Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth (with an all-female cast)

Shakespeare in Delaware Park is excited to reveal plans for its 35th season in 2010. Although the current schedule of performances is still underway, with Antony, Cassius and Brutus plotting Caesar’s demise every Tues – Sun through August 16th, the company’s Artistic Director, Saul Elkin, has announced that “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Macbeth” have been chosen to mark the special anniversary next summer.

“Our 35th season will be a time of both looking back and looking forward”, stated Dr. Elkin. In the past, productions made frequent use of contemporary music and choreography and modern settings. According to Dr. Elkin, next summer’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed in a 20th Century setting and employ a chorus of singers who, like a Greek chorus, will comment on the action.

As for “looking forward”, think gender bending. Shakespeare wrote principally for men with a few notable female exceptions. “In three decades of our festival, hundreds of excellent actresses auditioned for whom there were no roles. To honor the great pool of actresses in Western New York, we will present AN ALL FEMALE CAST for ‘Macbeth'”, Dr. Elkin said.

“Much Ado About Nothing” will run June 17th – July 11th 2010, and “Macbeth” plays from July 22nd to August 15th