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Bvffalo Bard 2016: 400 Years Since Shakespeare


March 5, 2016:

For more information, see

Or contact: Barbara Bono, UB Associate Professor, English, and Coordinator (; 716-207-0690)


Welcome to “Bvffalo Bard 2016: 400 Years Since Shakespeare”!

 Bard Logo 2016


Design by John Bono/Renee Ruffino. This image combines a drawing of a large bull buffalo by late-19th/early 20th-century American naturalist Ernest E. Thompson Seton with the famous engraving of Shakespeare from the 1623 First Folio by Martin Droeshout.


2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. During this year, “all the world’s a stage” for commemorations of the Bard’s life and work. Here in Western New York, we will join the celebration with a year-long calendar of public humanities events, including local performances, conferences, tours, and exhibits, all centered around Will and the work he created.

Our libraries will offer their community spaces and show their collections for a number of events, including early Folio and Rare Book exhibits, the Milestones of Science exhibit, a Shakespeare Read-A-Thon, and on Shakespeare’s April 23nd birthday a reception in conjunction with the annual Nichols’ Regional High-School Shakespeare Conference, done this year in collaboration with “Will Power” sponsored by Nardin Academy. The downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will also host competitions, festivals, and book-making sessions for lovers of Shakespeare from all “seven ages of man,” infancy to old age. All are welcome!

In 2016, Shakespeare in Delaware Park will also celebrate their 41st season on a brand new stage, made possible by generous donations from the community of Buffalo at large. In honor of this exciting time, they will start the season with a reprise of their first-ever production, the heart-rending and magical The Winter’s Tale, and round out the summer spectacular with the crowd-pleasing The Taming of the Shrew.


Other events throughout the year include over a dozen theatrical productions, a major academic conference–“Object and Adaptation: The Worlds of Shakespeare and Cervantes”–exhibits, screenings, talks, tours, concerts, competitions, and much, much more.

Most events are free and open to the public, although a few will require a nominal entrance fee.

We hope this year will be a region-wide celebration. If your school, organization, or group is interested in contributing to the calendar, please contact us!

Click on the web-site tabs to find out some of the marvelous things we have in store for you!


SDP Announces 2016 Season Audition Dates



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT                       

January 8, 2016                   Lisa Ludwig 716-856-4533



Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Inc. Announces 2016 Season Auditions

Auditions for Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s 41st season will be held on

 February 13, 14 and 15

                                                                                                   Saturday February 13th               9am to 2pm      OPEN CALL

                                                                    Sunday February 14th                9am to 1pm      CALL BACKS

                                                                    Monday February 15th              5pm to 9pm      CALL BACKS


                                  Auditions will be held at BUFFALO ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART –3860 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14226


OPEN CALL  AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Everyone interested in being considered for the 2016 season must make an audition appointment.  To arrange an appointment, please call (716) 856-4533, ON or AFTER February 2nd (NO audition appointments will be accepted before February 2nd).



2016 summer productions include:

   THE WINTERS TALE –June 23rd through July 17th –Directed by Saul Elkin

                                                                                  THE TAMING OF THE SHREWJuly 28th through August 21st —Directed by Steve Vaughan




Actors should prepare one memorized, Shakespearean monologue, not to exceed 2 minutes. If you have played a “principal role” for Shakespeare in Delaware Park in the past you do not need to prepare a monologue, you may call to see if you are needed for a call back audition appointment.  All Actors are requested to bring a resume/career bio and a head shot to the audition. Please note the roles of ALL other roles are open

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Picnic In Delaware Park

Part of the experience of Shakepeare in the Park at Delaware Park is bringing a picnic to enjoy before and during the performance. A good crowd shows up for “Twelfth Night,” Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. A small group brought their blankets and spread of finger foods and wine to the show. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
  • By Mary Kunz Goldman
  • Updated 12:07 AM , August 6, 2015

Every summer, something magical takes place on Shakespeare Hill, in Delaware Park behind the Rose Garden:
Picnicking becomes a spectator sport.

Normally, picnics in Delaware Park are regrettably rare. Too often, the picnic tables scattered hither and yon hold only water bottles and tennis rackets. But with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, a new spirit descends. Proudly, Buffalonians spread blankets and unpack grapes, bread, cheese and chocolate.

“If music be the food of love, play on,

Give me excess of it …”

Saturday night, well before “Twelfth Night” opened with those famous lines, there was already a lot of excess.

One gathering featured a gluten-free birthday cake dubbed “Q’ake.” It was made from watermelon, with grapes stuck into it with toothpicks.

“You missed the pretty part. It had pineapples on top,” said Kerturah Stevens, displaying the Q’ake with pride.

Homemade hummus and homegrown tomatoes rounded out that feast. On hand to wash it down was a bottle of mead, a honey drink popular in Shakespeare’s day. The mead was made by a New York State winery, Magpie Farms.

Be not afraid of greatness, to quote another line from “Twelfth Night.” A stylish urban group of friends reclined alongside strawberries, blackberries and grapes from Guercio and Sons. A round loaf from Bread Hive added a Renaissance touch. Three bottles of wine lay side by side. Candies were strewn artfully about.

Lou Feliciano said the spread had come together naturally.

“Everyone brought their own stuff,” he said. “And we just put the blanket down.”

Love was in the details. Davina and Aleks Porock sipped wine from glasses etched with snowflakes. Twelfth Night refers to the twelfth day of Christmas.

Claudia Villaman joked that her friend Rebecca Bremiller was “Martha Stewart’s little cousin.” Bremiller had arranged their food skillfully in trays. She had purchased plums that morning at the Clinton-Bailey Market. And she had not only brought grapes – a must, it seems, for a picnic in the park – but she had frozen them, and used them to chill the white wine.

Two hours before show time, thunder had rumbled. Fearing rain, the two friends had vowed that their picnic would go on. “We were auditioning porches,” Villaman laughed.

The play’s not the thing. The picnic is. Saul Elkin, the founder of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, smiled as he surveyed the feasting from the top of the hill.

“Someone once said to me, ‘This is a community picnic where a play happens to go on,’ ” he laughed.

“Twelfth Night” is on stage at 7:30 p.m. every night but Monday through Aug. 16. But even when it closes, let the food of love play on.

It is in the soul of every Western New Yorker to picnic in Delaware Park. Be bold and dine at that table on Ring Road across from the workout area. Or seek out a shady knoll by Hoyt Lake. Bring grapes. Invite a friend who plays guitar.

Be not afraid of greatness.


Shakespeare comedy presented with a “new” twist Twelfth Night features an all male cast

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – As Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, they thought they might try something “new.”

The second production of the season Twelfth Night features an all-male cast, just the way it was done in Shakespeare’s day.

They have never tried this before in the 40 year history of the company. Actor Tim Newell who plays Olivia, a lead female role, says the actors are not men doing caricatures of women, “We are speaking the words as women would speak them and we feel the words as women speak them.”

There is some confusion when the ingenue Viola, played by Jordan Louis Fischer, a man dressed as a woman, masquerades as a man, but director Steve Vaughan says Shakespeare planned it that way. Vaughan also insists that all this gender bending was not done as a gimmick, but to present the play in its purest – the way it was originally performed.

Twelfth Night runs through August 16. You can find more information at their website.

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