The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is proud to have IN Kansas City as our media sponsor and creator of our 2019 program book. To view the digital program and learn more about our production of Shakespeare in Love, click HERE.
Keenan Manuel Ramos
Ralph/Valentine/Nurse in R&J
Mistress Quickly, Kate
Robin, Lady Capulet, Guard
Sir Robert DeLesseps and Lambert
Peter, Tybalt, Musician
Nol, Benvolio, Samson
Singer, Barman, Guard, Heavy
Guard, Waiter, Priest, Heavy
Wabash, Boatman, Musician
Frees, Abraham, Servingman
Molly, Queen Elizabeth Attendant, Dancer
Queen Elizabeth Attendant, Dancer
Gene Emerson Friedman
William Grey Warren*
Resident Lighting Designer
Resident Scenic Designer
Resident Costume Designer
Resident Composer/Music Director
Period Movement and Dance Choreographer
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
6:00 PM: Gates Open
6:30 PM: Parody presented by Team Shakespeare
7:00 PM: Show Talk (Phillip blue owl Hooser presents June 11 – 24. Dr. Felicia Hardison Londre’ presents June 25 – July 7.)
7:15 PM: Parody presented by Team Shakespeare
8:00 PM: Shakespeare in Love
Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to two different producers but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing his next masterpiece. He is in search of a muse, but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. Viola is also a great admirer of Shakespeare’s works. Dressing as a man by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily as he is already married and she has been promised to the artistocrat, Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola’s love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet.
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. You may also call our office at (816) 531-7728 to reserve seating during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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.