Shakespeare Goes Broadway

Announcing Our Broadway Headliner for the
10th Anniversary Gala:
Bryce Pinkham
Tony Award Nominee and Star of
Holiday Inn
and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder



(January 3, 2018) – We announced today our Broadway headliner for our Tenth Anniversary Gala: Bryce Pinkham, Broadway’s young Tony Award nominee and star of Holiday Inn, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Heidi Chronicles, Ghost the Musical, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

To celebrate ten years of Shakespeare performance and education in the Mid-South, this year’s Gala moves to the luxurious Hilton Memphis on Saturday, April 7 at 6:00 pm.

All proceeds benefit TSC’s innovative Education Program. 

The Gala is generously sponsored by the Board of Directors of Tennessee Shakespeare Company.

Mr. Pinkham will perform a special, one-hour show as the Gala centerpiece.  He will sing from his own Broadway shows, as well as favorite standards and songs from other award-winning musicals.

About Broadway’s Bryce Pinkham

Bryce Pinkham is a Grammy and Tony Award-nominated American stage and screen actor.  He is perhaps best known for originating the role of Monty Navarro in the Broadway production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.  The performance earned him a Grammy Award nomination as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.  Mr. Pinkham played the role on Broadway for more than 700 performances, and the show was named Best Musical of 2014.  Mr. Pinkham went on to star in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles as Peter Patrone, for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award, as well as the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in 2015.  In the fall of 2016, he returned to Broadway leading the cast of Roundabout Theater and Universal Pictures’ Holiday Inn, performing in the role originally played by Bing Crosby in the classic 1942 movie.  Mr. Pinkham also originated roles in Ghost the Musical and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway.

His recent film and television appearances include the Robert DeNiro comedy The Comedian and Baz Lurman’s Netflix drama, The Get Down, as well as a regular role in the PBS series Mercy Street.  Previously, Mr. Pinkham appeared on The Good WifePerson of Interest, and the PBS miniseries God in America.  In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, which is given to “a limited number of exceptionally talented young dancers, musicians, actors, and visual artists as they complete their training and begin their professional life.”

In 2012, Mr. Pinkham and fellow actor Lucas Caleb Rooney co-founded Zara Aina, a non-profit organization devoted to helping at-risk children expand their capacity for achievement through theatrical performance and storytelling.  Mr. Rooney and Mr. Pinkham regularly travel to Madagascar to help empower at-risk students through theatrical story-telling techniques and performance and to provide them with much-needed medical and educational assistance.  Mr. Pinkham also performs regularly with the theatre company Outside the Wire, which takes performances of Greek tragedy to American-military audiences around the world to foster discussion about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and soldier suicide.  Mr. Pinkham is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Boston College.

Evening Gala Fun

The evening in the Hilton Memphis includes a lavish buffet dinner and cocktails, Shakespeare performances breaking out all over the ballroom, TSC’s singular live auction, a fun silent auction, and a post-show dessert reception where Platinum and Gold sponsors and their guests get to meet Mr. Pinkham and have their photo taken with him.

Read more: Shakespeare Goes Broadway

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?”

pic tsc godot 016pic tsc godot 016Paul Kiernan (Gogo), Phil Darius Wallace (Pozzo), 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

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

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

pic shakespeare shout out 10 1 17Mario Hoyle (Romeo) and Kiana Holley (Juliet).

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

TSC season webheaders4 salon grisham


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.