Great River Shakespeare Festival

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    • June 22, 2018 - August 5, 2018

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  • Performances are at Winona State University's PERFORMING ARTS CENTER in Winona, MN, located on Johnson & West Howard Streets, east of Huff Street or west of Main Street.

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  • Additional Date Information: Plays are staged Tuesdays through Sundays during the six weeks of Season 14 of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, June 23 through July 30, 2017. Check out www.grsf.org for complete calendar.

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  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    450 Johnson St
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    More than one couple is “ill met by moonlight” in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays – one which has often been called “an almost perfect play”. While audiences may be familiar with the themes of star-crossed lovers, not all is as it seems. "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" transports audiences from the logical world of Athens into the forest, where fantastical adventures await. Follow Theseus, Hippolyta, Demetrius, Helena, Hermia, and Lysander into an enchanting place where the moon rules all, and more than a little magic can be found in the darkness.

    “Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream."

    The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional Equity theater company in Winona, MN, dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training.

  2. All's Well That Ends Well

    All's Well That Ends Well

    79 East Third Street--GRSF Offices
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    All’s Well That Ends Well explores how we can grow up under pressure. In this play, we find Helena, a poor orphan, in love with Bertram, the son of a count. When Helena saves the life of the King of France, he grants her permission to marry whomever she chooses, and she chooses Bertram. Unfortunately, Bertram thinks Helena is beneath him, and abruptly leaves her. What follows is a “problem play,” a story of forgiveness, grace, and learning to have humility as we mature which is as messy and beautiful as a life well lived.

  3. Front Porch Event: Keith Jones - Around the Globe

    79 East Third Street--GRSF Offices
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    Keith Jones discusses Shakespeare in films around the world.

  4. Front Porch Event: Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

    Front Porch Event: Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

    450 Johnson St
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    Front Porch Events offer opportunities to more deeply explore the themes and ideas that begin in the theater. Hear the winning sonnets read by GRSF acting company members.

  5. Front Porch Event: Tonia Sina - Intimacy Directing

    79 East Third Street--GRSF Offices
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    Tonia Sina discusses what intimacy directing is and why it is important for the theater - and what it can mean for our lives outside of the theater. Join GRSF for this fascinating and relevant discussion about creating safe spaces both on and off stage.

  6. Front Porch Event: Women in Theater Panel Discussion

    79 East Third Street--GRSF Offices
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    Join women from all across the performing arts (including some GRSF company members) for a discussion about women in the performing arts. We will have women who work on the technical side of the stage, actors, choreographers, directors and more to offer their perspectives and answer questions about working while female in the arts.

  7. Shakespeare In Love

    Shakespeare In Love

    79 East Third Street--GRSF Offices
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing - "Romeo and Juliet". With opening night - and the wedding day - fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?

    The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional Equity theater company in Winona, MN, dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training.

  8. The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice

    450 Johnson St
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    The Intern/Apprentice Company of Great River Shakespeare Festival is proud to present what is perhaps Shakespeare’s best “dramedy”, "The Merchant of Venice". "Merchant" throws the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy under the microscope; all the while creating one of the most memorable outsiders in theater with the character of Shylock. The modern and relevant themes could have been drawn from today’s headlines and will hold a mirror up to our own society and beliefs - a fresh perspective of an ancient ripple in love, mercy and justice.

    Great River Shakespeare Festival is a nonprofit, professional Equity theater company dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training.

  9. Venus in Fur

    Venus in Fur

    79 East Third Street--GRSF Offices
    Winona, MN 55987
    Call: (507) 474-7900

    Actress Vanda turns up out of the blue for an audition with Thomas, it’s clear she’s determined to land the leading role in his new play. But why? She seems totally unsuitable for the part. As Thomas is about to give up for the evening, it becomes apparent that Vanda actually knows every line by heart.

    When both of them become caught up in the characters they’re reading, Vanda takes charge. Playwright David Ives expertly offers the audience the opportunity to explore and analyze the power struggle within a variety of relationships. Contains very strong language and sensual content. Suitable for people aged over 16.

    The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional Equity theater company in Winona, MN, dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training.

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