VERMILLION — Chaya Gordon-Bland, assistant professor of movement and Shakespeare at the University of South Dakota, stood before a room full of USD theater supporters Friday night to both introduce “Romeo and Juliet” on its opening night and to announce the play title for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 season.

The 2015 production will take on “Macbeth.” It will be held at Vermillion’s Prentis Park June 11-14.

According to Gordon-Bland, the festival will be taking an exciting turn from their recent productions.

“After a rollicking ride of light comedies of ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Taming of the Shrew’ and upon receiving input from our audience face we’re excited to take on some darker matter this summer,” Gordon-Bland said.

Gordon-Bland said Macbeth is meant to explore the quest for power, the dangers of vaulting ambition, fate vs. free will and the frailty of the human condition.

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