The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is proud to present Shakespeare’s late Romance, The Winter’s Tale, in Vermillion’s Prentis Park, June 9th-11th at 7pm, and June 12th at 4pm.

Now in their fifth season, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival invites audiences to take a break from the summer heat and travel to the far off lands of Sicilia and Bohemia, to a time long gone by. Here you will encounter a magical world where Time heals all wounds, and even the gravest of errors is not beyond redemption. The Winter’s Tale, a late Shakespeare play, combines elements of classical tragedy, pastoral comedy, and giddy romance, and is sure to transport and delight as it celebrates the folly, resilience and redemptive nature of the human spirit! The production features an all-star company of seasoned professionals hired from competitive national and regional markets, USD theatre faculty, and younger professionals drawn from USD’s Theatre program.

In addition to the full-length Shakespeare production, the SDSF will feature live music in Prentis Park, along with vending of food and beverages, beginning one hour before each performance. Workshops and educational programming for all ages will be offered throughout the four days of the Festival. Advance registration for workshops is recommended through the Vermillion Parks and Recreation website:

A special Scholars’ Roundtable Discussion, hosted by USD’s College of Arts and Sciences, will take place at 3pm on Saturday June 11th in Prentis Park. Join world-class Shakespeare scholars as they lead a discussion on past productions of The Winter’s Tale, the choices made in this production, and enduring questions of what makes The Winter’s Tale so special. On Sunday June 12th, following the matinee performance, audiences are invited to stay for a discussion and talk-back with the SDSF artistic company. In keeping with the SDSF’s mission of accessibility, all performances and programs are free and open to the public. “Free Will” donations are welcomed.

In addition to their mainstay programming, the SDSF offers a robust array of outreach programming. This summer the SDSF is partnering with the Sanford Senior Care Center, Vermillion’s SESDAC, and the Minnehaha Youth Detention Center to offer special programming for these communities, in order to include and engage a wider audience base with the benefits and joys of Shakespeare and live theatre.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is a professional non-profit theatre company, and a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). The SDSF is supported in collaboration with USD’s College of Fine Arts and Department of Theatre, and produced by Coyoteopoly, a USD-student run corporation and interdisciplinary service-learning project that reinforces classroom learning while providing derivative benefits to the community.

The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to increase the cultural, artistic and educational offerings of the state of South Dakota and surrounding regions through professional Shakespeare performances and arts education events delivered in a lively and accessible format. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chaya Gordon-Bland, Executive Director Greg Huckabee, and Production Manager Scott Mollman, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival seeks to fulfill an important cultural and educational need throughout the state and Great Plains Region.

Support for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is provided by the City of Vermillion, the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company, Vermillion Rotary, Sanford Vermillion, United Way of Vermillion, the Vermillion Area Community Foundation, the University of South Dakota, and many local and regional businesses and individual patrons. South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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