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The Festival will present King Lear every night, except Mondays, until July 5 if weather allows.  We will delay cancelling a performance until the very last minute and only cancel if it is impossible for us to continue due to excessive rain and/or lightning.

For patrons who have reserved chairs or blanket space for a performance that is CANCELLED:

If you had reserved seats for a cancelled performance, please call 816.531.7728 on weekdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and we will make arrangments to seat you or provide you with credit for the cost.

23rd Season Production

King Lear

The Festival will produce King Lear, with John Rensenhouse in the title role in Southmoreland Park, June 16 - July 5, 2015.  To purchase single seats or blankets, please call 816-531-7728 Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. 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.

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.

Become a Festival Insider


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.


With your tax-deductible contribution to the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival you will receive:
FAN membership: 
 $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 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.

Shakespeare and the Church

A partnership between the Festival and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Join the Festival and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for a FREE lecture and performance series. Shakespeare & the Church explores religious themes during Shakespeare's time through lectures, performance exerpts of Shakespeare's texts, and discussion.