Many cities offer the experience of Shakespeare in the Park, but this is something truly special. Maybe it is the perfect park setting. Southmoreland Park is next to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum and is within walking distance of the Plaza. As you enter the park, there are Shakespearean actors and entertainers on hand to set the mood and answer questions. This leads to a hillside with the open air stage at the base.
It is done exactly as Shakespeare intended, with a very simple stage and backdrop so that we can really focus on the characters. You pick a piece of hillside, throw out your blanket, and settle in for an evening under the stars on a warm Missouri evening. Don't forget to bring your picnic basket. I always include a bottle of wine.
The troupe offers alternating productions - one night a comedy, one night a tragedy. This way if you are in town for several evenings you can choose which you prefer. Or possibly, if you enjoy the experience as I have, you can do both. It is completely free and whether or not you have been a Shakespeare fan or even understand the production, I promise after this evening event you will be a Kansas City fan!