Summer Camps Enrolling Now!
Acting, Stage Combat, Creative Projects and more
Kids and teens, ages 5 - 18, can have a summer SHAKESPEARIENCE at one of the Festival's nine metro area camps. Young people will audition and get cast in a camp version of King Lear, decorate their own sword, learn stage combat, period movement/dance, do creative projects and learn about Shakespeare's language, life and times. Click here for more information and enrollment form.
23rd Season Production
The Festival will produce King Lear, with John Rensenhouse in the title role in Southmoreland Park, June 16 - July 5, 2015. Performances for the deaf and hard of hearing will be Tuesday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 28th. The production will play Tuesday - Sunday evenings; gates will open for seating at 6:00 p.m. with showtime at 8:00 p.m. nightly. This year's production will be the second time the Festival has presented this great Shakespearean tragedy, previously seen on our stage in the eighth season, in 2000. For information about the design team and cast click here.
Become a Festival Insider
FANS or GOOD WILL SOCIETY membership
If you enjoy the Festival, want to see high quality classical theatre and care about the cultural life of our community, please consider membership as a FAN or as a member of our newly formed GOOD WILL SOCIETY. Your membership keeps the Festival open to all and gives YOU some special insider access to our artists and to our pre-show GOOD WILL VIP tent with up-front seats that guarantee you the best experience of the summer! As a member, your contribution will directly assist us in transforming a city park into a theater, and bringing the world of Shakespeare to life for tens of thousands of people. With your membership you will receive a host of benefits depending on the amount of your contribution. Most importantly, you will know that because of you, FREE Shakespeare in the park is possible.
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With your tax-deductible contribution to the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival you will receive:
$150 2 Reserved Seats 1 Parking Pass
GOOD WILL SOCIETY membership:
$250 4 Reserved Seats 2 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 4
$500 8 Reserved Seats 4 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 8
$1000 12 Reserved Seats 6 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 12 with pre-show beverages + Invitation to a Behind-the-Scenes Event + GOOD WILL SOCIETY acknowledgement and Thank You from stage
All Up-Front Reserved Seats; One-time use throughout the run of the Festival.
FREE Series of Show Talks
King Lear explained and discussed
SPARK, in cooperation with HASF and the Kansas City Public Library offers a lecture series on the summer production of King Lear, presented in Southmoreland Park, June 16- July 5, 2015.
This series will be Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. in the Cohen Room, part of the Truman Forum on the lower level of the Plaza Library, and is curated by Ardy Pearson.
There is no fee or advance registration needed.
Monday, June 1 – Introduction to KING LEAR - Alyson Germinder, Festival Associate
Monday, June 8 - Purpose and Punishment: King Lear as an Allegory for Ripping Apart the Natural Order of the World - Dr. Adam Potthast, Park University
Monday, June 15 – Behind the Scenes, King Lear in production
Sidonie Garrett, Executive Artistic Director of HASF, with staff and cast members
Monday, June 22 -Lear's Wise Fool: The Conscience of the King –Dr. Robert Willson, UMKC
Monday, June 29 - Selected visual production history from the 19th century to the present -
Dr. Felicia Londre, UMKC
EXTRA! EXTRA! The 2009 Royal Shakespeare Company movie production of King Lear starring Ian McKellan will be shown at All Souls Unitarian Church, 4501 Walnut, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Light refreshments will be available. No charge nor reservations necessary.