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Local actors celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday


Cast and crew members of Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrated the writer’s 450th birthday Wednesday. The group read excerpts of the William Shakespeare’s sonnets, monologues and plays all day in honor of his legacy.

Lisa Ludwig with SDP (L), Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (M); Tracy Snyder with SDP (M); Saul Elkin with SDP (R).
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News


Managing Director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park Lisa Ludwig says their mission is to keep Shakespeare’s works alive for years to come.

“People are really daunted by reading Shakespeare, but the thing about Shakespeare is, it’s meant to be seen and heard. I think that’s my passion about Shakespeare in Delaware Park is people of all demographics can come and see it for free. It’s sometimes their first experience to go, ‘Oh now I get it’. I think there’s something for everyone in each one and I think it’s important for everyone to see Shakespeare and not be daunted by reading the text,” said Ludwig.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park founder Saul Elkin says in order for people capture the essence of Shakespeare’s work, they have to see it performed.

“The plays have survived for 450 years. They speak to us every bit as clearly as they spoke to his audience all those years ago,” Elkin said. “The evidence is that when you go to the park and see the plays we perform there, frequently there and children and young people, people who have had no experience with Shakespeare, who understand fully what is going on.”

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, along with other local lawmakers and leaders, stopped by the celebration to read a passage written by Shakespeare. Poloncarz says the themes in Shakespeare’s works are still relevant today.


Actor with Shakespeare in Delaware Park reading an excerpts from William Shakespeare’s works.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News


“Maybe we’re not dealing with kings and queens, but we do deal with love, loss, and we deal with power grabs by politicians and alike. So, the things that happened in Shakespeare times aren’t really different from where we are today. We may be a lot more technologically advanced, but we still have the same issues. I think it’s important for young people to see that and to learn from it, that what you can read from Shakespeare you can learn a lot about human nature and what’s right and what’s wrong,” said Poloncarz.

Poloncarz says it’s crucial to continue to support Shakespeare in Delaware Park. He says he believes the free theatrical productions are one of the county’s greatest assets.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park reaches over 40,000 people each season. The line-up for its 39th season of free shows was also announced during the event. Henry V will begin running on June 19- July 13 and The Comedy of Errors will be on stage starting on July 23-August 16.

Actors read Shakespeare for 12 hours to mark his 450th birthday

By News 4Digital Staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County celebrated William Shakespeare’s birthday at the Market Arcade on Wednesday.

The great bard would have been 450 years old. Local actors from Shakespeare in Delaware Park honored his work by performing readings of his plays for 12 hours.

Lisa Ludwig, director, said, “Shakespeare is meant to be seen and heard and that’s one of the things we at Shakespeare in Delaware Park park pride ourselves on after 39 years. So what better way today we started at 8 this morning until 8 tonight just reading from 37 plays and 154 sonnets.”

Buffalo is home to the second largest ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ festival in the country. Shakespeare in Delaware Park opens its new season of free performances behind the Rose Garden on June 19th with Henry V.

Shakespeare coined several phrases that entered societal lexicon, including “with bated breath,” which appeared in the Merchant of Venice; “wild goose chase,” first seen in Romeo and Juliet; “vanish into thin air,” a famous phrase in Othello; and “knock knock! who’s there?” which was first used in MacBeth.

450th Birthday Celebration for William Shakespeare


450th Birthday Celebration for WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Wednesday April 23rd from 8am to 8pm

617 Main Street, Buffalo NY  14203


April 14, 2014, Buffalo, NY … Shakespeare in Delaware Park invites you to help celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday on Wednesday April 23rd.  Join us as we honor the man who is widely considered the greatest writer of all time with a day full of Shakespearean   readings by local actors and fans of the Bard. From 8am to 8pm on April 23 guests can stop by 617 Main Street (Market Arcade Building) and be treated to readings of Sonnets and Monologues made famous by the man himself while indulging in  birthday sweets. What a perfect way to celebrate the importance of William Shakespeare while helping SDP gear up for their 39thseason of Free Shakespeare.

 Shakespeare in Delaware Park reaches over 40,000 audience members each season and is proud to be celebrating 39 incredible years of high-quality professional theatre, which remains FREE for the public to enjoy. HENRY V runs June 19th – July 13th with COMEDY OF ERRORS on stage July 23rd –August 16th. Performances are held every evening (except Mondays) at 7:30 p.m. 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 or by calling (716) 856-4533.

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