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Auditions for the Festival's 23rd Season

King Lear

Actors who wish to audition for the Festival's production of King Lear may contact the business office 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays.   Call 816.531.7728 to schedule an appointment for Saturday, December 13 or Sunday, December 14. 2014. 

HASF's production of King Lear begins rehearsal, May 26, 2015 with a production run, June 16 - July 5, 2015 in Southmoreland Park.

Improvisation for the Theatre


Adult actors who want to learn key professional theatre skills can enroll now for the Festival's improvisation class.  The six week course will focuson setting an actor free in an environment where you can hone your skills, build a character, release your inner clown and expand your performing skills. This high energy, interactive  class will be led by Festival Director of Education, Matt Rapport. Classes meet Monday nights, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  January 19 through February 23, 2015. Complete the enrollment form and return to HASF, 3619 Broadway, Suite 2, Kansas City, MO  64111 OR fax to: 816.531.1911.  Or scan and e-mail to

 Improvisation for the Theatre enrollment form

The Merchant of Venice

Indoor Shakespeare - March 2015

The Festival will produce The Merchant of Venice, featuring Mark Robbins as Shylock, presented by the Jewish Community Center's White Theatre and Johnson County Community College's Performing Arts Series in March 2015.  This will be the first professional production of the play in Kansas City in 65 years.  Each performance will include a post-show TALK BACK with the director, production team and actors. 

Performance dates and times are:
Jewish Community Center - White Theatre
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 
7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21
2:00 p.m., March 22 at 2:00 p.m.


Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College - Polsky Theatre
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26
8 p.m. Friday, March 27
8 p.m. Saturday, March 28
2 p.m. Sunday, March 29


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.

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.  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. 

Thank you to our SPONSORS

22nd Season a Success!

The 2014 season production of The Winter's Tale is now closed and we send a grateful THANK YOU to our season sponsors, donors, GOOD WILL SOCIETY members, Festival Fans and individuals who contributed to make our season a success.  To you all, we say "...Thanks, and thanks and ever thanks..."  Twelfth Night, Act III, sc. 3
Click here to read the names of the corporations, foundations and individuals who made it happen!