Renaissance play performances in the region take up contemporary themes

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is currently putting on productions at Winona State University.

This year they are performing the Shakespeare penned plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream and All’s Well That Ends Well. You can also see plays there that Shakespeare didn’t write, including an on-stage adaptation of the movie Shakespeare in Love.

Great River Shakespeare Festival artistic director Doug Scholz-Carlson is in charge of selecting each season’s plays, and he does it with a certain theme in mind every year.

“This year, to a large extent, we are about gender dynamics. I mean, we’re talking about love and how people fall in love and how we’re going to relate to each other in an era of ‘me too’ — in an era of lots of change in our society,” said Scholz-Carlson.

Families should keep in mind that one of this season’s plays, Venus in Fur, is intended for mature audiences.

The festival also has outdoor concerts to enjoy.

For more information on the festival you can visit