This December, we bring one of the Most Important Plays of the Last 100 Years to the Dixon Stage for the Holiday Season:

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

“After all, other than our clowns, who among us has it all figured out?”

GodotPaul Kiernan (Gogo) and Dave Demke (Didi). Photo: Joey Miller.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will stage Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot, at Dixon Gallery & Gardens from December 7-17.

TSC Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary will direct Beckett’s masterwork, which many consider to be the most significant English language play written in the modern era, with inspiration from the holiday season.

Waiting for Godot, generously sponsored by Jaguar Bluff City, is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.  Artists employed in the production include members of Actors’ Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, the national unions of professional actors, stage managers, and directors.

McCleary welcomes back a veteran cast of clowns which includes Paul Kiernan as Gogo (Henry V, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew), Dave Demke as Didi (A Midsummer Night’s Dream (twice), Richard III), Joshua Pearce as the boy (To Kill a Mockingbird), and founding TSC members Michael Khanlarian as Lucky (The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, To Kill a Mockingbird) and Phil Darius Wallace as Pozzo (Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

DeAnna Rowe returns as Costume Designer (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Comedy of Errors), and Jeremy Fisher returns as Lighting Designer and Technical Director (Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Richard III).  Brian Ruggaber (Much Ado About Nothing) provides the original scenic design.  Melissa A. Nathan returns the A.E.A. production stage manager, and Bethany Fichthorn is the assistant stage manager.

All performances will take place in the Winegardner Auditorium inside Dixon Gallery & Gardens, located at 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis 38117.

Tickets are on sale now by logging on to or by calling the TSC Box Office at (901) 759-0604.  Performances are December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7pm; and December 10 and 17 at 3pm. 

Tickets are $34.  The December 7 Preview is $16.  December 7 and 14 are Free Will Kids’ Nights: children 17 years and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian.  Senior (age 62+ with valid photo I.D.) tickets are $29.  Student (with valid college I.D.) tickets are $16.  Dixon members receive 20% off tickets (no other discounts may apply).  December 8 is Opening Night, which welcomes patrons to a post-show reception with the actors.

Though no summary ever did justice to Waiting for Godot, the facts remain: Vladimir and Estragon meet near a tree and again expect to meet Godot.  While they wait, Pozzo enters on his way to the market to sell Lucky.  Pozzo sits.  Lucky dances and thinks for them.  After Pozzo and Lucky leave, a boy enters and announces that he is a messenger from Godot and that Godot will not be coming tonight but will surely come tomorrow.  After his departure, Vladimir and Estragon decide to leave, but do not move.  The next night, Vladimir and Estragon meet near the tree to wait for Godot.  Lucky and Pozzo enter.  Pozzo now is blind, and Lucky now is dumb.  Pozzo does not remember meeting the two men the night before, and he and Lucky depart.  Vladimir and Estragon wait.  The boy enters and announces the status of Godot’s arrival.  He insists that he did not speak to Vladimir yesterday. After his departure, Estragon and Vladimir decide to leave, but do not move.  The tree is changed.

Read more: Waiting for Godot

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.

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

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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.

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