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2017 Reviews

(T)he production is spell binding. ….A muscular production that captures the audience throughout, from Richard’s opening lines, “Now is the winter of our discontent,” through his downfall on the battlefield, where he desperately cries “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! Central to this is a fantastic performance by Christopher Gerson in the…
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2018 Reviews

“…a theater festival is not just about seeing a play, it’s about the greater experience that a theater festival offers. A theater festival allows you to see a company of actors performing several different plays in rep, which doesn’t happen often anywhere else. So you get to see the same actor play several different parts…
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About the Artist

Season 17 Artwork was created by Winona tattooist Molly Lyn of Black Moth Tattoo. Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) recently released the artwork that will be used throughout the season for each plays. For many years, the festival has commissioned different artists to create new pieces that bring together some of the themes in the…
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Fidget Friendly Performance

Friday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. Join the cast of The Tempest for a special Chill with Will Fidget Friendly Performance on Friday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. Our aim with fidget friendly performances is to create a safe, supportive, and accepting environment for all – including young children*, people of any age who have…
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Box Office Policies and Guidelines

Thanks for joining us at GRSF! Please use the following information to acclimate yourself to the Winona State University DuFresne Performing Arts Center and with GRSF performance policies. Accessibility: If you need assistance getting into your seat or into the PAC, please contact the Box Office prior to the performance, or find an usher to…
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Front Porch Series August 1, 2020

August 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. GRSF Downtown Office – 121 E 3rd St, Winona Please join GRSF company members in the GRSF Downtown Box Office for a staged reading of a new play by a GRSF Company Member (TBA). This is a FREE event, but space is LIMITED, so please reserve a seat in…
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Front Porch Series July 25, 2020

July 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Vivian Fusillo Mainstage Theatre in the Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center on the campus of Winona State University Shakespearean Youth Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed by this young ensemble from the Twin Cities. Shakespearean Youth Theatre’s mission is to inspire, empower and challenge young people…
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Front Porch Series July 18, 2020

July 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theatre in the Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center on the campus of Winona State University The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest is an annual event that welcomes entries from around the world to our artistic community in SE Minnesota – Winona. The contest…
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Front Porch Series July 11, 2020

July 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center at Winona State University – Mainstage Theater Sherry Jo Ward is an actor, writer, instructor, and professional theatre administrator. She was diagnosed in 2015 with a rare neuromuscular disease called Stiff Person Syndrome. Instead of giving up on her career in theatre, she…
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Front Porch Series July 4, 2020

July 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. GRSF Downtown Office – 121 E 3rd St, Winona, MN 55987 Please join GRSF company members in the GRSF Downtown Box Office for a staged reading of a new play by Gale Childs Daly, playwright of Great Expectations, which is playing on the mainstage as part of GRSF Season 17.…
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