Save the Dates 2010:

Must Do Parties!

“The King doth keep his Revels here Tonight!” Midsummer Night's Dream


Whether its our terrific special event Fundraising parties, our you-don’t-wanna-miss’em Thank You parties for volunteers or donors … or our Cast parties, our young professional parties, or our many other great social activities, the bottom line is: just like Shakespeare, the Iowa Shakespeare Experience creates some terrific Revels! 


Read about our current parties, below. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact: or Robin at 515 274 8989.  


2010 Revels and Parties:

(This list is updated throughout the year - keep checking back - or better yet, sign up for our e-newsletter to keep up with all the latest!)


 June 13:  "Cusp of Midsummer" progressive Brunch; 11:30-2:30 pm

Showcasing: Legends of the Iowa Shakespeare Stage Part I

  • One of the ISE's “Sunday Afternoon with Friends” events in a favorite series
  • Location:  Two of downtown Des Moines’ most exclusive private penthouses:

Enjoy not just one, but TWO of Des Moines’ most exclusive (drop dead gorgeous!) private downtown penthouses – the personal homes of two of Des Moines’ most famous philanthropists and community leaders! 

Enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Festival grounds while you relish a Midsummer Brunch created by one of the Metro’s most legendary private chefs, our own Charles Fuller.  

This event kicks off our “Legends of the Iowa Shakespeare stage series –  you will be entertained by those truly Legendary Actors and Performing Artists who have been lauded leaders on the stage and in the arts all across Iowa, such as Hollis Monroe.

Hollis is known state-wide via public radio for his expertise in classical entertainment and has been recognized for years for his Operatic talents. Hollis was also one of the founders of the original Shakespearean Institute of the Iowa Shakespeare Project. 

Hollis will give a rendition of a passage from Shakespeare that he personally selected – and whet your appetite for what he will do later this summer in the role of Egeus/”Bottom” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza. 

  • At this wonderful party, you’ll enjoy old friends and new- and will also have a chance to hear a reading from the ONLY “new” Shakespeare work authenticated in over 300 years!  Authenticated as a Shakesperean work by Arden just this past March, this is the first public presentation from “Double Falsehood” in the Metro – you want to be there!
  • Tickets: Available in advance (or at the door IF space allows)

$45 per person 

($25 per person Young Professionals forty-and-under)


July 17: “Take the Stage” Young Professionals Revels: 7pm – 7:45 pm

  • Location: At the Festival…
  • Simon Estes Riverside Amphitheater, Downtown Des Moines

At the Festival’s fun “Young Professionals Night”, you can stroll our terrific Art Market chock full of the Region’s most up-and-coming young designers and artists, enjoy wine tasting from Jasper Winery - - and then come on down directly to the pre-show party right on the Festival stage! 

You can purchase tickets at the stage steps – and for a modest price, as the river flows by and the skyline enhances this terrific setting, you’ll enjoy a selection of wine and beer from Jasper AND yummy pizza from the new pizza restaurant soon to be opened by Lucca!

 After networking and socializing with each other at this great event (and after perhaps posing with or partying with a Cast Member or two), those attending can retire to premiere seating in a VIP seating area specially set aside for this special group, to enjoy picnics and an “up close and personal” proximity to the show.  

  •  Tickets: $10 per person to help support the Festival, available at the stage steps


July 18:Take the Stage” VIP party; 7pm  - 7:45 pm

  • Location:  At the Festival… 
  • Simon Estes Riverside Amphitheater, Downtown Des Moines

 The King most certainly keeps Revels here tonight!  This year, our annual VIP and Donor party will have special flair: you’ll enjoy the Big Band sounds of Jim Oatts during our exciting Jazz-in-July pre-show concert!  

 At this party, Festival VIPS and community members join some of the Actors, the ISE Board, and various Metro leaders in this annual celebration of those who contribute to creating the premiere cultural event of Shakesperience Fest.  Elegant nibbles and wines hand-selected by The Wine Club are served.  

 Not yet a Festival financial supporter? Not to worry- you can still attend!  Simply become one of our supporters in advance or even AT the VIP party - - merely by purchasing a ticket to the Wine party at the stage steps- and we’ll usher you right into party as well as into the premiere VIP seating that goes along with this great summer event!  Or, for even more VIP fun, call us to purchase an advance ticket to other components of this event (see below.)

Ticket Options for the public (or contact us to be put on our permanent event guest list to be mailed invitations with occaissional special pricing)

Wine Party component is FREE for those who are already 2010 ISE donors in amounts of $250 or more. 

$75 per person (Wine party only)

$150 per person )Includes a boxed dinner – cannot purchase on site, must notify us in advance!)

$250 per person – Includes boxed dinner and private cabaret seats – seating is limited and this ticket must be purchased in advance)

 (50% off pricing for Young Professionals 40 and under)


July 25 Shakespeare in the Midsummer Garden; another in our series of "Sunday Afternoon With Friends"

 Location: Grand Avenue area garden, central Des Moines

  • Revel in one of THE most famous Hosta gardens in America- the garden created by one of America’s most legendary Hosta growers.  Yes, its right here in Des Moines!  

You’ll enjoy a glass of cheer while strolling or simply relaxing in a magical private garden which recently this summer hosted the Hosta Society of America!  Unlike the type of experience one has on a large-scale garden tour, this relaxing, peaceful non-frantic event will allow you plenty of time to peruse, sit, enjoy, and or if you like, chat with your lovely hostess- the daughter of the legendary breeder. 

Tickets: $5 free will donation suggested per person. includes a glass


Fall 2010 (Date tba):  The ISE Board hosts: Festival thank you party!  For Volunteers and Donors!

 Location: private home south of Grand

 Home of Dr. Bruce Hughes.  And NO ONE wants to miss a party at Bruce’s!  A “Sunday Afternoon with Friends” event.


Fall or Winter or Early Spring 2010 (Date tba): Legends of the Iowa Shakespeare Stage II and III

Our exciting “Legends” series will continue at “Sunday Afternoon with Friends” events through fall or winter, as in glorious private homes, we showcase legendary Shakesperean Acting talent from across the State.

And - - - hold on to your bodkin!  All the 2010-2011 "Legends" series of party lead up to a simply amazing conclusion!  We are leading up to one of THE most exciting conclusions to this series that you can imagine!  “Mumm’s the word” for now – but check back often for a MAJOR announcement about a truly national Shakespearean legend …who will soon be coming direct to Des Moines on special behalf of The Iowa Shakespeare Experience! 


(See the “ISE Series” webpage sections for more information our on Legends series, and on our Sunday Afternoon With Friends Series of "Home is where the Art is".)



The ISE enjoys Board members and patrons who are among the most active and involved in the city.  The "Bard Bunch" enjoys one another's company, gladly welcomes new friends, and enjoys combining socail fun with working for a superb cultural and educational cause.  We offer many events that mix our mission with a dash of fun.

Recurring ISE parties to watch for:

The following annual or bi-annual and rotating events are still more great ISE experiences- great favorites of the ISE, the experience experts! Join our newsletter and membership lists so that we can keep you apprised!

  • Our “Each One Bring One” Friend-raisers take place at delightful homes as part of “Sunday Afternoon With Friends” series.  Come alone or come with a group - - these are “no ticket” events where we simply “pass the hat” after terrific entertainment bites, or after our Artistic Director’s annual pre-Festival Talk (where attendees enjoy sneak-preview excerpts and a dramaturgical mini-study from the upcoming season).


  •  “Moonlight Madness”; our annual Young Professional’s Bash and Cast Party, features Live music and DJs at the River – where you will experience the skyline as you never have before, dancing under-the-stars!


  • PEN-Ultimate Parties:  Our top-drawer, highest end events - - hosted by THE finest host and hostesses in the land! 

Also, watch for more in our gorgeous “Home is Where the Art Is” Series!

  • At our “Home is Where the Art Is” series, the Experience Experts invite you to experience Art the way Art was first experienced: in premiere private homes of the “Lords and Ladies” of the Land!  You won’t want to miss this great social series, in prestigious private homes across the Metro, where you will experience theatre up-close-and-personal as never, ever before.