each performance of this play only.  These seats will be located in the new Best Seats section of the theatre: the center six seats in rows 2-5.

Box Office 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).

Ticket prices, unchanged from last season, are $34. 

Tickets for Preview performances (September 20 and 23 at 7pm) are only $16. 

Thursday, September 29 at 7pm is Free Will Kids’ Night:  Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian. 

The Opening Night (September 24 at 7pm) performance includes a complimentary post-show reception with the actors.

Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16 for any performance.

Free parking.  No refunds or exchanges.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket fee.  Title, cast, and schedule are subject to change with notice.

 

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Arts Midwest Announces 2016–2017
Shakespeare in American Communities
Grants
Including Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Grants Mark 14th Year of Bringing Shakespeare to Youth

logo nea 2016Minneapolis, MN/Memphis, TN – Arts Midwest today announced $1 million in grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states, plus the District of Columbia, to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company was announced as one of the 40 recipients (one of only six in the southeastern U.S.) for the third time in its history.  The grant will support TSC’s innovative and successful Romeo and Juliet Project in underserved Freshman high school classes in 2016-17.

The awards mark the fourteenth consecutive year of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Each of the participating theater companies will present productions of Shakespeare plays to students from at least 10 schools.  Accompanying educational activities include in-school residencies, workshops, or post-performance discussions.  Performances will take place between August 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has introduced middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare, benefiting more than 2.8 million individuals, including 2.3 million students, with live performances and educational activities.

Read more: Arts Midwest Announces 2016–2017 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants