by Chris Davis
What's that you say? You don't know what a Roiter-Doiter is? Apparently it's some sort of festival according to a press release which asks readers if they "Remember the old days in the Renaissance when a Roiter-Doiter meant fun, togas, feats of skill, and winning something big?" Unfortunately nobody here at Intermission Impossible was around during the Renaissance so nobody remembered. And Google didn't remember what a roiter doiter was either. So who knows?
Of course Roiter-Doiter sounds a bit like Roister Doister and may remind more serious English Lit geeks of Ralph Roister Doister a sex farce by Nicholas Udall that's widely considered to be the first comedy written in the English language. Udall's play, which spawned the expression "roister doister," (a "lusty brute" given to obnoxious bragging) is probably based on works by Latin playwrights Plautus and Terrance but otherwise it has little to do with togas or winning something big. So basically we're lost and all we can tell you is this:
The Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Roiter-Doiter, which may come to define Roiter-Doiters both ancient and contemporary, will feature a both a silent auction (dinners, jewelry, and golf), and a live auction (getaway trips to Cumberland Island and Portland, Maine). There will also be weird contests, sword wielding actors and a chance to win an All-Expense-Paid Trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to see Shakespeare's house.
The Roiter-Doiter will be held at The Esplanade in Cordova on Monday, September 21 from 6:00-9:00 pm.
Tickets are $125, and Tables of Eight are $1,000. To purchase your tickets by the September 8 deadline, go online to www.tnshakespeare.org or call Caroline Harrison at (901) 759-0604.