Set Up Shakespeare Festival

Preparations were under way this week for the annual South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, which is being held this weekend at Prentis Park. Shown are Michael Haas (left), properties designer and painter; and Jill Clark (right), the scenic designer and painter.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is taking place this Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8, in Vermillion’s Prentis Park.

Shakespeare performances and arts education events will take place throughout the weekend at the SDSF, and all events are free to the public.

The production this year is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which will be directed by Madeline Sayet (Mohegan Tribe).

Sayet is an acclaimed director who has received many honors, such as The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama, Forbes 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, and several fellows like the TED Fellow. She has also had her work admired by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

The play will be performed in the park this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. The last showing will be on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The public is welcome to bring chairs or a blanket to view the comedy in a live, outdoor theatre. Food and beverages are available from vendors starting one hour before each performance.

On Thursday, SDSF Theatre Workshops for Youth took place at the Vermillion Public Library.

On Saturday, there will be a Shakespeare Scholars in Conversation at 3 p.m. in Prentis Park. The scholars, Travis Williams (University of Rhode Island) and Darlene Farabee (University of South Dakota) will share interesting elements about “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

At 6 p.m. on Sunday, an Audience Talk Back will also take place. The public will be able to have a Question & Answer session with this year’s cast and crew, made up of local and national actors both new and experienced with the SDSF.

Additional information about the SDSF can be found at


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