Script in Hand 2016

The Kansas City Public Library, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and the
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre present the 2016 Script-in-Hand Series:

Much Ado About Shakespeare
January through June 2016

This series is made possible by a generous contribution from the David and Gene Ann Newcomer Foundation in memory of Gene Ann’s brother, Dr. John Klier.

Admission to all performances is free. See below to RSVP, or call 816.701.3407.

Members of the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library are invited to receptions with cast members following each performance. Receptions are provided by Cosentino’s Market. You may join the Friends during any of the events and attend the reception the day you sign up.
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Much Ado About Nothing
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. | RSVP here

Considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies — probably written as he approached the middle of his career in 1598 or 1599 — Much Ado About Nothing combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. This is the first Script-in-Hand production to be staged by Kansas City’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

One-Acts by Charles George
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 2 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. | RSVP here

These two comedies by American playwright Charles George reflect on the notions of love and romance through witty repartee, puns, and direct references to the Bard’s folio.

When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet: Six of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines meet to discuss Juliet’s new love interest, the impetuous Romeo. The ladies advise Juliet on love through their own perspectives and past experiences.

When Shakespeare’s Gentlemen Get Together: Some of Shakespeare’s leading men come to the counting house of Shylock, looking to borrow more money to accommodate the spending of their ladies and for advice on how to take control back from the women.

Kiss Me, Kate
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. | RSVP here

The first Tony Award winner for best musical (in 1949), this masterful play-within-a-play follows a troupe of actors performing the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew while dealing with their own personal lives off stage. Cole Porter provided the music and lyrics, including such standards as So in Love; Too Darn Hot; and Another Op’nin, Another Show.

Shakespeare and the Art of the Word
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 2 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. | RSVP here

Karen Paisley, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s producing artistic director, created this collage of readings of some of Shakespeare’s greatest text, images of the text from the First Folio, and scene enactments. The production highlights popular and well-known passages while flushing out older more obscure ones and hopefully introducing and reintroducing Shakespeare in a visceral and exciting way.

The 2016 Script-in-Hand series spotlights Shakespeare and his works, joining an extended celebration of the Bard in conjunction with a very special upcoming exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
will be on display June 6-28 and feature a rare, nearly 400-year-old copy of the First Folio – the first collection of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies.

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