The Library, the Shakespeare Festival, and SPARK Team Up for a Summer with the Bard

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For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2012
Contact: Robert Butler
816.701.3729
The Library, the Shakespeare Festival, and SPARK Team Up for a Summer with the Bard

All the world's a stage ... especially in Kansas City in the summertime when the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers four weeks of free Bard under the stars.

This year the festival will be staging Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night's Dream in rotating repertory from June 19 to July 15, 2012, in Kansas City's Southmoreland Park.

To enhance the experience of local audiences the Library, the festival, and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge) have teamed up for a series of lectures at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Adam Potthast, professor of philosophy studies at Park University, will speak on Cleopatra and Ethics: Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make Shakespeare at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 4.

Laurie Ellinghausen, UMKC associate professor of English, looks at Romantic Love and Gender Relations in A Midsummer Night's Dream at 1:30 p.m.on Monday, June 11.

Festival dramaturg Thomas Canfield discusses The Art and Artistry of A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Illustrative Summary and Performance History at 1:30 p.m.on Monday, June 18.

Sidonie Garrett, the festival's producing artistic director, discusses the efforts going into this season's plays in Behind the Scenes - A Two-Show Season; Double Everything at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25.

In addition there will be a free screening of the acclaimed 1935 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the Plaza Branch. Directed by stage giant Max Reinhardt, this classic stars Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Joe E. Brown, James Cagney (as Bottom), and Mickey Rooney (as Puck).

For additional information on SPARK events contact Ardy Pearson at 816.444.6651 or pearson@kc.rr.com.

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