Shakespeare in Love‘s run time is two and a half hours with a fifteen minute intermission.

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 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.

Matt Schwader*

Hillary Clemens*

John Rensenhouse*

Bruce Roach*

Matt Rapport*

Todd Lanker*

Jan Rogge*

Cinnamon Schultz*

Justin Barron*

Cody Proctor*

Matt Williamson

Ellen Kirk

Collin Vorbeck

Josh Gleeson

Paolo Laskero

R.H. Wilhoit

Martin Buchanan

Keenan Manuel Ramos

Petey McGee

Matt McAndrews

James Kemper

Kris Stoker

Jerry Manan

Jake Golliher

Marisa Tejeda

Marianne McKenzie

Haddy Wilczewski

Will Shakespeare

Viola DeLesseps




Lord Wessex

Queen Elizabeth


Ralph/Valentine/Nurse in R&J


Ned Alleyn

Mistress Quickly, Kate

Tilney, Caitling

Robin, Lady Capulet, Guard

John Webster


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

Adam, Gregory

Molly, Queen Elizabeth Attendant, Dancer

Musician, Dancer

Queen Elizabeth Attendant, Dancer

Sidonie Garrett

Ward Everhart

Gene Emerson Friedman

Mary Traylor

Greg Mackender

Jeffrey Keirsey

Kaleb Krahn

Tracy Terstriep*

Martin English*

William Grey Warren*

Lee Barker

Afton Earp*

Colin Fowler


Resident Lighting Designer

Resident Scenic Designer

Resident Costume Designer

Resident Composer/Music Director

Sound Designer

Technical Director

Period Movement and Dance Choreographer

Co-Fight Director

Co-Fight Director

Props Master

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.

  • 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 . 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.