The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres and Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is proud to have IN Kansas City Magazine as our media sponsor and creator of our 2020 program book. The Tempest program will be available online closer to our summer Festival. Physical copies will also be available in Southmoreland Park during our production run.

To view last season’s digital program for Shakespeare in Love, click HERE.

The Cast for our 2020 summer production of The Tempest is to be determined. For information about auditions, click HERE.

The Creative Team for The Tempest is still being finalized. More information to come at a later date.

6:00 PM: Gates Open

6:30 PM: Parody presented by Team Shakespeare

7:00 PM: Show Talk

7:15 PM: Parody presented by Team Shakespeare

8:00 PM: The Tempest

A story of shipwreck and magic, The Tempest begins on a ship caught in a violent storm with Alonso, the king of Naples, on board. On a nearby island, the exiled Duke of Milan, Prospero, tells his daughter, Miranda, that he has caused the storm with his magical powers. Prospero had been banished twelve years earlier when Prospero’s brother, Antonio—also on the doomed ship—conspired with Alonso to become the duke instead. Prospero and Miranda are served by a spirit named Ariel and by Caliban, son of the island’s previous inhabitant, the witch Sycorax.

On the island, castaways from the wreck begin to appear. First is Alonso’s son Ferdinand, who immediately falls in love with Miranda. Prospero secretly approves of their love, but tests the pair by enslaving Ferdinand. After secretly watching Miranda and Ferdinand exchange vows, Prospero releases Ferdinand and consents to their marriage.

Other castaways who appear are Trinculo and Stephano, Alonso’s jester and butler, who join forces with Caliban to kill Prospero and take over the island. The nobles from the ship search for Ferdinand and are confronted with a spectacle including a Harpy, who convinces Alonso that Ferdinand’s death is retribution for Prospero’s exile.

Having all his enemies under his control, Prospero decides to forgive them. Alonso, joyously reunited with his son, restores Prospero to the dukedom of Milan and welcomes Miranda as Ferdinand’s wife. As all except Caliban and Ariel prepare to leave the island, Prospero, who has given up his magic, bids farewell to the island and the audience.

Click HERE to read the entire play before enjoying it with us in Southmoreland Park in summer 2020.

There is a reserved seating section down front close to the stage and reserved seats can be purchased for $25 Sundays through Thursdays and $35 Fridays and Saturdays. To make your online reservation, click HERE after May 13, 2020. You may also call our office at (816) 531-7728 to reserve seating during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • We recommend seating reservations be made in advance of the performance.
  • To reserve after business hours, you can make an online reservation by clicking HERE after May 13, 2020. You can also go directly to Southmoreland Park and pay for reserved chairs or blanket seating as long as they remain available. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
  • If you are a Good Will Society member, you receive complimentary reserved seats as part of your member ship benefit package. Call (816) 531-7728  to set up your reservation for your chosen performance date.

Once you arrive at the Festival, you may go directly to the reserved seating section and a volunteer will direct you to your seat.

Reserved Blanket Seating: There are a limited number of reserved blanket spaces right in front of the stage, available for $25 per blanket Sundays through Thursdays and $35 Fridays and Saturdays. Given the limited space, we recommend that you plan for three people per blanket.