Learn and then apply the art of wooden-sword dueling in two interactive sessions offered by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Participants first are taught the basics of hand-to-hand combat and swordplay. In the second session, they modernize dialogue from Shakespeare’s plays and employ both that dialogue and their new sword fighting skills in enacting short scenes. Appropriate for teens.
The late 19th- and early 20th-century millionaire businessman Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily spent a lifetime tracking down one of literature’s greatest treasures, the first collection of Shakespeare’s plays. Known as the First Folio, it was published seven years after the Bard’s death in 1616 and surviving copies are valued at upwards of $5-6 million today. Folger and his wife founded the Shakespeare Folger Library to house his volumes and other Shakespeare materials, and it now holds 82 of the 233 copies of the Folio known to still exist.
Take Shakespeare’s mistaken-identity farce, The Comedy of Errors. Give it a modern, hip-hop flavor. And you get The Bomb-itty of Errors, a unique, clever, often laugh-out-loud musical adaptation that debuted off-Broadway in 1999.
His comedies, histories, and tragedies have been performed worldwide for more than 400 years, but William Shakespeare’s personal life remains something of a mystery. In a special installment of the unique, Emmy Award-winning series Meet the Past, the famed playwright – as portrayed by Kansas City actor Mark Robbins – sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a probing, public conversation about his life and celebrated body of work.
There may be no better way to introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare than through a production of his enchanting comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Colorful and lively, it involves magic, fairies, mistaken identities, and plenty of action.
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s four-part series of inside-the-play presentations focuses on its summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy Twelfth Night. Among the participants: HASF’s executive artistic director, Sidonie Garrett, who offers a director’s briefing and leads a discussion, and members of the HASF design team.
When librarians in a township in northern France began wondering late in 2014 whether their centuries-old book of Shakespeare’s works might be a rare copy of the First Folio, they put in a call one of the world’s greatest authorities on the subject. Eric Rasmussen traveled to St. Omer, examined the beat-up book, and made the verification.
Take in an afternoon of family-friendly sights, sounds, activities, and entertainment that bring Shakespeare, his plays, and the Elizabethan Age to life. The celebration caps the first week of the special exhibit First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on display in the fifth-floor Missouri Valley Room.