Shakespeare in Delaware Park is pleased to announce its 35th anniversary season of free, professional outdoor theater. The summer’s exciting season will open June 17th with one of Shakespeare’s most delightful romantic comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Saul Elkin, this production will be set in the 1940’s after World War II and include popular romantic music of the era sung by a chorus of singers with on-stage accompaniment. John Fredo and Lisa Ludwig take on the roles of Benedict and Beatrice along with local favorites Norm Sham, Tim Newell and Tom Loughlin. After the fun romp of Much Ado, SDP will venture down a path of relentless murder, self delusion and guilt, as an all female cast presents the retelling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth. Opening July 22nd, Eileen Dugan directs this all-star ensemble, including two actresses returning to their home town to appear on the Delaware Park stage. Kate Konigisor and Josie DiVincenzo, playing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, will be joined by the talents of Katie White, Lisa Vitrano and Pam Mangus.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park reaches over 40,000 audience members each season and is proud to be celebrating 35 amazing years of high-quality professional theatre that remains FREE to the public. Much Ado About Nothing runs June 17th – July 11th with Macbeth on stage July 22nd –August 15th. Performances are held every evening (except Mondays) at 7:30 p.m. (no performances June 18th and July 4th). Shows take place on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, next to Hoyt Lake behind the Rose Garden, off Lincoln Parkway near the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Further information may be obtained at www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org or by calling (716) 856-4533.

2010 Season Sponsors include M&T Bank, Erie County, New York State Council on the Arts, WGRZ Channel 2, The Buffalo News, Rich Renaissance Catering, Brodo, WBFO and CPI. Additional funding comes from members, donors and audience donations.