ESU Kansas City Branch

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Dear ESU Members and Guests,

Welcome to our ESU Kansas City Branch website! It is with real pleasure that I serve as Kansas City's 2016 branch president, especially as our branch enters into the exciting events which comprise the Shakespeare 400 celebration! 

Shakespeare tells us in his Sonnet 18. "So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee." For four centuries worldwide, human beings' lives have been enriched by the writings from the incomparable genius of Shakespeare. And truly, these marvelous works will continue to elucidate the human condition "as long as men can breathe or eyes can see." 

Kansas City's exciting Shakespeare 400 programming is ongoing throughout May and June!

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News And Events

ESU’s Annual Tea Party Celebrates Shakespeare’s 400 Year Legacy

This year, to commemorate the 400-year legacy of William Shakespeare, the ESU Kansas City Branch is hosting A Shakespeare Tea Party—Celebrating a 400 Year Legacy. All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year. This Shakespeare Tea Party will again be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Mo.

Our ESU annual tea parties are very popular and have sold out for the last four years so this year we will have two seatings to accommodate all who want to attend.

 

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      ESU Kansas City Branch Hosts a       Teaching Shakespeare Workshop                        June 15, 2016

The English-Speaking Union, in partnership with the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library, has developed a custom-designed one-day workshop for middle and high school teachers and will give teachers the tools they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms.

This workshop will be exclusively offered to educators in select cities in the U.S. in which ESU Branches are located. The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union is pleased to be one of the host cities offering this Teaching Shakespeare Workshop to middle and high school teachers in the Kansas City Metro Area. It will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, 14 West 10th St., Kansas City, MO. There is small registration fee of $50.

 

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ESU Presents our Annual Shakespeare Festival Group Night

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 24th season brings to Kansas City audiences one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night. It was believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.

Like so many of Shakespeare plays, Twelfth Night relies on mistaken identity, deception, disguises, trickery and double entendres for its humor. It is a hilarious, yet romantic comedy that displays Shakespeare's tendency to write themes that are ahead of his time, featuring scenes including gender reversal, practical jokes, raucous antics, ravishing language and rich characters.

 

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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare Now on Exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library through June 28, 2016

One of the most valuable books in English Literature, is now on display at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library downtown as part of a nationwide tour of the historical William Shakespeare First Folio document. The First Folio Exhibit opened June 6 and continues through June 28, 2016. It is a free exhibit on the fifth floor in the Missouri Valley Room.

The Kansas City Public Library is exhibiting this literary masterpiece as part of the international events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The English-Speaking Union is one of six partners working with the Kansas City Public Library in bringing this exhibit to Kansas City.

 

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Acclaimed Author Andrea Mays Tells the Miraculous and Romantic Story of the Making of the First Folio

Special 'Meet and Greet the Author' Buffet Reception Follows Lecture

Andrea Mays, acclaimed author and distinguished scholar, will present a lecture on her newly published book, "The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio." The free lecture program is sponsored by The English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch and co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library. It will be held at the downtown Central Library on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The public is invited.

The late 19th- and early 20th-century millionaire businessman Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily spent a lifetime tracking down one of literature's greatest treasures, the first collection of Shakespeare's plays. Known as the First Folio, it was published seven years after the Bard's death in 1616. Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars.

 

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