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First Folio: A 400-Year Celebration

A Collaboration between the Bach Aria Soloists & The Festival

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6:30 p.m. 
Kansas City Public Library
14 W. 10th St. 
RSVP here!

While Shakespeare wasn't a composer, he made his love of music apparent. "How sweet sour music is," he wrote for instance in Richard II, "(w)hen time is broke and no proportion kept." 

The Festival and Bach Aria Soloists meld the Bard's poetry and prose with baroque musical masterpieces, joining onstage for an evening of rich, emotional storytelling. 

Though written more than 400 years ago, Shakespeare's stories and characters illuminate a human condition and gamut of emotions familiar to modern audiences. Scenes from his greatest works -- found in the First Folio -- are accompanied by the ornate strains of the leading baroque composers, a glorious collaboration of language and music by old-world masters. 

This is a FREE concert, but reservations are required. Visit the Kansas City Library's event page to make your reservation

Team Shakespeare Presents: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and MACBETH

FREE shows at Loose Park and Kansas City Museum

Team Shakespeare presents TWO shows this May: 

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's classic tale of love, magic, and mischief! Join us just south of the Rose Garden in beautiful Loose Park for a festive trip into the woods of Athens. 
Pre-show inside the Rose Garden at 6:15 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.
Two performances only: 5/17 & 5/18 at 7 p.m. 
FREE admission!

Macbeth, Shakespeare's timeless tale of treachery, betrayal, greed, and ambition w
ith the beautiful R.A. Long House as a backdrop. 
Pre-show performances on the grounds of the Museum at 6:15 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.
Two performances only: 5/20 and 5/21 at 7 p.m
FREE admission!

Bring your friends, bring your family, bring a picnic! 
Team Shakespeare, the apprentice acting troupe of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, is made up of students from all over the KC metro area.


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. 
The Festival will begin taking reservations for the 2016 season on Wednesday, May 25.


Shakespeare's First Folio

2016 Events All Year Long

Neary four centuries after its publication, one of the world's rarest and most valuable books - the first collection of William Shakespeare's works - will go on display at the Kansas City Public Library as part of a national traveling exhibition in 2016. 

The downtown Central Library will serve as the lone host site in Missouri for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. On display from June 6-28, the exhibit will be the centerpiece of a months-long celebration of Shakespeare, partnering with local and national scholars and an arrea of area institutions and organizations in offering speaking presentations, stage productions, film screenings and discussions, workshops, and other activities for children and adults. 

The Festival is proud to be a local partnering organization and will present events throughout the year

FREE Summer 2016 Speaker's Series

Every Monday in June

SPARK, in cooperation with HASF and the Kansas City Public Library offers a lecture series on the summer production of TWELFTH NIGHT presented in Southmoreland Park Tuesdays through Sundays June 14 - July 3, 2016.

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.

There is no fee or advance registration needed!

Monday, June 6: Introduction to TWELFTH NIGHT – Alyson Germinder, Dramaturg

Monday, June 13: TWELFTH NIGHT and The Art of Comedy  Dr. Robert Willson, UMKC Ret.

Monday, June 20: Putting on the Show – Sidonie Garrett, Executive Artistic Director & cast members

Monday, June 27TWELFTH NIGHT and the Ethics of Deception – Dr. Adam Potthast, Park University


For more information, contact the Festival at 816-531-7728 or or at 816 444 6651

24th Season of Shakespeare in the Park

Twelfth Night

For its 24th season, the Festival will present Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, Shakespeare's hilarious romantic comedy set in romantic Illyria. The play explores love, loss and reunion along with ambition, madness and gender reversal -- all with lots of humor. The production dates are June 14 - July 3, 2016, Tuesday - Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Signed performances for the hard of hearing will be Wednesday, June 22 and Sunday, June 26.  Festival admission is donation only.

Reserved seats and blankets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, May 25. Call 816-531-7728 to make your reservation, or make your reservation online; click on "other amount" and enter the total amount for the reservation.  If you reserve online, please put the date and number of seats or blankets you are reserving in the ADDITIONAL COMMENTS box. Visit "Seating" under information about The Festival for more information. 

Click here to see the Designers and Cast.