Heart of America Shakespeare Festival preview by Lauren Collinsworth Claflin
By 1990, independent theatre producer Marilyn Strauss had already enjoyed an immensely successful career. She had worked with many of the best actors and directors in New York. She had produced several hit shows, and won Tony awards. Wondering what her next project should be, she talked with Joseph Papp, the legendary founder and director of New York’s Shakespeare in the Park. He told Strauss that her hometown, Kansas City, did not have a Shakespeare festival, and suggested that she start one.