This summer, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is thrilled to present The Comedy of Errors, June 8 through11, in Vermillion’s beautiful Prentis Park.

In this early play, Shakespeare double-downs on comedy as he deals us not only one, but two sets of identical twins. As our hero and his side-kick travel to the town of Ephesus in search of their long-lost twins, they are mistaken along the way by citizens who seem to know them. As the two strangers become entangled in bad debts, troubled marriages, tawdry affairs, and even a visit from a witch-doctor, Shakespeare “ups the ante” with slap-stick, shtick, and plenty of verbal banter, serving up a true “comedy of errors!”

The production features an all-star artistic team of seasoned professionals hired from competitive national and regional markets, combined with younger professionals drawn from USD’s Theatre program.

Performances take place at 7p.m. June 8 through10, and 4 p.m. June 11, in Vermillion’s Prentis Park. In addition to the full-length Shakespeare production, the Festival will feature live music in Prentis Park, and vending of food and beverages, beginning one hour before each performance. Arts workshops for youth are offered on Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9. Advance registration for workshops is recommended through the Vermillion Parks and Recreation website: http://www.vermillionparksandrec.com/Youth_Programs.php

A special Scholars’ Roundtable Discussion, hosted by USD’s College of Arts and Sciences, will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday June 10 in Prentis Park. Round out your viewing experience of The Comedy of Errors by joining three world-class scholars and Shakespeare lovers – Bruce Brandt, Jillian Linster, and Darlene Farabee – as they key you in on some of the secrets of this great comedy.

On Sunday June 11, following the 4 p.m. 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 encouraged.

In addition to their mainstay programming, the SDSF offers a robust array of outreach programming in the summer and throughout the year. This summer the SDSF is partnering with the Sanford Senior Care Center, Vermillion’s SESDAC, Flandreau Indian School, and USD’s Upward Bound, offering special programming to engage a wider audience base with the benefits and joys of Shakespeare and live theatre.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is a professional non-profit theatre company, supported in collaboration with USD’s College of Fine Arts and Department of Theatre. 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 Chaya Gordon-Bland, managing artistic director, Scott Mollman, director of operations and production, and an active board of directors, 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, Sanford Vermillion, the University of South Dakota, the United Way of Vermillion, Current 94.3, and many local and regional businesses and 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.

For more information, please visit: www.sdshakespearefestival.org

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