The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is unable to produce The Tempest in summer 2021.
We were fully prepared to work within local health guidelines and safely present our production this summer in Southmoreland Park. But due to extremely strict COVID-19 safety protocols from Actors’ Equity Association (Equity), mounting a production would have been both logistically challenging and prohibitively expensive. The Festival is contractually bound to abide by Equity regulations, and the fact we typically employ numerous professional Equity-member actors throughout the year, we were forced to make the difficult decision and cancel this summer’s production.
COVID-19 may have stopped our summer production, but our work continues. This year we’ll have live and virtual summer Shakespeare camps, a staged filmed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a filmed production to celebrate Missouri’s bicentennial, Show Me Shakespeare, and we are exploring options for other performances in the fall. As details are available, we will share those with you.
We DO look forward to a fantastic summer season in 2022 – the 30th anniversary of your KC Shakespeare Festival! It will be exhilarating to present a live production in Southmoreland Park and see your smiling and unmasked face. We will be announcing the 2022 production in September.
Please know how much we appreciate your support of the Festival – especially during the challenging past 12 months. It means the world to us.