During the current pandemic and this time of social distancing, what can we learn from members of the creative class, who have so often faced such dangerous unknowns? Join the Tennessee Shakespeare Company for an intrepid exploration of famous creations by artists throughout history who endured multiple forms of isolation, including Frederick Douglass, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Galileo, Allan Ginsberg, Martin Luther King Jr., Frida Kahlo, Shakespeare, Malcolm X, and Thoreau. Five of Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s principal actors will perform: founder Dan McCleary, Stephanie Shine, Carmen-maria Mandley, Michael Khanlarian, and Darius Wallace.
The Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC) is the first and only professional, not-for-profit theatre and education organization in Memphis. The company is dedicated to giving live, diverse performances of William Shakespeare’s plays, sharing works of social significance by classical, Southern, and modern playwrights; and to providing innovative education, training, and outreach programming. Now with its own permanent theatre facility, TSC has engaged its community with forty-five site-specific plays and events for more than fifty-thousand patrons. Its ground-breaking education program has reached one hundred and twenty schools across nine states, totaling more than two hundred fifty thousand student interactions. In the last decade, TSC’s work in title one schools, adjudicated youth prison systems, and the Memphis Veterans’ Hospital has been acknowledged nationally and awarded grant funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The appearance of Tennessee Shakespeare Company is made possible by a generous gift from Pat and Thane Smith.