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25 for the 25th

From now through September 2017, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will celebrate its 25th year of presenting high-quality professional productions of Shakespeare’s works and year-round education programs for youth ages 5-18. As part of this celebration, Heart of America Shakespeare will offer “25 for the 25th,” a series of 25 performances, presentations, and happenings in collaboration with several of Kansas City’s premiere arts organizations, museums, and community events. These presentations will provide an opportunity for audiences to connect with Shakespeare in new ways and encounter Shakespeare-inspired and derived works in art forms and mediums other than the plays and sonnets.

The schedule below is frequently updated, so check back often.

Ongoing 2016-2017

Shakespeare Solos Video Project

SHAKESPEARE SOLOS are video recordings of Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s alumni actors performing some of Shakespeare’s great speeches to celebrate the Festival’s 25th anniversary year. Two videos will be released each month, with a bonus video one month, offering 25 videos featuring actors who have performed on the Festival stage.

We’re currently featuring Gary Neal Johnson and Vi Tran. Watch them here.

Previous 25 for the 25th offerings

2016
August 29: Shakespeare-inspired Playwright Slam at Kansas City Repertory Theatre

September 23-25: Plaza Art Fair

September 29: Open rehearsal at Kansas City Ballet for the Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

October 7-9: Summit Art Festival

October 21 & 22, 28 & 29: Ghost Tours at Wornall House

October 14-30: The African Company Presents Richard III, presented in partnership with Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City at the Fishtank Theatre. Missed the performance? See a clip below!

October & December: Ghost Tours and Candlelight Tours at Wornall House

December: Team Shakespeare’s Winter Showcase

2017
February 11: “Art of Love” Valentine Coffee at Kansas City Museum

March 11-18: Death, by Shakespeare with Fishtank Theatre

March 23-26: A script-in-hand performance of The Tempest in partnership with the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.

April 4: Classics Uncorked: Shakespeare in Music, a happy hour series collaboration with the Kansas City Symphony

April 9: Comedy Master Class at the Coterie

April 21: ShakesBEER Birthday Bash at the Buffalo Room.

April 23: Taking Tea with Shakespeare