Pictured are Cody Floyd (in the grey sweatshirt) as Othello and Chingwe Padraig Sullivan (in the shirt and vest) as Iago.

Not only will this year’s South Dakota Shakespeare Festival feature something to please everyone -- from music and children’s classes to vendors and academic talks -- it’s also offering a very unique production this year: an imaginative presentation of Othello through an indigenous lens.

The SDSF takes place next week, June 16-19, in Vermillion’s Prentis Park. This year, the four-day festival is dedicated in honor and gratitude to the life and work of Vermillion resident Mary Merrigan, who passed away last October after a battle with brain cancer. Merrigan, a longtime fixture at Sanford Health and a huge community activist, made immeasurable contributions to many community projects and initiatives in Vermillion and was a staunch supporter of the SDSF.

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