Great River Shakespeare Festival 

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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"An essential part of summer in Minnesota" - Talkin' Broadway

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is your summer destination for great theatre under the bluffs in beautiful Winona MN. Our season features three main-stage shows, ice cream socials, talkbacks, events, and more. Bring your friends and make it a weekend! Plus enjoy all the food, art and outdoor adventure that Winona has to offer.

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare
“Good shepherd, tell this youth what ‘tis to love… ”

As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. In the forest, they encounter a variety of memorable characters, some who are there by choice, some by misfortune. All of them discover a personal truth which allows them to get on a path of happiness. In the end, tyrants find reconciliation (not cancellation) showing that communities are always interconnected and that a better story is possible than the one we may currently be experiencing.

IMBROGLIO by Melissa Maxwell
IM·BRO·GLIO /IMˈBRŌLYŌ/ (noun) an extremely confused or complicated situation

Imbroglio witnesses two couples, best friends, living next door to each other, trying to navigate friendship and marriage. However, when Herman finds himself in more trouble than he can handle, boundaries are crossed, and allegiances are formed. While some aid and abet, others ignore and deny. What are our obligations to others? How does one help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? Is it even possible to help someone who doesn’t know they need it?

THE WINTER'S TALE by William Shakespeare
“It is required you do awake your faith”

Leontes, King of Sicilia, is stuck in the false belief that his wife, Hermione, is unfaithful to him. Trusted advisors and friends cannot change him; evidence to the contrary does not move him. What are the consequences of getting stuck? And what does it take to find grace and restore community?


DuFresne Performing Arts Center (on the WSU Campus)
450 Johnson Street, Winona MN 55987

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