25 for the 25th

From now through September 2017, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will celebrate its 25th year of presenting high-quality professional productions of Shakespeare’s works and year-round education programs for youth ages 5-18. As part of this celebration, Heart of America Shakespeare will offer “25 for the 25th,” a series of 25 performances, presentations, and happenings in collaboration with several of Kansas City’s premiere arts organizations, museums, and community events. These presentations will provide an opportunity for audiences to connect with Shakespeare in new ways and encounter Shakespeare-inspired and derived works in art forms and mediums other than the plays and sonnets.

The schedule below is frequently updated, so check back often.

Ongoing 2016-2017

Shakespeare Solos Video Project

SHAKESPEARE SOLOS are video recordings of Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s alumni actors performing some of Shakespeare’s great speeches to celebrate the Festival’s 25th anniversary year. Two videos will be released each month, with a bonus video one month, offering 25 videos featuring actors who have performed on the HASF stage.

We’re currently featuring Matt Rapport and Cinnamon Schultz. Watch them here.

Friday, April 21, 2017
The Buffalo Room
817 Westport Road
(Just behind Westport Flea Market)

Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m.


ShakesBEER Birthday Bash

Join us as we celebrate the Bard’s birthday and HASF’s 25th Anniversary at our annual ShakesBEER Birthday Bash! An evening of food, games, and live music to toast the Bard and raise funds to send kids to Camp Shakespeare.

The party starts Friday, April 21. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for food and bar service, Entertainment and fun begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Room in the back of Westport Flea Market.

Food and drinks available for purchase right at your seat from your Buffalo Room server (cash OR credit!), including beer and Westport Flea Market’s famous burgers. You can also participate in ShakespeareOKE, trivia and more fun! And of course, there will be cake.

Student tickets are just $5. Adult tickets are $10. Purchase a $15 ShakesBEER Buddy ticket and receive a commemorative HASF coozie. Join us as Bard Buds at the $100 patron level and enjoy up-front reserved table seating and 2 commemorative coozies.

Tickets available for purchase online – click here to secure your reservation today!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Taking Tea with Shakespeare


This event is sold out. 

May 18 – 20, 2017
Kansas City Museum
7:00 p.m.

Team Shakespeare Production: Julius Caesar

Team Shakespeare presents a FREE production of Julius Caesar on the lawn of the Kansas City Museum. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:15 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy lawn seating. Picnics are welcome. No tickets required!

About the show:
Caesar returns to Rome triumphant in battle, but despite his populist appeal, not all are happy with the direction Caesar is taking Rome. Power struggles, mutiny, and ultimately civil war threaten to destroy the once mighty Roman Empire.

Team Shakespeare is the apprentice acting troop of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Now in its ninth year, the group is made up of middle and high school students from around the metro area. Team Shakespeare performs year-round in many venues throughout the city. The group is led by Teaching Artists and theatre professionals dedicated to spreading the art of theatre and Shakespeare to everyone.

June 13 – July 2, 2017
7:30 p.m.


FREE professional production in Southmoreland Park


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


Kansas City Public Library – Shakespeare Speakers’ Series

Previous 25 for the 25th offerings

August 29: Shakespeare-inspired Playwright Slam at Kansas City Repertory Theatre

September 23-25: Plaza Art Fair

September 29: Open rehearsal at Kansas City Ballet for the Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

October 7-9: Summit Art Festival

October 21 & 22, 28 & 29: Ghost Tours at Wornall House

October 14-30: The African Company Presents Richard III, presented in partnership with Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City at the Fishtank Theatre. Missed the performance? See a clip below!

October & December: Ghost Tours and Candlelight Tours at Wornall House

December: Team Shakespeare’s Winter Showcase

February 11: “Art of Love” Valentine Coffee at Kansas City Museum

March 11-18: Death, by Shakespeare with Fishtank Theatre

March 23-26: A script-in-hand performance of The Tempest in partnership with the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.

April 4: Classics Uncorked: Shakespeare in Music, a happy hour series collaboration with the Kansas City Symphony