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Tue, May 21st, 2013
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The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) in Winona, Minnesota, will be holding several free community events leading up to the first professional company performance on June 26th.

The Festival will inaugurate the 2013 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest with a sonnet jamboree on

Wednesday, May 29th, 7 PM, at Mugby Junction Café at 451 Huff Street in Winona. Winona Poet Laureate Emilio DeGrazia will be on hand to explain sonnet forms, and past Poet Laureate Ken McCullough will offer suggestions about how to write sonnets. Members of the community will be invited to step forward to read their own work. Also available will be copies of the newly-printed anthology, “This Melody Weaves In And Out”, which features the winning sonnets from the first 5 years of the contest. The sonnet contest, now in its 6th year, is jointly sponsored by the Great River Shakespeare Festival and the family of Maria Faust.

GRSF is partnering with area libraries to offer free one-hour workshops that put this season’s professional company productions of Twelfth Night and King Henry V into historical context. The workshops also touch on the company’s approach to the pieces, and the process of producing Shakespeare’s works. Free ticket vouchers for performances and scripts of each play are available at each library’s circulation desk. The workshop schedule is as follows:

Rushford Public Library – Thursday May 23rd 6-7 PM

Winona Public Library – Tuesday May 28 6-7 PM

St. Charles Public Library – Monday June 3rd 6:30-7:30 PM

Hokah Public Library – Thursday June 20 7-8 PM

Lanesboro Public Library – Monday June 24 6-7 PM

Will Reads, a GRSF program led by area scholars, is structured to enhance understanding of the season’s plays. Each session is held at Mugby Junction Café at 451 Huff Street in Winona from 7-8:30 PM. Schedule is as follows:

King Henry V Wednesday June 5, led by Dr. Andrew Higl, Winona State University

Twelfth Night Wednesday June 12, led by Dr. John Kerr, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Macbeth Wednesday June 19, led by Mike Costello, English Department, Cotter High School

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional theatre company in Winona, MN. Dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, education and community outreach programs, and theatre training, GRSF has become an integral part of the Winona community. More information about the company can be found at or by calling the GRSF office at (507) 474-7900.

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