Davies to lead Tennessee Shakespeare Festival

Davies to lead Tennessee Shakespeare Festival

The board of directors of the new Tennessee Shakespeare Festival in Bell Buckle has named actor-director Lane Davies as the artistic director of the new company.
Perhaps best known for sardonic roles in television comedy and drama, most recently on Scrubs as Dr. Simon Reid, during 30 years as a stage actor, Davies has performed such roles as Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, King Lear, Petruchio, Henry V and Cyrano de Bergerac in companies from San Diego to Providence, R.I.. Nashville audiences saw him last year as John Barrymore in Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s production of “I Hate Hamlet.” He has worked as a consultant, writer and producer for Walt Disney Attractions on projects for Tokyo Disney Sea and EuroDisney.
As artistic director for the Santa Susana Repertory Company, a professional resident theater company in Ventura County, Lane produced and/or directed over 40 productions and guided the company from its inception.
He also founded the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in Thousand Oaks, now in its 12th season. Davies has been on the festival’s steering committee since its inception.
According to board president Rodney Simmons, “The board feels that Lane brings the ideal combination of experience, creativity and leadership to the festival. We want to establish ourselves as a professional company from the outset and Lane is the perfect person to do that.”
The performances of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” will be held on the Webb School athletic grounds June 27-29 and July 4-6 in Bell Buckle. There will be tent seatings as well as grounds seating for those preferring to bring a blanket.
The Bell Buckle Cafe will be on site offering a variety of their down-home style country cooking for picnicking.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, with children younger than 12 free. Tickets may be ordered online at http://www.tennesseeshakespearefestival.com/.
Published in The Messenger 4.30.08

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