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Cut & Paste: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis engages the community in public spaces

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' most recent Shakespeare in the Streets production, Blow, Winds, will be on stage this weekend at the Central branch of the St. Louis Public Library.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is one of the most prominent theater companies in town, yet it doesn’t own a stage.

The organization shares its various stages — Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park, local schools and even city streets — with the public. With programs like Shakespeare in the Streets, which tells a community’s story, that sharing comes with great responsibility.

This weekend, Shakespeare Festival presents its streetside production, a take on “King Lear” called “Blow, Winds” on the steps of the St. Louis Public Library’s downtown location.

In our latest Cut & Paste podcast, we talk with Jennifer Wintzer, the festival’s director of community engagement and education, and “Blow, Winds” associate director Jacqueline Thompson.

Lamar Harris scored the production, to be sung by the Central Baptist Church Choir and directed by the Rev. Chris Watkins. The Gentlemen of Visionstep team will also perform.

Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcastsevery few weeks on our website. You can also find all previous podcasts focusing on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.

The podcast is sponsored by JEMA Architects, Planners and Designers.

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.
Jeremy is the arts & culture reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.