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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.

February 24, 2017
7:00 p.m.

February 25, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public!

The Tempest: Where the Wild Rumpus Starts! 
A Collaboration with Kansas City Young Audiences

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Kansas City Young Audiences are collaborating on a performance offering of The Tempest: Where the Wild Rumpus Starts! Join us as we bring to life this classic with a fun, contemporary twist. The play starts with a shipwreck and ends in celebration. Our one-hour version will be packed with magic, mutiny, savage creatures, spirits and love at first sight all set on a remote, enchanted island filled with wild things!

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.

January 2017 features Vanessa Severo and Jake Walker. Watch them here.

Sunday, February 26
2:00 p.m.
H&R Block City Stage at Union Station
FREE with RSVP

SOLD OUT! Kansas City Actors Theatre: The Beard of Avon script-in-hand reading


The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, in collaboration with the Kansas City Actors Theatre, presents a free staged reading of The Beard of Avon on Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 pm at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station. This delicious and witty farce by Amy Freed fashions the longstanding debate over who really penned Shakespeare’s canon into a merry look at the mortality of artists and the immortality of their legacy. Seen for the first time in Kansas City, this bawdy love letter to language and theatre has been described by noted critic Robert Brustein as satire “worthy of Monty Python.”

Join us for this script-in-hand reading of The Beard of Avon featuring some of Kansas City’s finest actors on Sunday, February 26, 2:00 p.m. at H&R Block’s City Stage at Union Station.

March 11, 13, 15-18

All shows 8:00 p.m.
$20 Tickets – Get them here!

Greenwood Social Hall
1000 West 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Fishtank Theatre: Death, by Shakespeare


Directed by Heidi Van

A collage of female Shakespeare characters and their speeches about femininity, life and death.

Death By Shakespeare Cast List:
JULIET – Leah Wilczewski
OPHELIA – Ellyn Calvert
PORTIA – Amy Attaway
LADY M – Kendra Keller
CLEOPATRA – Meredith Wolfe

Thursday, March 23, 2017:
7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 24, 2017:
8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 2017:
8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, 2017:
2:00 p.m.
Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College
For tickets and info: www.jcc.edu

JCCC Performing Arts Series: The Tempest Script-in-Hand Performance

The Performing Arts Series is thrilled to partner once again with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival for a script-in-hand performance of “The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare.

It is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about revelations, redemption and romance, with a cast of time-honored Shakespearean characters: heroes, villains, a princess and a magician.

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 25th year and is delighted to collaborate with JCCC’s Performing Arts Series as one of its “25 for the 25th” — performances and events which are providing Shakespeare all year — presentations in all arts disciplines and focused on Shakespeare-inspired or -derived works.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017:
7:00 p.m.
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
For tickets and more info: www.kcsymphony.org

Classics Uncorked: Shakespeare in Music

Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Assistant Conductor

As Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage!” This Kansas City Symphony concert, produced in conjunction with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 25th anniversary, features timeless music inspired by the Bard’s greatest comedies, tragedies and histories. From Mendelssohn’s classic Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Tchaikovsky’s epic Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy — this concert is sure to awaken the poet in you. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Most tickets $25.

The Coterie
April 9, 2017
7:00 p.m.

The Coterie: Comedy Masters Showcase

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This special collaboration is a partnership between The Coterie’s Comedy Masters and HASF’s Team Shakespeare. Team Shakespeare will rehearse scenes from their upcoming spring production and share them with the Comedy Masters, who will then spoof those scenes. Both groups will perform back-to-back at The Coterie’s Comedy Masters Showcase on Sunday, April 9 at 7:oo p.m. at The Coterie.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

ShakesBEER Birthday Bash

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Taking Tea with Shakespeare

May 2017
Kansas City Museum

Team Shakespeare Production: Julius Caesar

June 13 – July 2, 2017
Tuesdays-Sundays
7:30 p.m.

Hamlet

FREE professional production in Southmoreland Park

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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Kansas City Public Library – Shakespeare Speakers’ Series

Previous 25 for the 25th offerings

2016
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

2017
February 11: “Art of Love” Valentine Coffee at Kansas City Museum