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Front Porch Events

Season 16 Front Porch events.

Join us Saturday mornings during the festival to hear from scholars, theater professionals, and community members about the places where art & life intersect.

All Front Porch Events will take place in the WSU Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theater
Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. | Frozen River Film Festival

Frozen River Film Festival and GRSF present selected films

Price: Pay-What-You-WILL, no ticket required

Saturday, July 6 at 11:00 a.m. | Nationalism & Reconciliation Panel

Shakespeare’s Cymbeline explores themes of nationalism and reconciliation as Britain separates from Rome and faces what to do with the defeated Roman army. Today, we face many of these same issues globally and locally. How do we reconcile with former enemies? This panel discussion, moderated by Andrew Carlson (long-time GRSF company member and professor of theater at the University of Texas, Austin), will feature Sylvie Bisangwa, a resettlement officer of the United Nations Refugee Agency and a native of Rwanda discussing reconciliation in the 25 years since the Rwandan genocide, David Speetzen, the director of Conflict Studies program at Winona State University, and Lee Carlson, a Vietnam veteran who has done work with the D.O.V.E. Fund building schools in Vietnam. Tickets are available at the door on a pay-what-you-will basis.

Price: Pay-What-You-WILL, no ticket required.

Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. | Feast of Crispian

Feast of Crispian is a non-profit organization from Milwaukee bringing together professional actors with post-deployment service veterans in order to teach and strengthen emotional resources veterans need to process trauma and address reintegration issues.

Price: Pay-What-You-WILL, no ticket required.

Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m. | Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

The Sonnet Contest will present the winners. Learn more about the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest here.

Price: FREE, no ticket required.

Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. | Shakespearean Youth Theatre and GRSF

Shakespearean Youth Theatre’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be performed by this young ensemble from the Twin Cities. Shakespearean Youth Theatre’s mission is to inspire, empower and challenge young people to engage with great works and create groundbreaking art. The ensemble will be in Winona to train with GRSF teaching artists and will present their work alongside GRSF’s youth ensembles. This Front Porch event will also feature the screening of the Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers’ final project.

Price: $5 adults & students, reserve tickets here.

Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m. | Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender

Lisa Wolpe is an expert on gender-flipping Shakespeare as well as an actress, director, teacher, writer, traveler, and distinguished scholar. Her one-woman show explored her experiences as an activist for inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and promoting women’s rights and racial equality.

Price: $10 adults, $5 students, reserve tickets here.

Will Run

“I go, I go – swifter than the arrow from the Tartar’s bow!” -Puck, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Will Run!

Overall times

Carter Briggs – 18:50

Cody Peterson – 19:47

Sean Gotz – 23:17

Lucas Stangl – 23:28

Steve Briggs – 23:52

Tedd Morgan – 25:03

Katie Plecko – 25:32

Zachary Velcoff – 26:19

Hannah Siegher – 26:29

Victoria Velikanova – 27:16

Carla Swerman – 27:31

David Reike – 28:45

Alan Dunbar – 29:01

Renee Krause – 29:47

Karri Plecko – 29:59

Ann-Marie Dunbar – 30:39

Sheryl Stockhausen – 30:41

Ashley Afman – 30:48

Gracie Belt – 31:05

Doug Scholz-Carlson – 31:06

Jenel Briggs – 32:06

Tracy Morgan – 32:07

Ruth Forsythe – 32:22

Seth Osta – 32:39

Liam Carlson – 32:43

Benjamin Boucvalt – 32:44

Brian Singer-Towns – 33:41

Tarah Flanagan – 34:12

Christopher Gerson – 34:14

Barb Nagel – 34:30

Luke Merchlewitz – 34:36

Anne Femister – 35:14

Ian Osta – 36:13

Amanda Osta – 36:19

Andrew Woychik – 36:59

Kristin Mull – 37:18

Tammy Kronebusch – 38:59

William Sturdivant – 39:06

Grant Borkowski – 39:51

Lyda Carlson – 40:22

Emma Bucknam – 40:23

Kate Carlson – 40:24

Justin Dienger – 40:28

Karen Arnold – 40:33

Aimee Siegler – 40:48

Cheri Peterson – 40:50

Beth Gardiner – 40:53

Michelle Cochran – 42:46

Mary Jo Kroska – 42:56

Eric Bartleson – 43:04

Samira Al-Balawi – 44:32

Phil Sylwestrek – 44:33

Amy Torbenson – 44:41

Hannah Young – 46:11

Mike Martin – 46:37

Paula Ziegler – 49:42

Ron Scroeder – 51:44

Myra Skare – 51:45

Colin Stiemke – 54:11

Colleen Remlinger – 55:14

Brenda Merchlewitz – 55:41

Bert Mohs – 1:00:00

Erin Schendel – 1:02:00

Jad Al-Balawi – 1:02:00

Winners by age group (Women)

14 and under: Lyda Carlson

15-19: Hannah Siegler, Emma Bucknam

20-29: Gracie Belt, Samira Al-Balawi

30-39: Ashley Afman, Kristin Mull

40-49: Victoria Velikanova, Karrie Plecko

50-59: Carla Swerman, Renee Krause

60-69: Ruth Forsythe, Michelle Cochran

70 and up: Barb Nagel, Anne Femister

Winners by age group (Men)

14 and under: Seth Osta, Liam Carlson

15-19: Cody Peterson

20-29: Zarchary Velcoff, Andrew Woychik

30-39: Sean Gotz, Benjamin Boucvalt

40-49: Lucas Stangl, Steve Briggs

50-59: Tedd Morgan, David Reinke

60-69: Brian Singer-Towns, Mike Martin

70 and up: Eric Bartleson, Ron Schoeder

Pre-Show Conversations

Company Conversations

Narrated Set Changeovers

Tree & Garden Tours

30 minutes before each performance, GRSF teaching artists present an entertaining introduction to the world of the play, the characters, and Shakespeare’s language. Located outside on Performing Arts Center patio, moves indoors in case of inclement weather.

Join GRSF Company members every Thursday evening in the theater following the performance and every Sunday at 11am at Blooming Grounds on Third Street. Ask questions and find out their answers about the plays, what it’s like to work in the theater, and more!

Observe the GRSF Tech Crew as they transfrom the stage between the plays. Hosted by GRSF Technical staff, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the stage shift from one play to the next, and have all your technical theater questions answered.

Saturday, July 6th: Fruit and Nut Tree Tour

9:00-10:30 a.m.

                                    Meet at the WSU Gazebo

The Fruit and Nut Tree Tour of the Arboretum at WSU will feature some of the apple, cherry, chokecherry, crabapples, plums, oaks, buckeye, hickories, horse chestnuts, and walnut trees.   How big do the trees get at maturity? How fast do they grow? What are some of the advantages and drawbacks of having these trees in your yard? How much work will they be?

Saturday, July 20th: Gardens of Purpose Tour

                                    9:00-10:30 a.m.

                                    Meet at the WSU Gazebo

The Gardens of Purpose Tour will focus on the reasons for specific gardens in the Arboretum at WSU.  Are you looking for a place that features specific plants? Do you want a place to sit quietly and contemplate?  Is there some kind of historical purpose in your planting? Does the garden provide a physical benefit to your grounds or critters in your area?  Is there an educational reason for the garden? These are questions, among others, that will be answered as you visit different gardens.


Tours will last about an hour and a half and will begin at 9 a.m. at the Gazebo in the center of campus.  Come with questions-leave with answers for your own landscape. Stretch your legs before the Front Porch Events and discover the beautiful Arboretum at Winona State University.  In case of rain, we will meet at the Gazebo and move to an indoor site for a virtual tour.

Join GRSF Directors, Designers, and Artists for the 2019 Design Expo!

It’s the time of year where the GRSF artistic staff (directors, designers, and craftspeople) meet in Winona to discuss the design elements for the upcoming season. We will be holding a public expo where community members can get a look at early design drawings and set renderings, ask questions, and learn about the artistic process. This is a great opportunity to hear and interact with the directors and designers about the vision for the season. You will also hear casting announcements before they are announced to the general public.

The event takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17th at the Winona County History Center. Light refreshments will be available.

Do you have creative young people in your family? Bring them along! We will be talking about our youth program, Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers, as well as our other summer programs. This is a great opportunity for artistic young folks to get up close and personal with the “pros”!

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