Great River Shakespeare Festival


Exciting performances are just the beginning

Great River Shakespeare Festival from June 24 to July 31, 2016, is the premier place to experience Shakespeare’s stories as our own. GRSF enhances the play-going experience through musical performances, receptions, classes, workshops and programs for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

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Julius Caesar

A fast-moving thriller about the struggle for democracy, Julius Caesar explores power, loyalty, and tragic idealism through the friendship of great men. Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics is both epic and intimate, with powerful speeches in public squares and whispered conspiracies in back rooms and dark hallways. Born in the shadows, unlikely alliances set up a chain of events that brings down the great Caesar and thrusts Rome into a disastrous civil war. James Edmondson (King Lear, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing) directs this tale of political intrigue that resonates today.

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As You Like It

Shakespeare’s beloved comedy reveals the liberating power of love. As You Like It overthrows the traditional rules of romance, confuses gender roles, upends nature and politics and allows us to witness how bewildering and how utterly pleasurable life can be. Rosalind, one of  Shakespeare’s great women, joins a cast of brilliant comic characters lost in the delightful madness of the Forest of Arden. Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson directs this play, with original music by Jack Herrick.

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Georama

BOOK BY WEST HYLER AND MATT SCHATZ
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MATT SCHATZ
ADDITIONAL MUSIC AND LYRICS BY JACK HERRICK 

INSPIRED BY BANVARD’S FOLLY: THIRTEEN TALES OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T CHANGE THE WORLD

In the 1850’s John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him. John Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Today an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, “the most famous man you’ve never heard of,” the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history. The new musical Georama tells his story.

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