Tennessee Shakespeare presents “Speak What We Feel: Shakespeare’s Radical Response to a Radical Time”
April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25
Originally commissioned by the Tennessee Arts Academy in 2017, TSC producing artistic director Dan McCleary created and directed “Speak What We Feel” in a 30-minute performance on stage in Nashville. McCleary brings the regional premiere home to Memphis, doubling its material and adding five new cast members.
The production addresses a period of radical absolutism nationwide – unapologetic racism, anti-Semitism and sexism among a population and leadership struggling with the pervasiveness of one religion (over science) and fighting to prevent immigrants from entering its borders. The government is widely suspected of collusion with foreign adversaries while its own citizens’ rights are drained of protection.
The late Elizabethan period in England was rife with clear and present danger, and William Shakespeare’s response was radical: artistic freedom.
This fast-paced, interactive exploration includes scenes from Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” “Coriolanus,” “Richard III,” “The Tempest,” “Sir Thomas More,” “Othello,” “Richard II,” “Measure for Measure,” “Julius Caesar” and “As You Like It.”
Doors and the Cato’s Lounge Bar open 30 minutes prior to the performance. An actor and audience talkback will take place immediately following the performance.