SDP’s 40th Anniversary Season begins June 18!





May, 2015 Buffalo, NY … Shakespeare in Delaware Park is pleased to announce its 40th anniversary season of free professional outdoor theater will begin NEXT Thursday.  This summer’s amazing season will begin June 18th when audience favorite ROMEO AND JULIET hits the stage.  Founder and artistic director Saul Elkin plays Friar Lawrence along with new faces Kathleen Denecke and Jonas Barranca playing the star crossed lovers. Director Tom Loughlin has also cast many SDP veterans including Peter Palmisano, Lisa Ludwig, Gerry Maher and Eileen Dugan.  The beloved TWELFTH NIGHT, will be the second offering of the summer featuring a star studded all male cast.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park reaches over 40,000 audience members each season and is excited to be celebrating 40 incredible years of high-quality professional theatre.  SDP is proud to remain as one of the largest FREE outdoor Shakespeare festivals in the county.  ROMEO AND JULIET runs June 18th – July 12th with TWELFTH NIGHT 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. Or like us on facebook at See you on the hill.







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R&J Fight Combat Sneak Peek

A sneak peek of characters Tybalt (played by Mary Beth Lacki) & Romeo (played by Jonas Barranca) fighting in our upcoming production of Romeo & Juliet, opening June 18!

Posted by Shakespeare in Delaware Park on Monday, June 8, 2015

Celebrating 40th Season on AM Buffalo!


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – Saul Elkin invites Linda to see Shakespeare in Delaware Park, a free theatre involving stage adaptations of Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night.

Romeo & Juliet will begin on June 18th and run until July 12th.

Twelfth Night will begin on July 23rd and run until August 16th.

The performances will begin every night (except Mondays) starting at 7:30 P.M.

For more information, visit their website at

Or call their phone number, 716-856-4533.

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Five questions with Tom Loughlin

Five questions with Tom Loughlin


“Romeo and Juliet” director Tom Loughlin


Tom Loughlin is more than just an award-winning actor. He is chair of SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Theatre and Dance and a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He performs in Buffalo whenever he can; his resume includes: Kavinoky Theatre, the Irish Classical Theatre Company, and a widely praised portrayal of Oscar in The Odd Couple, which just concluded its run at the Jewish Repertory Theatre. For more than a dozen summers, Loughlin has spent his break from school working with Shakespeare in Delaware Park six nights per week. He will direct SIDP’s first play of the season, Romeo and Juliet, starting June 18. Is he really Superman, spending his days as a Clark Kent-like professor and thespian? Does he sleep? Forever Young needed to find out.


Between your commitments at SUNY Fredonia and directing the first Shakespeare in Delaware Park play of the season, your dance card must be full. How do you do it?
Luckily enough, my academic year ends just as rehearsals start, so my commitments at Fredonia, while not completely eliminated, are reduced greatly. That allows me to concentrate a bit more on my directing duties without wearing myself out too much. I consider myself quite fortunate in that regard.


Of all the SIDP plays you’ve acted in over the years, which role was your favorite and which play do you look back on most fondly?
It’s always tough to choose when asked this question, but I guess I would have to say that playing Claudius in the 1995 production of Hamlet really stands out in my mind. That was a time when I think SIDP really started to come into its own artistically. It was my first shot at Claudius, and I was lucky to play that role against Billy Gonta, who was a terrific Hamlet. For me it was a real turning point, and I think it was a role and an opportunity that allowed me to get to the next level in playing Shakespeare.


How did it feel to receive the 2014 Artie Award “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play” for your portrayal of Polonius in Hamlet?
Truthfully, I am not all that big into acting awards, and I actually try to avoid the spotlight. But I can’t deny the recognition was very much appreciated and welcomed. I think the biggest thrill of that evening was that the award was presented to me by two of the people in Buffalo I love most to work with — Tim Newell and Eileen Dugan. Seeing those two on stage smiling at me as they gave me the award was just a very warm and wonderful experience.


Is there any role or any play you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet, and why?
King Lear. I have played Edgar once, Albany twice, and Gloucester once, and I love the play. But the opportunity to play Lear has just not come around yet. I think I am just at the age where I am old enough to grasp the role, but still young enough to play it with the emotional energy and force it needs to have. Right now that role is the mountaintop for me.


What advice would you give SIDP newbies? (Actors, attendees, or both.)
I think the most important thing I could impress upon newbies is that Shakespeare is not that hard. You just need to open your heart to the full humanity that is Shakespeare’s characters and language. There is no other playwright in the English language who writes with such a deep understanding of and love for the human condition. He’s not that hard to grasp once you understand he is speaking from his heart to your heart, from his humanity to yours, and does so with everything from bawdy humor to heart-wrenching sorrow. I think SIDP’s greatest advantage is that it allows actors and audiences alike the opportunity to enjoy all that amidst a beautiful natural setting on soft summer evenings. It doesn’t get better than that.


Forever Young Managing Editor April Diodato’s first Shakespeare in Delaware Park experience was watching Tom Loughlin play Polonius in the 2013 production of Hamlet.

ShakespearIENCED – Summer Shakespeare Classes for Adults

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Announces ShakespearIENCED!!

Summer Shakespeare Classes for ADULTS

After a successful program last season, Shakespeare in Delaware Park will again be offering classes to adults!  If you have ever had the itch to” trod the boards”, have fond memories of acting in school or community shows, ever had a curiosity about what actors do, or how Shakespeare works—-this is for you!   One of our Shakespeare veterans, Eileen Dugan (actor/ director and educator), will be holding classes this summer, and adults 18 and over.   There will be three weekend classes, culminating with a class performance on the Shakespeare main-stage prior to an evening’s professional performance.  No previous experience is required.  Class size is limited, so sign up soon—this is your chance to BE or not to be—-on the Shakespeare in Delaware Park stage!

Session 1: during the SDP production of ROMEO AND JULIET

Saturday June 20    10am-12pm            (class)

Saturday June 27    10am-12pm            (class)

Sunday July 5          10am-12pm            (class)

        Wednesday July 8       6:15pm             (performance)


Session 2: during the SDP production of  TWELFTH NIGHT

Saturday July 25     10am-12pm            (class)

Saturday Aug 1       10a-12pm              (class)

Saturday Aug 8       10am-12pm           (class)

Wednesday Aug 12        6:15pm        (performance)



TUITION: $225   (includes classes / performance and an SDP T-shirt


Call 856-4533 (by June 5th) for more details and to apply for this one of a kind experience.


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