Press Release
Shakespeare Returns to WKNO


For more information: Teri L Sullivan
WKNO Promotions Manager
901-729-8735
tlsullivan@wkno.org

March 8, 2013
For Immediate Release

SHAKESPEAREAN COSTUME EXHIBIT BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
- WKNO and Tennessee Shakespeare Company also Hosting Documentary Screening and “Hamlet” Workshop -

Back by popular demand, “The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man*” – A “Shakespeare Uncovered” Costume Exhibit, which was originally on display for two weeks in January at the WKNO Digital Media Center, will return for a one-month run beginning Monday, March 18. The exhibit, free and open to the public, is available for viewing March 18 through April 12 during office hours in Gallery Ten Ninety One and is curated by Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC) designer Bruce Bui.

WKNO-TV/FM and TSC are inviting the public to the WKNO Digital Media Center on Sunday, March 24 to a reception in the exhibit at 1:30 p.m., followed by a screening at 2:00 p.m. of the film “Hamlet with David Tennant”, which recently aired as part of the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered on WKNO/Channel 10.

Then at 3:45, following another reception and exhibit tour, there will be a special rehearsal workshop: Shakespeare Live: Playing Hamlet on Stage, led by TSC’s Dan McCleary and the Hamlet cast. Admission is free for both events. Reservations required. Visit wkno.org and click on Shakespeare Uncovered to reserve your seat today. 

The workshop, Shakespeare Live: Playing Hamlet on Stage, will feature professional actors from TSC’s national cast working on the upcoming production of Hamlet and will include speeches and scenes, with guidance and observations from the audience. And for audience members who would like to work briefly on Hamlet, one or two volunteers will be invited to the stage. TSC will present Hamlet April 3-14 inside Dixon Gallery and Garden’s Winegardner Auditorium.

The public may attend either or both of the events free of charge, but reservations are required and can be made at wkno.org.

The exhibit and events are part of several events on which WKNO and TSC are partnering as part of a community-wide project to celebrate the works of Shakespeare and expose the community to his plays. These events and special pieces for television and radio are thanks to a grant in support of the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered, produced by WNET New York Public Media.

The partnership between TSC and WKNO is one of only ten such collaborations between public television stations and Shakespeare companies in the United States to receive the grant by WNET.

Shakespeare Uncovered will return to WKNO in an all-day marathon on Memorial Day.
Tickets for all TSC Hamletperformances are $25 in advance and $30 day-of-show. Tickets for the Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4 preview performances are only $15, regardless of when purchased. Thursday, April 4 and Thursday, April 11 are Free Will Kids’ Nights: Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian.

Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project's lead foundation sponsor, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.

* Quote from Hamlet, Act I Scene III Line 55-81.


About Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Tennessee Shakespeare Company, now in its fifth season, is a professional 501(c)(3) theatre and education organization which performs the plays of William Shakespeare seasonally outdoors and indoors in environmentally-specific venues; performs classical and Southern writers seasonally indoors and outdoors through the Southern Exposure series; and provides year-round educational and training programming. Tennessee Shakespeare Company seeks to create and sustain a classical theatre that both nurtures artists and encourages audiences to exaltation, curiosity, and wonderment; be a center for the community dedicated to re-discovering faith in life by increasing awareness of reality and expanding imagination through an emphasis on the performance, education, and training of William Shakespeare’s works.


About WKNO
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 56 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: wkno.org.

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