Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Streets

Shakespeare in the Streets
Blow, Winds

June 15-16, 2018

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear

Returning to the steps of St. Louis Public Library in our 2018 Season

Downtown St. Louis

St. Louis Public Library – 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103

Blow, Winds will be performed on the steps of St. Louis Public Library.

Photo by J. David Levy

Following the cancellation of Blow, Winds in 2017, this production will return to the steps of the Public Library for its first public performance during our 2018 Season.  This reinvented work  tells our continuing story as we address both the frustration and pride that comes with living in St. Louis. More details are coming soon.

Story Inspiration:

“During our frequent conversations with residents this past year, we heard many stories about their love for St. Louis and the pride they have in their neighborhoods.  But we also heard about their frustration with problems that seem to be ingrained not only in our city but throughout the world including, inequality, injustice, and violence. This project sheds light on what there is to celebrate in our city, while still acknowledging the problems we all face. Our fate belongs to one another.”
— Nancy Bell, Playwright —

Nancy Bell, playwright for Blow, Winds


The Gentlemen of Vision step team perform in Blow, Winds – Photo by J. David Levy

Cast of Characters

Original 2017 Cast:

KING LOUIS Joneal Joplin
GONERIL Wendy Greenwood
REGAN Katy Keating
CORDELIA Erin Renée Roberts
EDMUND Reginald Pierre
ILLINOIS Maalik Shakoor
KANSAS Elvedin Arnautovic
THE FOOL Adam Flores
KENT Michelle Hand
Minerva Lopez
Stephanie Voteau
Emily Korte
Karla Boresi
Elias Dernlan
Kevin Williams
Erika Flowers

Shakespeare in the Streets 2017 is presented in partnership with the St. Louis Public Library and is underwritten by PNC Arts Alive.

SITS is possible with additional support from the Whitaker Foundation, the William E. Weiss Foundation, the Strive Fund, Spire, Spencer Fane, Gateway Arch and Gateway Arch Riverboats, Moneta, and Fitz’s Bottling Company.