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.


The Buffet Menu

Appetizers

Mini Beef Sliders with smoked bacon and marble bleu cheese
Mini Chicken Wellington with bourbon butter
Vegetarian Spring Rolls with sweet ginger vinaigrette
Fig and Onion Tarte with bacon jam

Dinner

Tossed Garden Salad with two dressings
Herb Grilled Chicken Breast in white cilantro sauce
Sliced Sirloin with mushroom gravy
Fresh Seasonal Vegetable Medley
Glazed Carrots
Macaroni and Cheese
Yukon Mashed Potatoes or Rice
Rolls and Cornbread
Mini Pick-Ups, including chocolate
Cookies


Single Tickets, and Sponsorship Packages for Ten Guests

Patrons may purchase Platinum ($5,000), Gold ($2,500), and Silver ($1,500) seating packages, each with tiered benefits.  Each seating package accommodates ten guests.

Sponsorships and more information are available by calling TSC’s Gala Coordinator Stephanie Shine today at (901) 759-0620.  All sponsorship purchases include a tax-deductible gift to TSC.  Preferred seating is available in the order in which calls are received. 

Single Tickets are now on sale for $100 per ticket through February 28.  After February 28, Single Tickets are $125.  Patrons may purchase Single Tickets on-line now at www.tnshakespeare.org or by calling TSC’s Box Office at (901) 759-0604. 


Platinum Title Ticket Package ($5,000):

Ten of the best seats in the house for the Broadway performance
Private Dinner Party with Bryce Pinkham on Friday, April 6
Recognition on the Gala poster
All Gold and Silver Sponsor Benefits below.


Gold Ticket Package ($2,500):

Ten seats for the Broadway performance, after Platinum sponsors
Recognition in the printed Program
Reserved dining table
Two drink tickets at the bar
Private, post-show champagne reception/photo opportunity with Bryce Pinkham
One exclusive commemorative event gift per package
All Silver Sponsor Benefits below.


Silver Ticket Package ($1,500):

Ten seats for the Broadway performance, after Gold sponsors
Reserved dining table
Lavish dinner buffet
Dessert reception
Tax-deductible gift to TSC.

 

The Broadway Weekend Trip for Two Drawing sponsored by Pat and Thane Smith

The Broadway Weekend Trip for Two drawing tickets are now available at TSC for a suggested donation of $20. 

The winner of the Drawing, announced from the stage during the Gala, wins round-trip airfare for two to New York City; a weekend 3-day, 2-night stay (Friday night and Saturday night) at a first-class theatre district hotel; dinner at an intimate theatre district restaurant; and two reserved seat standard admission tickets to a Broadway play or musical of the winner’s choice.  The trip may only be redeemed for the services outlined here and is non-transferable.  The retail value of the trip will not exceed $2,500 and must be booked at least two months in advance (certain black-out dates will apply).  The trip must be completed by December 1, 2019.  The winner need not be present at the Gala to win and must be at least 18 years of age.

“We want to give Memphis and our supporters a really fun, celebratory tenth anniversary party,” says TSC founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary.  “We are expecting a larger than usual number of guests for this once-in-a-lifetime event, and also because Bryce Pinkham has a huge fan base – and rightly so.  He is tremendously talented and so much fun on stage.  His show is personal, and he loves being out in the audience.  Not all singers in Broadway musicals are also outstanding actors, but Bryce is.  He also does extraordinary education and humanitarian work around the world, and I know he is inspired to join us because he is aware of the ground-breaking work TSC is doing in our school systems.  We will mix professional Shakespeare, the best of Broadway, and our young students into a joyous evening that I hope inspires the entire Memphis area.”

 

News

  • John Grisham: Arkansas Rainmaker - February 9
  • New Permanent Year-Round Home for TSC
  • Shakespeare Shout-Out Series
  • New Germantown Municipal School District Partnership
  • New Company d and Memphis VA Partnerships

Next Up: The Southern Literary Salon John Grisham: Arkansas Rainmaker February 9

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TSC presents its next Southern Literary Salon, John Grisham: Arkansas Rainmaker at Thayne and Anne Muller’s inviting English home in East Memphis on Friday, February 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

The evening features fun Southern food, conversation, 45 minutes or so of readings from Mr. Grisham’s works, and a drink or two of the author’s liking:  “Drink the wines from the top shelf,” he counsels. 

Tickets for the Grisham Salon only are $55 and include all of the above. 

Curated and directed by TSC resident artist Stephanie Shine and read by actors Michael Khanlarian, Carmen-maria Mandley, Shaleen Cholera, and Merit Koch, Arkansas Rainmaker will employ text from Mr. Grisham’s works, likely including his first novel, A Time to Kill, as well as The Chamber, Gray Mountain, Calico Joe, and The Rooster Bar.

Mr. Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1955, and became a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer in Southaven, Mississippi after graduating from Ole Miss.  He also served in that state’s House of Representatives for eight years.  While practicing law, he practiced at his hobby: writing.  After 30 rejection letters for his first effort, the novel was finally published with a modest first print.  Far from discouraged, he immediately began his second novel, which ended up being known as The Firm.  Since that novel spent 47 weeks on the NYT bestseller list and became the best-seller of 1991, Mr. Grisham has written one novel per year.  Of those, nine have been adapted into films, including The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, and The Firm.  He also wrote an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man.  There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide.

“I don't start a novel until I have lived with the story for awhile to the point of actually writing an outline, and after a number of books I've learned that the more time I spend on the outline the easier the book is to write,” says Mr. Grisham.  “And if I cheat on the outline, I get in trouble with the book.  In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth.  Each of you is an original.  Each of you has a distinctive voice.  When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.”

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We have Purchased the Former Ballet Memphis Property to Create the State’s First Permanent, Year-Round Home for Professional Shakespeare Performance, Education, and Training in Memphis

pic newhome tsc2017(August 31) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company today announced it has purchased the former facility and property of Ballet Memphis located at 7950 Trinity Road in Memphis as its first, permanent home. 

The announcement was made by Dan McCleary, the company’s founder and Producing Artistic Director; Owen B. Tabor, the company’s Board President for the past six years; and E. Frank Bluestein, the company’s founding Executive Director.

With this acquisition, Tennessee Shakespeare Company is preparing to create the first and only permanent, year-round home for professional Shakespeare performance, education, and training in the state of Tennessee.

TSC purchased the 18,484 square foot facility outright from Ballet Memphis for $1,900,000.  There is no mortgage. 

TSC, now beginning its tenth anniversary season, expects to begin interior renovation this year and be completed in Spring 2018.

The renovation will focus on modifying existing dance studios into a state-of-the-art, professional, flexible theatre for seating up to 200 patrons, as well as a spacious Education Wing.  The public lobby, restrooms, and support areas for the theatre also will be modified.

Centrally located to all of Shelby County just north of Walnut Grove Road, between Germantown Road and the northeast corner of Shelby Farms Park, the unique glass-and-steel facility will house all of TSC’s operations under one roof:  performances, training, education, administrative offices, storage, costume shop, scene shop, and commercial kitchen.  The facility was constructed in 1998, and an addition was built in 2012.  It affords parking for nearly 70 cars.

TSC and Ballet Memphis, longtime arts colleagues whose artistic staffs have collaborated over the years, entered into a Purchase & Sale Agreement in late June.  The sale represents one Memphis not-for-profit arts organization selling to another for re-use of a special purpose building.  TSC’s agent was W. Cary Whitehead III of Boyle Investment Company.

For the last nine years, TSC has created site-specific/environmental Shakespeare and classical productions, both indoors and outside, throughout Shelby County, partnering with long-time friends Dixon Gallery & Gardens, the University of Memphis, St. George’s Church, Shelby Farms Park, Germantown City Hall, Poplar Pike Playhouse, Hutchison School, and Germantown Performing Arts Center.

“This is an important moment in Memphis performing arts,” said Dr. Tabor.  “We have researched more than 50 sites in the last few years, and the former Ballet property is perfect for our needs and for what our audiences say they would like.  The Ballet’s new home in Overton Square is so impressive, and they have been wonderful to work with during this transaction.  We wish them tremendous success.  We appreciate that this special building is the launch pad for exciting futures for two important arts groups in Memphis.

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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.

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Announcing a New, Multi-Year Partnership with the Germantown Municipal School District for Cutting-Edge Classical Curriculum for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

pic germantown partnership1Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the Germantown Municipal School District today announced a unique, multi-year education partnership that will bring immersive, cutting-edge Shakespeare curriculum to life for every student in grades five, seven, and nine.

Starting with this school year, all GMSD fifth and seventh grade students will participate in an introductory, immersive playshop to prepare and excite them for experiencing a full, live performance of TSC’s self-created production of Shakes, Rattle, and Roll.  The show pays tribute to our hometown heritage, creatively linking the signature music of Memphis to the works of Shakespeare that could have inspired them.

All ninth grade students will be treated to TSC’s nationally-acclaimed Romeo and Juliet Project, a four-part interactive residency that concludes with an intimate and riveting live performance of Romeo and Juliet.

The Project, originally launched at Germantown High School seven years ago and now operating in many Shelby County Schools, transforms classrooms into playing spaces to change students' expectations and reception of the material. The residency begins with three sessions that engage the students in playing three different parts of the play.  The positive impact on the students’ grades, compassion level, engagement in continued exploration of classical texts, and their rehearsed ability to walk away from potentially life-threatening situations in their own lives has proven quantifiable and remarkable in the scores of schools in which TSC has taught over the past eight years. 

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New, Exciting TSC Partnerships with Company d and the Memphis VA, and Expanding Programs with Jail East and Hope Academy

“TSC gives them models to express their feelings, which they probably have never done.  For maybe the first time in their lives, they think about the world around them and their role in the community.”

- Joyce Anderson, Juvenile Manager, Shelby County Sheriff's Office

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Hope Academy residency participants

We are thrilled to announce new partnerships between TSC and Company d and the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Association.  Also this month (August), we are happily expanding our Shakespeare programs for adjudicated youth at both Jail East and Hope Academy.

TSC is spending August in residence with Company d.  Nationally recognized, Company d is a dance company of young adults with Down syndrome under the artistic direction of choreographer Darlene Winters.  Founded in 2001, Company d is committed to inspire, empower, and teach individuals with Down syndrome who have an inherent aptitude for the performing arts.

TSC Education Manager Carmen-maria Mandley and TSC Education artists guide participants through the tumultuous world of Romeo and Juliet.  Using movement and text, the dancers are immersed in Shakespeare's images and encouraged to discover their personal connection with the characters of the play.

"Company d dancers are having a dynamic experience with TSC this week,” says Winters, Company d founder and Artistic Director.  “The play and its language are being brought to life with interactive methods.  The partnership with Tennessee Shakespeare Company is the first partnership with a theatre company in this region.  I am so excited about this new and unique experience for individuals with Down syndrome, which will enrich artistic growth and expand cultural literacy skills."

Also in August, TSC begins working with veterans at the Memphis VA Medical Association. This program brings together service veterans with theatre practitioners to use the plays of Shakespeare in addressing combat-related traumatic and re-integration issues. The model, created by the Feast of Crispian Project in Milwaukee, WI, was created to strengthen the personal psychological resources available to service veterans - especially those with post-deployment health issues - through the practice and skills of theatre combined with the timeless themes and imagistic language of Shakespeare.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

International Paper    FedEx         Tennessee Arts Commission

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     First Tenneessee Foundation    

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Evans Petree


Individual Season Sponsors:

Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund; Nancy Copp; Ernest, Pat, Martha, and Marian Kelly; Milton T. Schaeffer; The Family of Owen and Margaret Tabor;
Ann and Wellford Tabor.

Season Partners:

Collierville Municipal School District; Dixon Gallery & Gardens; Germantown Municipal School District; Memphis Hunt & Polo Club; Palladio;
Shelby County Schools; The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a proud member of:
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