Despite his popularity, Shakespeare can be a hard sell to the non-theatergoing crowd. It's hard to understand the problem; the man never met a filthy joke he couldn't work into a play. He's the guy who coined the phrase "the beast with two backs," after all. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis hopes to introduce the joys of the Bard to a larger crowd through Shake 38, its annual spring festival. The plan is to produce all 38 of Shakespeare's plays in non-traditional locations across five days so that people who don't frequent the theater will engage with them. This year's fest includes a reading of Henry V by a Zumba class instructor, a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Book House and an adults-only take on The Winter's Tale called "Lost: Pursued by Bear" presented by St. Louis Fringe and Lonely Mountain String Band at the William A. Kerr Foundation. Shake 38 officially kicks off with a party at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Barnett on Washington (3207 Washington Avenue; www.sfstl.com). Admission is free.
Price: free admission