Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) has another full weekend planned for Winonans and travelers alike. Highlights include a Front Porch event on Saturday, July 15, at 11 a.m. in the Winona State University Performing Arts Center. Kevin Kling is best known for his commentaries on National Public Radio. He delivers hilarious, often tender autobiographical stories about growing up in Minnesota. Tickets are $15 and available online at grsf.org, over the phone at 507-474-7900, or in person at the GRSF Box Office.
On Sunday, July 16, at 8 a.m. the fourth annual Will Run race will take place. Will Run begins at the Lake Park Lodge on Lake Winona. The race goes around the lake and ends by the band shell. It is 28 furlongs (3.6 miles). There are prizes for all age groups and even a “twin” contest. Participants can come dressed up with a twin (just like in “The Comedy of Errors”) for a chance to win a prize. Community members can register online at grsf.org/festival-events or stop into the Box Office at 79 East Third Street in downtown Winona to pick up a registration form. All registrants will get a Will Run hat and 20 percent off their tickets for “Richard III” on Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m.
Below is a complete list of Great River Shakespeare Festival events for the week:
• Wednesday, July 12:
2 p.m. — “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment”
• Thursday, July 13:
7:30 p.m. — “The Comedy of Errors” (Chill with Will)
Chill with Will nights are free for students ages 6-18. Call the Box Office to reserve a Chill with Will ticket. Students participating in Chill with Will arrive at the theater at 6:30, learn about the play, and then see the performance! Chaperones will need tickets.
9:30 p.m. — Company Conversation (immediately following the performance)
• Friday, July 14:
2 p.m. — “The Comedy of Errors”
5 p.m. — Concert on the Green, Mike Munson, Bud’s Brass Band*
7:30 p.m. — “Richard III”
• Saturday, July 15:
• 11 a.m. — Front Porch event, Kevin Kling
2 p.m. — “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment” (narrated set changeover)
2 p.m. — “An Iliad,” Tarah Flanagan
5 p.m. - Concert on the Green, Simone Perrin, Anonymous Choir*
7:30 p.m. — “The Comedy of Errors”
• Sunday, July 16:
8 a.m. — Will Run
11 a.m. — Company Conversation at Blooming Grounds Coffee House*
2 p.m. — “Richard III”
2 p.m. — “An Iliad,” Andrew Carlson
Coming up next week: GRSF’s intern/apprentice production of “Henry VI: The Rise of Richard” opens!
For tickets and more information, please contact the GRSF Box Office at 79 East Third Street, Winona, or call 507-474-7900. Patrons may purchase tickets to all GRSF performances over the phone, in person, or online at grsf.org.
Great River Shakespeare Festival is a nonprofit, professional equity theater company in Winona dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training. Its production season has become a staple in the Winona arts scene since its inception 14 years ago. GRSF’s 14th season features “The Comedy of Errors,” “ Richard III,” “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment — The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont” and “An Iliad.” For more information visit grsf.org.
*This is a free event.