Festival Events

Front Porch Series

Join us Saturday mornings during the festival to hear from scholars, theater professionals, and community members about the places where art & life intersect. Front Porch events are hosted at either the GRSF Downtown Office or at the Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center at Winona State University. Click on each title to learn more about the event and reserve tickets where applicable.

JULY 4: Staged Reading of a New Play by Gale Childs Daly

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July 11: STIFF by Sherry Jo Ward

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JULY 18: Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

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JULY 25: Shakespearean Youth Theatre presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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AUGUST 1: Staged Reading of a New Play

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Free Festival Extras

Great River Shakespeare Festival is more than just great plays. We exist to form a community that discusses ideas and celebrates all art forms. So, come early and join the conversation.

COMPANY CONVERSATIONS

Join company members every Sunday morning during the festival at Blooming Grounds Coffee House for guided conversations about a variety of topics.

Company Conversations are sponsored by Greg & Terri Evans

POST-SHOW TALKBACKS

Stick around after the show on Thursday nights for a talkback hosted by our resident dramaturg – we’ll discuss themes of the play your just saw and you can ask the actors questions.

NARRATED SET CHANGEOVERS

Every Saturday after the matinee performance, you can move up to the front rows in the mainstage theater to get a glimpse at how we change from one set to another.

PRE-SHOW CONVERSATIONS

Get to the theater about 30 minutes before the show to learn more about the world of the play. Our Assistant Directors will give you the inside scoop as well as a helpful handout before you see the show.

Pre-Show Conversations are sponsored by Stephen Carmichael & Susan Stoddard 
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TREE & GARDEN TOURS – JULY 4 @ 9am

Celebrate the Fourth of July learning about and seeing first-hand the diversity of trees at the Arboretum at Winona State University. Our country is made of indigenous people plus diverse peoples from all over the world just like the mixture of trees at WSU
representing native trees as well as those from other areas of the world. Why is diversity important in planting trees? How does one decide what and where to plant given the changes we are experiencing in the weather and long-term in the climate? Come to learn how to make your property plantings more diverse and long-lasting.

Tours begin at the Gazebo in the center of the WSU campus. 

TREE & GARDEN TOURS – JULY 18 @ 9am

Think of the colorful fireworks of the Fourth of July as you visit our gardens which have lots of diversity from native plants to cultivars from faraway places. You will experience bursts of color and scents from our many different plants. Some gardens are devoted to
local native plants which are very important to pollinators and others feature more cultivars from other areas. As you visit the gardens, look for pollinators to see which plants they visit most often. You’ll want to be sure to include some of these in your own gardens.

Will Run

The Festival’s annual 5K is a chance to see how you go – swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow! This race around beautiful lake Winona is a great reason to get out early on a gorgeous summer Sunday morning and see if you can beat your favorite actor or technician. All participants will receive a discount code for any play throughout the Festival as well as a chance to win some GRSF prizes for each age/gender category.

More information about the 2020 Will Run will be posted soon.

Will Run is sponsored by