Shakespeare on the Steps

Central Library is excited to host Shakespeare in the Streets this Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th at 8:30 PM. Playwright Nancy Bell is bringing Blow, Winds, a King Lear adaptation, to the Olive Street steps of the library. The performance will be the sixth one of the Shakespeare in the Streets (SITS) series. SITS takes a grassroots approach to theater and invites various St. Louis neighborhoods to both produce and star in an original play based on one or more of Shakespeare's works. The neighborhood performs at three live, outdoor events and is free and open to the public. 

Past Shakespeare in the Streets performances include: 

Remember Me (2016) based on Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth  (performed in Maplewood)


The World Begun (2015) based on Twelfth Night  (performed in Old North Saint Louis)

Good in Everything (2014) based on As You Like It (performed in Downtown Clayton)

Old Hearts Fresh (2013) based on The Winter's Tale (performed in The Grove/Tower Grove Southeast)

The New World (2012) based on The Tempest (performed on Cherokee Street/Benton Park West)

In anticipation of the event, we've made a display that features both Shakespeare-inspired fictions alongside a selection of Shakespeare plays. Check out our extensive Shakespeare collection at Central, or request an item to have it sent to a branch near you. 

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