TSC presents its first Mainstage production of madcap The Comedy of Errors

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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(Memphis, TN; May 16, 2017) -- 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 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).

Founding TSC members Phil Darius Wallace (Egeon), Michael Khalarian (Pinch), and Stuart Heyman (Duke) join TSC Education Director and resident artist Stephanie Shine (Abbess) and TSC Artist-Manager Fellows Jillian Barron (Courtesan) and Marquis Archuleta (Angelo).  The cast also includes Destiny Freeman, Marlon Finnie, Zach Williams, and Ellie Boisseau.

The design team consists of TSC veterans, including Scenic/Props Designer Brian Ruggaber (Much Ado About Nothing; Henry V; Richard III; All’s Well That Ends Well; Twelfth Night), Costume Designer DeAnna Rowe (To Kill a Mockingbird), Lighting Designer/Production Manager Anthony Pellecchia (Henry V), and Sound Designer/Arranger Jo Sanburg (Henry V).  Taylor St. John is the Assistant Director.  The production stage manager is Joshua Baggett, and the assistant stage managers are Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough and Bethany Fichthorn. 

“This comedy has complications and reversals like no other,” says Simotes, on a break during the first week of rehearsal.  “Love, mistaken identity, servitude, and the pain of an unkind hand or foot propel our story and its characters forward.  At the center are two sets of ‘identical’ twins.  In casting them, we wanted to explore how we ‘see’ people by what they are rather than who they are.  Skin color, clothes, occupations, and rank all define how we are seen and treated by others.  In this Comedy of Errors, identity and tradition are challenged as our production’s Ephesus of 1600 AD actually reflects a multicultural universe that was the Mediterranean Sea's roads of commerce in the Ottoman Empire of Shakespeare's time.

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Save the Date for Our 10th Anniversary Gala

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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Fantastical Summer Camps

Enroll Your Child Today in TSC’s
Fantastical SUMMER CAMPS at Hutchison School

CHOOSE FROM THREE CAMPS:

 

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For girls and boys entering grades 7-12

It’s Halloween in June! Confront your fear! No, not of Shakespeare, but come face-to-face with the mysterious and fantastical characters - human and inhuman - that enliven Shakespeare’s greatest works. Campers will learn what it takes to make Shakespeare really scary. This two- week camp will conclude with a camper showcase of ghosts, monsters, and visions.

JUNE 12-23
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
COST: $500

 

BE A SPRITE!

For girls and boys entering grades JK-1

Explore the magical characters and incidents that populate A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. Developing their characters and mastering Shakespeare through song, fairy games, and mask and costume making, campers will present their fantastic achievements in an end-of-camp showcase.

JULY 31 – AUGUST 4
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
COST: $200

 

MAKE ‘EM LAUGH:
SHAKESPEARE’S CLOWNS

For girls and boys entering grades 2-6

Meet and become one of Shakespeare’s clowns! Explore and master the physical and verbal comedy and scenes that occur in almost all of Shakespeare’s work. Whether you want to be sad, happy, bumbling, or pompous, Shakespeare has a part for you. Campers show off in an antic showcase at camp’s end.

JULY 31 – AUGUST 4
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
COST: $275­­­­

FOR MORE INFORMATION: EDUCATION@TNSHAKESPEARE.ORG OR (901) 759-0620.

Download the Summer Camps Registration Form.

Southern Literary Salon features Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic

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Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic on April 21

Tennessee Shakespeare Company continues its popular Southern Literary Salon on April 21 with one of the more shocking American voices of the 20th Century – Flannery O’Connor.

Presented inside and outdoors at the spacious private home of Drew and Melia Murphy in Germantown (the site of previous Salons on Faulkner and Hemingway), Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic runs 6:00–8:00 pm.

The evening features light Southern food, conversation, music, 45 minutes or so of readings from Ms. O’Connor’s works, and a mixed spirit of the author’s dis-liking (she preferred her coca-cola spiked with coffee).

Tickets are only are $55 and include all of the above.  Seating is very limited.

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Join Us for Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth

Join Us for the First Southern Literary Salon of the Season:
Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth
January 27

pic eudoraWe return to our popular Southern Literary Salon for a look at the ever-changing vision of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, life-long daughter of Jackson, Mississippi.

Please join us for Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth at Nancy Copp’s hidden though welcoming Germantown home on Friday, January 27 from 6:00-8:00pm. 

The evening features fun Southern food, conversation, thirty minutes or so of readings from Welty’s works, and a mixed spirit of the author’s liking.  Tickets for the Welty Salon only are $55 and include all of the above.  Tickets for the Welty and Flannery O’Connor Salon (April 21), when purchased together, are only $100 (a savings of $10).

Curated and read by TSC artist Stephanie Shine, assisted by actors Dan McCleary, Jillian Barron, and Marquis Archuleta, Mississippi Myth will employ text from among Welty’s works, likely including her short stories in A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, and The Golden Apples, and the novels The Ponder Heart and award-winning The Optimist’s Daughter.

Welty (1909-2011) described writing fiction as “a personal act of vision.”  She was widely popular as a writer and photographer from her lifelong home in Jackson, though her literary home seemed to be nestled in experimentation.  Her vast skill-set ranged from comedy to tragedy, realistic to surreal, fiction to biography, fairy tale to history.  Welty was recognized for her work with 40 major literary awards, 38 honorary doctorate degrees, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

“It had been startling and disappointing to me,” wrote Welty, “to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass.  Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.  Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them ...”

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