Our Past Productions

 

Dan McClearyDan McCleary

Founder and Producing Artistic Director 

Dan McCleary is a native Memphian and a graduate of Germantown High School and its Poplar Pike Playhouse.  Dan directed and acted in TSC’s inaugural production of As You Like It (Jaques) as well as 400: Shakespeare FeastUnto the BreachThe Glass Menagerie, and The Taming of the Shrew.  He played the title role in TSC’s Richard III two years ago, and he has directed TSC’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth NightHamletThe TempestMacbethA Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius CaesarOthelloComplete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Themes from a Midsummer Night.  At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and played the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Richard III, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Porfiry in Crime and Punishment, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.  As Associate Artistic Director at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, Dan acted in and directed over 30 productions, appearing as Coriolanus, Macbeth, Herman Melville, Stephano, Don Armado, Hotspur, Master Ford, Bertram, and Antipholus/Dromio of Ephesus.  He directed S&Co’s first production of The Servant of Two Masters, also his own adaptation of Anaïs Nin’s Henry & June, as well as Vita & VirginiaMy Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain.  Other regional theatre: Seattle Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, Merrimack Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageWest, Alabama Shakespeare, Arden Theatre, Studio 4-A, and Huntington Theatre.  Dan is a published poet, author of the play Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes for all ages.  Memphis Magazine has named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” for four consecutive years, and the Germantown Arts Alliance honored him with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts.  He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University.  Dan is the proud dad of six-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.

 

E. Frank BluesteinE. Frank Bluestein

Executive Director

E. Frank Bluestein  is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In October of 1998, USA Today named Frank as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. He is a past winner of the American Theatre Association's John C. Barner Award, a national award given to one secondary school teacher whose theatre program is judged most exemplary for the year.  He has served as an arts advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the College Board Arts Advisory Committee, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Frank is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance.  Each summer he assumes the role of managing director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally-recognized statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, TN. He has twice been named to Memphis Magazine's “Who's Who in Memphis” poll, and was presented a community service award for his accomplishments in education by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

At Germantown High School, which he retired from in 2013, Frank served as the chairman of the school's Fine Arts Department. He was the founder and director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also served as executive producer for Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), the school's three-million-dollar educational television facility. In 1984 he helped the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the Rockefeller Brothers Fun Arts in Education Award. Under Frank's leadership, Germantown Community Television received over 125 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and was named ten times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA. The station has been recognized with regional Emmy and Cable Ace Award nominations. Frank also participated in the educational programs of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and led his team of teachers and scores of students to win two national student Emmys for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 28 regional first-place student Emmy awards. He has served as a director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend, Joyce Cobb. He is a frequent speaker and writer on arts-related issues.

 

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General Manager, Education Director, & Gala Coordinator

Stephanie Shine is the creator of The Romeo and Juliet Project as well as a resident artist for TSC. Her TSC directorial credits include Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012, 2013), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll, Shakespeare Said It, and Lend me thy Sword! Onstage, she performed the Countess in All's Well that Ends Well, the female role in Unto the Breach and Gertrude in Hamlet. In addition, Ms. Shine serves as the annual Gala's Auctioneer and curates the material for and directs TSC's Literary Salons.

Ms. Shine is the former Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company, a position she held for 13 years.  For SSC, she directed and/or produced countless productions.  Other directorial credits include The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the award-winning one-woman internationally touring Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Marilyn: Forever Blonde and several new works for Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre. Her production of I am of Ireland (which she also conceived and adapted) opened Book-It's 25th Anniversary Season in September of 2014.

As an actor, she has performed with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, NYC's Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, The Empty Space, and Seattle Children's Theatre among others. Her additional Shakespearean roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, and The Chorus in Henry V

Ms. Shine is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she was mentored by Shakespearean great, Cal Winn.  She earned her BFA at the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. She is currently in pursuit of her MFA at the University of Memphis.  Her greatest role is that of mother to Conor, Cahillane, Sullivan, and Collins.

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Company and Box Office Manager

Laura Daniels is a native Memphian and comes to TSC with over ten years of office management experience. She received her BA in English with a minor in Journalism from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. In her spare time Laura enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading. She is married and the mother of one son and several fur babies.

 

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Nancy Wright

Bookkeeper

Nancy Wright has provided bookkeeping services for small businesses in both the private and public arena for more than 20 years. She obtained her B.S. from UT Knoxville.

 

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Actor/Teaching-Artist Fellow                     

Marquis Dijon Archuleta is ecstatic to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company for the first time. He is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in Psychology. A few credits include: Of Mice and Men (Crooks), Cyrano De Bergerac (Comte De Guiche), Pentecost (Antonio), Pippin (Louis) Romeo and Juliet (Lord Capulet), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Peter). He thanks TSC for giving him this opportunity, and his friends, family, and professors for supporting him.

  

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Jillian Barron         

Actor/Teaching-Artist Fellow                     

Jillian Barron is a native Illinoisan who moved to Memphis in 2013 after receiving her B.A. in Theatre Performance and French Literature and Culture from Union University. Past Credits: Byhalia, MS at Playhouse on the Square (Ostrander Nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at GCT (Ostrander Nomination), and In Search of Tonto Goldstein at The Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis (Global Premiere). She thanks her wonderful and supportive parents, Jim and Tricia Barron, and her darling husband, Zach Williams.

 

The Comedy of Errors

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PURCHASE TICKETS

an hysterical, brief exuberance
by William Shakespeare
in partnership with the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance                            

In memory of Tony Molina, Jr. 

June 8-18, 2017

at the University of Memphis
(3745 Central Avenue, Memphis 38111)
sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor; and

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

“Methinks you are my glass, and not my brother:
I see by you I am a sweet-fac’d youth”

Shakespeare’s rowdiest, earliest, shortest comedy has become a popular foundation for the world’s entertainment over the last two centuries.  Two sets of identical twins are separated at birth on the high seas, and now as young adults the immigrant master/servant pairing comes searching for their twin brothers in Ephesus.  Unknown to them, their father has made pursuit, and their mother…well, that’s a surprise.  The immigrants, too, are surprised:  they learn they have a house, a sister-in-law, a housekeeper, a bill due, and wives.  A glorious, rhyming tale of mistaken identities is here gracefully folded into redeeming challenges to the laws of a native land and the strength of a non-traditional family.

 

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 (June 8 and 9 at 7pm) are only $16. 

Both Thursday night performances (June 8 and 15 at 7pm) are Free Will Kids’ Nights:  Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending Guardian.  The Free Will Kids'  tickets cannot be purchased online and are only accessible by calling the Box Office at 901-759-0604.  

The Opening Night performance (June 10 at 7pm) 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: This production features 30 seats available on-stage for each performance for only $10 each! There are 15 seats (in chairs on risers) on both sides of the playing space.

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.

Pictured: Brian Sheppard

 

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The Shakespeare Brunches

Back by Popular Demand!

Join us for an elegant Sunday brunch, drinks, and abbreviated Shakespeare readings in a beautiful and sociable indoor setting.  Acted by some of your favorite players, the readings are preceded by a delicious and varied buffet with cash bar.  Your $55 ticket includes all but the bar.  Attire: cocktail/business casual.

at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
650 S. Shady Grove Road, Memphis

Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor

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The Merchant of Venice

Sunday, May 21, 2017

12:30-3:30 pm

directed by Dan McCleary

Shakespeare’s early “comedy” was controversial for giving human dimension to the oft-maligned Jewish community. The controversy remains today, but for entirely different reasons.  Can we discover “harmony in the spheres?” 

 

The Cast
Antonio, a merchant of Venice.....................................Michael Khanlarian
Bassanio, his friend, and suitor to Portia......................Joey Shaw*
Portia, an heiress, of Belmont......................................Rachel Brun*
Nerissa, her waiting-woman........................................Jillian Barron
Shylock, a Jew..............................................................Dan McCleary*
Jessica, his daughter....................................................Claire Hayner
Lorenzo, in love with Jessica.........................................Blake Currie
Gratiano, friend to Antonio and Bassanio......................Zach Williams
Salerio, friend to Antonio and Bassanio.........................Destiny Freeman
Solanio, friend to Antonio and Bassanio........................Ellie Boisseau
Launcelot Gobbo, a clown, servant to Shylock...............Nic Picou
The Duke of Venice.......................................................Colton Swibold*
The Prince of Morocco..................................................Phil Darius Wallace*
The Prince of Arragon...................................................Marquis Archuleta
Old Gobbo, Launcelot’s father.......................................Colton Swibold*
Tubal, Shylock’s friend, a Jew........................................Stuart Heyman
Leonardo, servant to Bassanio.......................................Bethany Fichthorn
Balthazar, servant to Portia............................................Rachel McFatridge

* appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers in the U.S.

 

pic a winters tale2016The Winter’s Tale 

Sunday, November 20

12:30-3:30 pm

directed by Stephanie Shine

Shakespeare’s late romance features a Bohemian rhapsody of near-magical redemption and forgiveness.

"Winter's Tale" Brunch Menu

On each table
Dipping Sauce of Olive Oil with
Chopped Garlic, Basil & Fresh Ground Pepper.
Warm Crusty Bread to be served.

Buffet
Frittata with Prosciutto and Cheese
Brussels Sprouts (cut in ½) in Pancetta/Balsamic Vinaigrette
Parmesan Baskets with Caesar Salad
Side Dish of Anchovies
Side Dish of Parmesan Cheese
Sliced Tomato Tartletts (Roma Tomatoes if Available)
Tartletts~3-3 ½ “
Antipasto Display with 3-4 meats (3-4 varieties of Olives)
Carved Bone-In Ham
Cheese Display with Green & Red Grapes
Wheel of Brie – Port Wine Reduction & Figs
Breakfast Potatoes with Red & Green Peppers & Onions

Dessert
Apple & Plum Tartlettes

 

The Cast
Leontes, King of Sicilia............................................Tony Molina, Jr.*
Hermione, Queen to Leontes...................................Carey Urban*
Perdita, daughter to Leontes and Hermione.............Cally Shine
Mamillius, young Prince of Sicilia.............................Joshua Pearce
Camillo, Lord of Sicilia.............................................Dan McCleary*
Antigonus, Lord of Sicilia.........................................Brian Webb Russell*
Paulina, wife to Antigonous.....................................Stephanie Shine*
Cleomenes, Lord of Sicilia........................................Marquis Archuleta
Dion, Lord of Sicilia..................................................Nathan Snow
Polixenes, King of Bohemia......................................Phil Darius Wallace*
Florizel, Prince of Bohemia.......................................Blake Currie
Archidamus, a Lord of Bohemia................................Nic Picou
Old Shepherd, reputed father of Perdita....................Chris Cotten
Clown, his son..........................................................Marlon Finnie
Autolycus, a rogue....................................................Zach Williams
A Mariner/a jailer......................................................Roman Kyle
Mopsa, shepherdess/Emilia, a Lady...........................Jillian Barron
Dorcas, shepherdess.................................................Merit Koch
Time, as Chorus........................................................Jeanna Juleson

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at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
650 S. Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Herstein by the Miriam and Ernest Kelly Charitable Fund
and
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Casserly by Pat and Ernest Kelly

Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor

Join us for dinner, drinks, and Shakespeare from page to stage as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing.   Six brief play readings preceded by a special buffet dinner/brunch at the historic and elegant Memphis Hunt & Polo Club.  Some of your favorite TSC actors return to the Club stage to act the plays from Shakespeare’s First Folio.  The cash bar will be open.  Your inclusive ticket (except for bar) is $57.  Attire: business casual/cocktail.

PURCHASE TICKETS

The Comedy of Errors

directed by Stephanie Shine
Sunday, November 8
12:00-3:30 pm with brunch buffet

“There is something in the wind”

It’s one of his earliest, perhaps his most riotous, and by far his shortest play.  Shakespeare pilfered the tale of two sets of twins who, estranged in different lands after a shipwreck in their infancy, find themselves in close physical proximity to one another again after all these years.  There are servant twins as well as master twins.  Oh, and they are identical (at least to everyone on stage).  

The wildness of the commedia elements is beautifully balanced with pleasing rhyming couplets, a delightful rhythm, and a family restoration that is undeniably heartening.

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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.

Read more: Southern Literary Salon features Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic