VERMILLION — The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) presents Shakespeare’s thrilling tragedy, “Macbeth,” in Vermillion’s Prentis Park, June 11-14. Showtimes are at 7 p.m.

With their production of “Macbeth,” the SDSF plans to thrill and chill its audience, in a play that explores the quest for power, the dangers of vaulting ambition, fate vs. free will and the frailty of the human condition.

The production features an all-star company of seasoned professionals hired from competitive national and regional markets, USD theatre faculty, and younger professionals drawn from USD’s Theatre program.

In addition to the full-length Shakespeare production, the SDSF will feature live music in Prentis Park, along with vending of food and beverages, beginning at 6 p.m. each evening. Workshops and educational programming for all ages will be offered throughout the four days of the Festival. Advance registration for workshops is recommended through the Vermillion Parks and Recreation website:

A special Scholars’ Roundtable Discussion, hosted by USD’s College of Arts and Sciences and Department of English, will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, in Prentis Park. Join national and international Shakespeare scholars as they lead a discussion on past productions of Macbeth, the choices made in this production, and enduring questions of what makes Macbeth so special. In keeping with the SDSF’s mission of accessibility, all programs are free and open to the public. “Free Will” donations are welcomed.

In advance of the Festival, the SDSF will be performing special preview performances of “Macbeth” for the Senior Care Center at Sanford Vermillion and at SESDAC, in order to expand their reach to a broader demographic and share the wonders and joys of Shakespeare and live theatre with a wider audience base.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is a professional non-profit theatre company, and a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). The SDSF is supported in collaboration with USD’s College of Fine Arts and Department of Theatre, and produced by Coyoteopoly, a USD-student run corporation and interdisciplinary service-learning project that reinforces classroom learning while providing derivative benefits to the community.

The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to increase the cultural, artistic and educational offerings of the state of South Dakota and surrounding regions through professional Shakespeare performances and arts education events delivered in a lively and accessible format. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chaya Gordon-Bland, Executive Director Greg Huckabee, Production Manager Scott Mollman and Education Director Tim Pyles, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival seeks to fulfill an important cultural and educational need throughout the state and Great Plains Region.

Support for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is provided by the City of Vermillion, the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company, Vermillion Rotary, Sanford Vermillion, the Dakota Hospital Foundation, the Vermillion Area Community Foundation, the University of South Dakota and many local and regional businesses and individual patrons. South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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