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At The Winter's Tale, Kansas City

At The Winter’s Tale, Kansas City

We’ve had a terrific and enjoyably intense first full day, thanks in no small part to the orchestrative efforts of Artistic Director Sidonie Garrett, a force of nature and of culture, and someone who is bound to feature again on this site. We conducted fourteen interviews with people associated with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, from two young actors fresh from their performances in a ‘Team Shakespeare’ production of The Winter’s Tale, to the Mayor of the city, Sylvester James Jr., who offered some inspiring words about the role of the arts in the community. All of our interviewees spoke revealingly and often movingly about their work on and experience of Shakespeare in Kansas City. We’re uploading some extracts as I type. (And see here for a 1-minute, technicolor feature on NBC local news).

For now, some rough and unready thoughts on last night in Southmoreland Park, where we watched the penultimate performance of the Festival’s production of The Winter’s Tale. NB: This is *not* a review; this project is not about us making knee-jerk, pseudo-authoritative pronouncements about the quality or originality of the Shakespeare productions we see. We come to praise, not to bury; to celebrate and explore, not to critique and categorize.

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Despatched from 404 West 17th St, Kansas City, 11.07am.

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Author:Paul Prescott

Paul Prescott is Associate Professor of English at the University of Warwick (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/about/people/permanentacademicstaffstaff3/prescottdrpaul/).

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