The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) will mark its second decade in the summer of 2014 with what is widely considered Shakespeare’s most revered and tragic play, “Hamlet.”
Paul Barnes, who stepped down as artistic director July 1, will return for the 2014 season to direct “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” the comedic selection for the GRSF season. “Doing it well requires a company of skilled comedic actors and a director with passion for the piece. We have both,” said Doug Scholz-Carlson, artistic director.
Barnes helped create the company that could articulate Shakespeare’s sometimes difficult text clearly and present the plays in their full complexity, Scholz-Carlson explained. “Ten years ago, it was a long shot; today it is a reality,” Scholz-Carlson added.
“Few new companies survive even three years; to reach 10 is a rare gift. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors, the loyalty of our patrons, and the passion of our artists. [Above all] we celebrate the vision of Paul Barnes who has led this company for 10 years,” Scholz-Carlson said.
Donate any amount of money to GRSF in 2013 and you’ll have the chance to be the first to get tickets for 2014. Donations can be made at http://grsf.org/contribute.
For tickets to this seasons’ performances of "Twelfth Night" or "Henry V," visit grsf.org, call 507-474-7900, or visit the box office at 79 East Third Street in downtown Winona.