Shakespeare (in Love) in The Park starts tonight and runs through July 7

Heart of America Shakespeare

It’s easy to take for granted that, every summer in Kansas City, at a nice park in the middle of town, for an entire month, you can go watch a high-quality Shakespeare production for free. This year, the Heart of American Shakespeare Festival is switching things up just slightly: it’s putting on not one of the Bard’s great works but rather a work inspired by the Bard: Shakespeare In Love, the 1998 feature film written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. In this production, local husband-and-wife pair Matt Schwader and Hillary Clemens play the Will Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps; other local names on the bill include John Rensenhouse, Matt Rapport, Todd Lanker, and Jan Rogge. More info at

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents: Shakespeare in Love 

Southmoreland Park, 4600 Oak

Tuesdays through Sundays, 8 p.m., from June 11 through July 7

Categories: A&E, Theater