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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. 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.

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