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This stripped-down, actor-centric production features a versatile cast of six, with most tackling multiple roles in one of Shakespeare’s iconic texts. Creating a rich theater of the imagination, they will take the joyous, professional Shakespeare that the Festival is known for to thousands of people who might not otherwise have access to it.

This program is designed to challenge audiences across all demographics and regions. This programming is perfect for schools, parks, libraries, civic centers, and wherever people gather to learn, experience, and be inspired together.

Living Study Guide:

Instead of students entering a space and watching a show the students will be greeted by the actors and led through discussion and activity before the show begins to increase the audience’s performance literacy. How do we decipher, understand, and analyze a performance that you are unfamiliar with? How do we as audience members know which part of the performance is most important to understanding and enjoyment? The TourCo will walk audiences through skill level appropriate exercises and discussion topics to break down the mystique and foreignness of Shakespeare’s plays and language. The performance of the show that follows will be appropriately set up for the audience in a unique way designed to provide definitions, vocabulary preview, authorial information, and structural patterns.

Past Productions

2023 – Merry Wives
2022 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2021 – Othello


For questions about TourCo, email or call 314-531-9800.


TourCo is funded in part by

Jack & Anne Bader, Commerce Bank, Dr. Debbie A. Depew & Mr. Brad Moore, Michael & JiaMin Dierberg, Alison & John Ferring and

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