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How it All Started

Marilyn Strauss, founder of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, tells the story of how the Shakespeare Festival became a reality…

Production History


As You Like It

There are 30 productions in the Festival's 23-year history.
2015     King Lear
            The Merchant of Venice (produced indoors)
2014     The Winter's Tale
2013     As You Like It
2012     Antony and Cleopatra
             A Midsummer Night's Dream

2011     Macbeth
2010     King Richard III
2009     The Merry Wives of  Windsor
2008     Othello                
2007     Romeo and Juliet           
2006     King Henry V           
2005     Much Ado About Nothing
2004     Julius Caesar   
2003     Hamlet         

Marilyn Strauss, Founder

Marilyn is a former Broadway producer, who returned to her home town from New York where she co-produced five plays, earning a Tony award, for the Irish drama, Da, an Off Broadway award (Obie) for Getting Out and a Tony nomination for the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Felicia Hardison Londré, Honorary Co-Founder

Felicia Londre headshot Felicia Hardison Londré is Curators’ Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Honorary Co-Founder of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.