VERMILLION — In May, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) invites you to join in a week-long celebration of Shakespeare and the arts, including live performances of Shakespeare’s work; early modern music; a Shakespeare film screening; workshops for youth; and a wide array of community outreach events. These events will take place the week of May 17-24. All programs are “Free Will” donation.   

SDSF will offer several performances:

• “Shakespeare Unplugged” is an evening of Shakespeare songs, scenes and sonnets to be performed at a local Vermillion destination.

• “All for Will and Will for All” is a daytime, family-friendly performance of Shakespeare’s work, suitable for all ages.

• With Shakespeare on Film, SDSF will screen a Shakespearean movie.

• Finally, “Play On!” will feature live Elizabethan music by The Queen’s Pleasure.

SDSF also continues its work providing educational and outreach opportunities to a wide range of populations. This will include a full day of theatre arts workshops for youth open to the public as well as outreach performances and workshops with SDSF’s collaborative partners, including SESDAC, Sanford Care Center, the Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center and Upward Bound.

SDSF will also offer some new community offerings this year, including an evening of Shakespeare-themed trivia at the Dakota Brick House and Shakespeare-themed menus at local restaurants and pubs.

In addition to this summer programming, SDSF will hold its eighth annual fundraiser, “Wine with Will,” on Friday, Feb. 28, at the John A. Day Gallery on the University of South Dakota campus from 7-9 p.m. “Wine with Will” is a fun way to support local art. The event includes wine tasting and hors d’oeuvre pairing, music presented by the Queen’s Pleasure, and a silent auction.

This year, Wine with Will occurs in conjunction with the new exhibit “Ms.: Assembled Reformation.” Cindy Struckman-Johnson, USD Professor of Psychology, offered her collection of over 100 Ms. magazines and magazine covers from the 1970s-1980s to be created into a series of art works made by USD students, alumni and faculty.

Semi-formal attire suggested. To reserve tickets or to get further information about the fundraiser, email

To get more information about the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s activities for 2020, including dates, times, locations and details, be sure to visit or check SDSF out on Facebook.

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