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 Merry Wives of Windsor
directed by Dan McCleary
Sunday, November 1
12:00-3:30 pm with brunch buffet
“I do begin to perceive that I am made an ass.”
The story goes that Queen Elizabeth desired to see Shakespeare’s famous fat knight in love and that he then wrote the play in a fortnight for a celebration. Falstaff, an invention of Shakespeare’s in his earlier Henry IV plays, may well, along with Rosalind, Hamlet, and Lear, outlive our own civilization. They have become universal archetypes.
Here, though, Shakespeare creates his most modern and accessible comedy with the quipping fat archetype buried in the dirty clothes of a laundry basket and unceremoniously dumped into the Thames, quite possibly making the play our first situation comedy.
Filled with a broad range of broad characters, Merry Wives pleases everyone in a wacky night of theatre.