On Mother’s Day this past weekend, I spent time with my family and then headed to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in East Memphis to see a staged performance of Romeo and Juliet with Elizabeth. We both commented that this may be our very first time seeing the performance live-it was well worth sitting on hard chairs. The Tennessee Shakespeare Company were our hosts and they certainly used all the elements the Dixon offered–the roof of the museum, the South Lawn, and incorporated the funeral procession of Juliet with the audience as the “town.” I saw parts of the gardens that I didn’t realized existed. It was a relaxing evening that I needed after a quick trip to Boone, NC for my master’s graduation.
I highly recommend seeing anything the company performs-they are pro-theater education for youth and teenagers and have workshops and camps to help mold young thespians. The picture above shows the tomb scene with Romeo discovering Juliet…and you know the rest.