South Dakota Shakespeare Festival to Present Macbeth in Vermillion

The 2015 South Dakota Shakespeare Festival will present William Shakespeare’s, “Macbeth," June 11–14, beginning at 7 p.m. each night in Prentis Park in Vermillion. All activities are open and free to the public.

The production will feature professional actors and actresses hired from competitive national and regional markets, theater faculty and younger specialists drawn from USD’s theater program. Along with the full length-production, SDSF will feature live music and food and beverage vendors in the park beginning at 6 p.m. each night. In addition, various workshops and educational training sessions for all ages will be offered throughout the four days of the event.

In conjunction with the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival production of the play, USD's College of Arts & Sciences will also host three Shakespeare scholars for a roundtable discussion of "Macbeth." That event will take place in the afternoon at Prentis Park before Sunday’s final performance. The scholars, Kevin Quarmby, Brett Gamboa and Darlene Farabee, will discuss previous enactments of “Macbeth" and particular acts to watch for in Sunday evening’s performance. The roundtable discussion will give audience members a chance to engage in the production and ask questions regarding the play’s history and identity.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival mission is to increase the cultural, artistic and educational offerings of the state of South Dakota and the Great Plains region. In doing so, the festival provides professional Shakespeare performances and arts education events. The performances are under the leadership of artistic director Chaya Gordon-Bland, executive director Greg Huckabee, production manager Scott Mollman and education director Tim Pyles.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News