400: The Shakespeare Feast
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
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.
The Tragedy of King Richard II
directed by Stephanie Shine
Thursday, October 29
6:00-9:00 pm with dinner buffet
"This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”
Inflammatory, popular, given to censorship, yet containing some of the most beautiful passages in the canon, Shakespeare’s tragedy depicts King Richard II relinquishing his crown to Bolingbroke, who becomes King Henry IV (a scene initially omitted on stage for roughly ten years for fear it might prompt rebellion).
The two Henry IV plays would follow Richard II and then conclude with Henry V. These four plays are referred to as Shakespeare’s second tetralogy. They are, in fact, a prequel to the first tetralogy (the Henry VI plays, plus Richard III). Richard II marks the beginning of the Wars of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster.
Is Richard a tragic king or an incompetent leader?