Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears
This nationally recognized festival, which draws audiences from across the Midwest and acclaimed actors from across the country, fills each Winona summer with a full slate of world-class entertainment. With plays, music, speakers and celebration events, the Great River Shakespeare Festival is the cornerstone of Winona’s reputation as an unmatched destination for cultural events.
The Great River Shakespeare Festival produces thoughtful, articulate, engaging productions of Shakespeare’s plays, and contributes substantially to the cultural, social, and economic life of Winona, the Midwest, and the United States.
At GRSF, we strive to enhance the play going experience through classes, workshops, and programs for learners of all ages and backgrounds.
We have workshops for middle and high school students, programs for life long learners, collegia, lectures, discussion groups and collaborative programs as well as podcasts, the Sonnet Contest, internships and apprenticeships for young theater professionals and much more.
To learn more, visit the “Education” page on the GRSF website.
June 18-July 31, 2022
Directed by internationally renowned theater artist Lisa Wolpe (Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender, 2019 Front Porch series), Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy is gender-reversed and set in a music-filled saloon in the American West. Follow Kat and Petruchia through this joyous romp as they face off at high noon and gamble on an explosive high-stakes marriage at gunpoint.
THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III
BY CARLYLE BROWN
In 1821, forty years before Lincoln ended slavery, the first Black theatrical group in the country, the African Company of New York, is presenting Richard III to which both Black and White audiences are flocking. Meanwhile, uptown theatre impresario, Stephen Price, has hired a famous English actor to perform the very same play at Price’s theatre. Fearing he’ll be unable to deliver the promised crowds, Price sets about shutting down the competition. Festival favorite Corey Allen (GRSF’s King Lear, Henry V) returns to direct this true and uniquely American story.