Great River Shakespeare Festival Dan Norman


Great River Shakespeare Festival

June 27
Time Varies
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