KCAT collaborates with Shakespeare Festival for reading


Kansas City Actors Theatre and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival present a free staged reading of THE BEARD OF AVON

Kansas City Actors Theatre (KCAT) and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (HASF) are partnering to present a free script-in-hand staged reading of Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon on Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 pm at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station.

 This delicious and witty farce fashions the longstanding debate over who really penned Shakespeare’s canon into a merry look at the mortality of artists and the immortality of their legacy. Seen for the first time in Kansas City, this bawdy love letter to language and theatre has been described by noted critic Robert Brustein as satire “worthy of Monty Python.”

 This performance is a part of HASF’s “25 for the 25th” celebration, a series of Shakespeare-inspired or Shakespeare-derived works in all arts disciplines commemorating the Festival’s 25th anniversary this year. “When determining our collaborators, KCAT was one of the first organizations I put on the list due to long-standing relationships with members of the Artistic Committee and the respect I have for their talent and experience with Shakespeare’s works,” stated Sidonie Garrett, HASF Executive Artistic Director.

KCAT is also excited for the opportunity to work with the HASF, particularly on this play. “The Beard of Avon is a fun, bawdy, and wildly imaginative romp that, unfortunately, is a bit too big and unwieldy for a theatre company of our size to fully produce,” says KCAT Board Member John Rensenhouse. “With the HASF looking to partner with us on something for their celebration, along with the establishment of our new Reading Series, I immediately thought this would be the perfect project. Fortunately, Sidonie found the play as enchanting as I did!”

The performance will be directed by Sidonie Garrett and will feature the talents of  KCAT Board members Cinnamon Schultz, Victor Raider-Wexler and John Rensenhouse along with HASF regulars Matt Rapport, Andy Perkins, Jason Chanos and Roan Ricker.

 This free staged reading of The Beard of Avon will take place at Union Station’s H&R Block City Stage on February 26th at 2:00 pm and will offer general admission seating by reservation at no charge. Reservations to attend must be made at john@kcactors.org. Seating is limited.

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