Great River Guys

Photos_-_Dropbox-3Great River Guys is the weekly column by Managing Director Lee Gundersheimer and Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson.

Lee: Welcome to the Great River Guys blog.

Doug: Can you welcome people to a blog?

Lee: I just did. Our readers will just have to imagine we’re talking.

Doug: You mean this blog is written to be heard out loud? Like dialogue in a play?

Lee: That’s the idea.

Doug: Won’t that be confusing? I mean, when we speak out loud, we use language in a very different way than when we write. Look at that last response of mine – the second sentence isn’t even a sentence. “Like a play?” Where’s the verb?

Lee: Well, had you spoken it out loud, it would have been perfectly understandable.

Doug: Granted, but it’s hard to read off the page.

Lee: Yeah, just like a play by Shakespeare.

Doug: I see where you’re going with this. Maybe we should introduce ourselves and then we can continue.

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The Gift that Always Gives

The Gift that Always Gives

Doug: We think of this Shakespeare Festival as a gift, one that our community gives us by supporting, and one we give to our community by providing the most thrilling theater and festival events around. Lee: We think of GRSF as the gift that also gives! Doug: The first two weeks have been a resounding…

R&G Interview

R&G Interview

DOUG: With the opening of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead coming this Saturday (be sure to get your tickets and your WOW button for the after party!), we thought it would be cool to have a conversation with someone integral in that production rather than our usual playful banter! LEE: This week we spoke with Lydia Munroe,…

Great River Guys: WOW-Dancing in the Streets!

Great River Guys: WOW-Dancing in the Streets!

Lee: Hey Doug wasn’t that Steamboat Days fun? Doug: Yes, quite a spirited week- great music, fun food, classic cars- Lee: And then there was the Historical Society’s Chocolate, Champagne, and Shakespeare event to support the Winona History Center. Doug: Very elegant and very fattening- Lee: Everyone’s calendars are filling up and the summer is…

Great River Guys: Hug Your Shakespeare Day…

Great River Guys: Hug Your Shakespeare Day…

Lee: I was in Acoustic Cafe today Doug and they are even happier and friendlier than usual. Doug: Really? Lee: And then I went over to Goltz’s Pharmacy and they told me that it feels like the Christmas Eve. Doug: Is something happening in Winona that I should know about? Lee: And Nostallja Studio reported a…

Great River Guys: Spread the Word

Lee: Hey Doug, I was in the Hy Vee the other day and heard such and such about so and so. Doug: Okay… Lee: And then, when I was at the bakery, I heard that you know who might be you know what. Doug: Was this a particularly bad winter for you Lee? Are you…

Great River Guys: Spring Preview

Great River Guys: Spring Preview

Doug: “Welcome hither, As is the spring to the earth.” Lee: Are you singing again Doug? Doug: That is from the Winter’s Tale. Lee: I don’t think winter is a popular subject right now- Doug: Exactly so I am singing about Spring. Lee: Good hopefully it will come. Doug: From you I have been absent…

Great River Guys: Great River Goes to School

Great River Guys: Great River Goes to School

Doug: This week, we’ve give the Great River Guys column over to the teachers of our residency, GRSF Company members Brian White and Stephanie Lambourn. Take it away, guys. Brian White: This Friday is the culmination of the three-week Shakespeare in the Schools Residency at Winona and Cotter High Schools. GRSF company members Stephanie Lambourn…

Great River Guys: Shakespeare in the Schools

Great River Guys: Shakespeare in the Schools

Doug: For the past four years, actors from the Great River Shakespeare Festival Company have come to Winona in the middle of winter to teach at Winona High School. Valerie Williams, who runs the theater program at the high school, inspired the Residency with support from Laurie Lucas and the Laird Norton Family Foundation, and…

Great River Guys: Life Long Learning

“My life and education both do learn me…” -Othello There is a very cool thing happening in the back room of the senior center in Winona each week, and I mean that place literally. I think it is called the Back Room, or Back Lounge or something like that. Tucked away in the dark recesses…

Great River Guys: Explore Minnesota Conference

So this week’s Great River Guys is coming to you from the statewide annual Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference in Duluth where many interesting facts surfaced, and we at Great River Shakespeare Festival thought everyone in Winona would want to know. First, Mayor Don Ness of Duluth, who welcomed the convention, was enthusiastic about Winona, and…

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