Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City

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Founded in 1991 by Tony award-winning Broadway producer Marilyn Strauss, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival launched its first season in 1993 in Southmoreland Park. Since then, more than 500,000 theatergoers from 42 states and 11 countries have shared in the classical professional productions the Festival presents each summer.
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  • Kansas City Shakespeare Company did a tremendous performance of Much Ado About Nothing. I highly recommend watching it. Just grab a blanket or some deck chairs, drive south from downtown for about 3 m...  more »
  • We saw the Much Ado About Nothing performance, it was wonderful, the interpretation by the performers was humorous and appropriate. A wonderful setting in the park, with food trucks to grab dinner (th...  more »
  • Wonderful way to expose children to the bard! Acting is fantastic, costuming is stunning, and the best part—it’s free! But bring some cash and make a donation at the door. Eats are available—great foo...  more »
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  • We discovered HASF and Shakespeare in the Park four years ago, and haven't missed one since. We have also never been disappointed. From costumes to set design to acting, the quality of the performances is amazing. The 25th anniversary Hamlet production was particularly noteworthy. Yes, it is free and in a park (although we always pay for reserved seating), but it is a top notch production that hundreds of people have poured thousands of hours into and deserves respect. Hands down, my favorite KC summer event!
  • A family tradition since for two decades. We've spent countless evenings lying in Southmoreland Park listening to John Rensenhouse or Cinnamon Schultz or Matt Rapport deliver verse to the stars---and rapt audience. Sets tucked into the 100 year old trees and a wall as old as God, children provoked to giggles by Shakespeare's comedy... HASF is an exquisite example of how good we have it in Kansas City's theater scene. Thank you to Sidonie Garrett and the devoted humans who have kept this tradition thriving for a quarter century.
  • Great Shakes theatre! Great summer camp program! The BEST!
  • Very un-kid friendly. For a free event, I was very disappointed to see how harshly staff scolded children for playing in the park. I was more distracted by staff angrily approaching children to yell at them than I was with the children simply play catch or tag. As a woman without children, I found the behavior of staff to be inappropriate and disproportionately harsh considering the event. It would be different if I had paid big bucks to see a show on broadway, I might've expect a little grandeur. However, I paid nothing to see a play in a public park and was continuously distracted by the unecessarly scolding of children.
  • Location was easy to access, sloping hill made it possible to see everything from the back. My compliments to the sound technicians, we could hear everything from the back as well! Performance was excellent.
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