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The Ville

Shakespeare in the Streets

Written by Mariah L. Richardson
Directed by Thomasina Clarke
Sep 9 — Sep 11, 2021
Annie Malone House

 The Ville neighborhood is one of the most historically significant Black communities in America. 

Home to Sumner High School, the first Black high school west of the Mississippi River, the Ville has nurtured cultural icons from Chuck Berry to Tina Turner to Arthur Ashe, Grace Bumbry, Dick Gregory, Robert Guillaume, Robert McFerrin, Sr., the Fifth Dimension and more. Sumner alumna Mariah L. Richardson is writing the neighborhood adaptation inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Ville resident Thomasina Clarke will direct.

Presented in partnership with 4theVille.



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2612 Annie Malone Dr, St. Louis, MO 63113

Annie Malone Children and Family Services, Annie Malone Drive, St. Louis, MO, USA

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Shakespeare in the Streets is supported in part by

Missouri Foundation for Health
National Endowment for the Arts
Incarnate Word Foundation
St. Louis Philanthropic Organization

The Festival’s 2021 Season is sponsored by

Edward Jones

With additional support from The Whitaker Foundation; Emerson; Regional Arts Commission; R.C. Kemper Jr. Charitable Trust – UMB Bank, N.A., Trustee; The Strive Fund; Arts & Education Council; Trio Foundation of St. Louis; Missouri Arts Council; The Mary Ranken and Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation; JP Morgan Chase & Co.; Buckingham Strategic Wealth; The Gertrude and William A. Bernoudy Foundation; Enterprise Holdings Foundation; Horncrest Foundation; Ameren Corporation; Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation and Pershing Charitable Trust.