Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the News

In the Works

The Grandel Theatre
Fall, 2018

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will conclude its 2018 season with an exciting new initiative—In the Works. This new play festival will showcase three original stories by American playwrights using Shakespeare as their inspiration.

The four-week residency will be headlined by performances of Into the Breeches!, a heart-warming and poignant comedy by George Brant about a group of women left at home to produce Henry V while their men are away during World War II. In the Works will also feature staged readings (with accompanying student talkbacks) of Shakespeare Festival-commissioned The Thousand Natural Shocks, a coming-of-age story of a teen finding himself through a high school production of Hamlet, written by Michael Sáenz. And children of all ages will enjoy family matinees of Festival playwright Nancy Bell’s new work for young audiences, A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness, inspired by the mistaken identity hijinks of The Comedy of Errors.

“With In the Works, we are taking the next step in deepening our commitment to our mission to produce not only the work of the Bard, but the work of artists inspired by his canon, and to build on the success of our commissions for Schools and Streets programs. Producing work by local, contemporary artists has paved the way for us to broaden our offerings with new works from artists across the country. We are excited to give our patrons even more opportunities to experience the Festival year-round with the added bonus of being indoors.”

— Jennifer Wintzer — Interim Producing Director

Additional information on In the Works, including show logistics, cast and ticketing will be announced later this summer. Make sure you are signed up for our mailing list to receive the newest information on In the Works!

Generous support for In the Works is provided by Mont & Karen Levy and PNC Arts Alive.