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Heart of America Shakespeare Festival – Romantic Revels

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s Romantic Revels was held on February 11th at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Drs. Susan and Charles Porter were the honorary chairmen. Linda Word was honored with the Founder’s Award. Guests enjoyed cocktails, a gourmet dinner, a silent auction, and dancing. For a special treat, HASF actors and board members recreated scenes from The Tempest – including a bit of magic! Kelly and Joe Privitera hosted the Patrons’ Party at their beautiful Briarcliff home. The Festival will produce its 31st season in Southmoreland Park this summer.

Loretta and Tom Mentzer


Suzanne McMeel perused the silent auction.


Barbara Bloch and Deanna Diebolt, board members


Michael and Renana Abrams


Brad and Lindsey Heinz with Greg Wu


Darren Sextro and John Rensenhouse


Gail and Jonathan Thomas


Bill Yé, board member; and Matt Rapport, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; performed scenes from The Tempest.

Featured in the March 18, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo Credit: Brian Collins


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