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Great River Shakespeare Festival Dan Norman

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Great River Shakespeare Festival

June 27
Time Varies
$10-$49
Festivals, Theater

Every summer, the Great River Shakespeare Festival turns Winona’s bluff country into the setting for a selection of Shakespeare plays and contemporary selections curated around a common theme. This year’s topics, says artistic director Doug Scholz-Carlson, include forgiveness and reconciliation. The plays include Macbeth (“I guess our catchphrase is ‘bloody good fun’”), Cymbeline, a new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, Nilaja Sun’s No Child..., and a highly unusual show by a playwright who for years wasn’t allowed to leave Iran because he refused to do his obligatory military service. Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit is performed each time by a single actor who’s never read the script; the performer opens a sealed envelope, and everyone in the theater keeps the play’s contents a secret. “We have themes that connect the shows together,” says Scholz-Carlson, “but we’re really talking about what it is to be a human being.” Find tickets and more details at grsf.org.