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South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Presents Timeless and Timely Richard III

SDSF COPY The annual South Dakota Shakespeare Festival will take place June 7-10.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Faculty and students from the University of South Dakota will take the stage for a production of Richard III during the annual South Dakota Shakespeare Festival June 7-10.

In this gripping tale of political intrigue, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, entices us to join him on his treacherous climb to political power. It is the SDSF’s first history play.

The SDSF is a professional non-profit theatre company supported in collaboration with USD’s College of Fine Arts and Department of Theatre. In keeping with the SDSF’s mission of accessibility, all performances and programs are free and open to the public. “Free Will” donations are encouraged.

Performances take place at 7 p.m. June 7-9 and at 4 p.m. June 10, in Vermillion’s Prentis Park. In addition, one hour before each performance of this full-length Shakespeare production, the Festival will feature live music and vending of food and beverages in Prentis Park.

Arts workshops for youth (ages 8-18) are offered on Thursday, June 7. Advance registration for workshops is recommended through the Vermillion Public Library.

A special Scholars in Conversation event, hosted by USD’s College of Arts and Sciences, will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 in Prentis Park. Join Brett Gamboa (Dartmouth College) and Darlene Farabee (University of South Dakota) as they key you in on some of the secrets of this great play.

On Sunday June 10, following the 4 p.m. matinee performance, audiences are invited to stay for a discussion and talk-back with the SDSF artistic company.

SDSF also offers a robust array of outreach programming in the summer and throughout the year. This summer the SDSF is partnering with the Sanford Senior Care Center, Vermillion’s SESDAC, Flandreau Indian School, USD’s Upward Bound, and the Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center, offering special programming to engage a wider audience base with the benefits and joys of Shakespeare and live theatre.

For more information about Richard III, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, or to get involved, please visit:



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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News