By MIKE DESMOND
In five weeks Shakespeare in Delaware Park will open with Richard III, the playwright’s legendary look at power corruption and violence in medieval England.
In the lead role, Tim Newell will travel the stage at the bottom of Shakespeare Hill, at least once the stage is built.
Right now, it’s a fenced-off area and the pieces of the stage are being readied for assembly.
Founder and Artistic Director Saul Elkin says his company is putting to good use the $87,000 provided by Erie County when the County Legislature amended the budget to put nearly a $1 million into cultural agencies.
When the Collins Administration cut the culturals last year, Elkin says the community quickly showed its support of the free summer festival.
“Terrific outpouring of generosity from the public,” Elkin said.
“In the hat that we pass at intermission, in the annual letter we send out asking for help, people went a step further. Almost everybody who previously donated went a step further.”
Elkin says the entire budget for Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the festival operations is $300,000.
SHAKESPEARE IN DELAWARE PARK ANNOUNCES
The 18th Annual Fabulous Feast
Saturday March 31, 2012
6pm to 10:30pm
March 2012- Buffalo, NY…Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Shakespeare in Delaware Park is pleased to announce its season fundraiser, The 18th Annual Fabulous Feast. Enjoy a scrumptious Elizabethan-style banquet with 5 courses of delicious food and drink, Saturday, March 31st from 6 to 10:30pm at Buffalo’s own medieval castle, the Connecticut Street Armory. This event always proves to be a fabulous time. Join in the fun where you’ll enjoy Shakespearean characters galore, tons of entertainment including: Clumsy the Entertainer, The Harmonia Singers , Presto Strings, dancers, sword fights and much much more! Don’t miss out on the 3 royal auctions, silent, ticket and live – with special guest auctioneer Chanel 7s own Mike Randall.
Come one, come all and help support Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s 37thSeason of FREE Shakespeare. Tickets are $65 for members, $75 for nonmembers (ticket price includes all food, drink and entertainment)
Corporate tables are available.
Shakespearean attire is encouraged but not required. Get your tickets now by calling 856-4533 or visit the website at www.shakespeareindelawarepark.
RSVP cut off date is Friday March 23rd.
Special thanks to : John Hancock Insurance the Live Auction Sponsor, Rich Products and The Buffalo News.
SHAKESPEARE IN DELAWARE PARK ANNOUNCES
6th ANNUAL FALL FUNDRAISER
KING JOHN a staged reading
October 4, 2011, Buffalo, NY…Shakespeare in Delaware Park (SDP) is pleased to announce its 6th Annual Fall Fundraiser, a staged reading of William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN, directed by Anthony Chase and sponsored by LPCiminelli.
Join Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s all- star cast, including SDP founder and artistic director Saul Elkin, Tim Newell, Eileen Dugan, Barbara Link LaRue, Adriano Gatto, Kristen Tripp-Kelley, Todd Benzin, Lisa Ludwig and a host of other familiar theatre favorites, as they tell the tale of unresolved family disputes that often end in murder. SDP has never produced this historic Shakespeare play on the main stage and is happy to continue this new yearly fundraising event of providing a reading of the Bard’s rarely produced work for all to hear and enjoy.
This special benefit performance for Shakespeare in Delaware Park will take place on Sunday, November 6th at the Buffalo Seminary. The evening will begin at 6pm with pre-show entertainment, hors d’oeuvres by Rich’s Renaissance Catering and wine tasting provided by Freedom Run Winery. The KING JOHN reading will begin at 7pm with dessert and coffee served at intermission.
Tickets for KING JOHN (a staged reading) are $50 for Shakespeare in Delaware Park members and $55 for non-members. All proceeds benefit Shakespeare in Delaware Park, just completing its 36th successful season of FREE Shakespeare. The production will take place at The Buffalo Seminary located at 205 Bidwell Parkway. Special thanks to sponsor LPCiminelli, and generous in kind donations from Rich’s Renaissance Catering, Freedom Run Winery, The Buffalo Seminary and Phillips Lytle LLP. Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets before November 2nd by calling 856-4533 or visit Shakespeare in Delaware Park on the web at www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org.
SHAKESPEARIENCE, (Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s high school intern program) will be holding a performance on Friday August 12, 2011th at 6:15 pm, prior to Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s main stage performance of AS YOU LIKE IT. (A return performance with take place at the Buffalo Public Library on Monday August 15 at 12pm)
Some call this intern production the “Bee’s Knees!” Some call it the “Cat’s Pajamas!” Some even call it the ”Elephant’s instep!” We call it “Shakespearience!” and not to “Blow our own trumpet,” but we think it is “a good time had by all!” So join us for the fun!
Shakespearience is truly a collaborative process. The teacher (Susan Drozd) and students have rehearsed four days a week for three weeks and have worked together to work the script, develop the concept and perfect their Shakespearian characters. This educational experience for the students promises to be a fun filled entertaining performance for the audience.
The Shakespearience Program is open to area high school students and is designed to provide in-depth theatrical experience with theatre professionals. Each session runs for five weeks, beginning the week prior to regularly schedule professional Shakespeare in Delaware Park performances. In addition to attending classes, students gain hands-on experience in a professional production as part of SDP technical crew.
All performances are FREE of charge.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park is now in its 36th Season of FREE Shakespeare. AS YOU LIKE IT runs nightly at 7:30pm until August 14th. 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
Dave Harter Reporting for Green Options Buffalo:
Near – Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Shakespeare in Delaware Park has the crown for my favorite date spot in Buffalo. Riding up to the park with a blanket on my rack and panniers full of snacks still gets me way more pumped than most other potential date venues. I remember seeing Much Adu About Nothing on The Hill in my teens with a date who had not yet ventured to this Buffalo treasure. She thought it was about the coolest thing in the world and I (as most teenage boys on a date with a swooning girl might) felt like Zeus. “Thank you Shakespeare in the Park,” I thought, while packing up the blanket and pondering the appropriate timing for the goodnight kiss I was now sure to maneuver.
This weekend marks the closing of Shakespeare in the Park’s 2011 season with the final performances of As You Like It. Like Much Adu About Nothing, As You Like It is a rolling comedy filled with precarious romance, well-intentioned (though disastrous) errors and of course, weddings. This is a perfect date show and your bicycle is the perfect date vehicle. Shakespeare in the Park is even willing to reward you for choosing a healthy, community friendly transport option. If you ride your bike to the show with your Bicycle Benefits sticker slapped on your helmet you’ll get %10 off at the merchandise table.
So take some of that money you save on gas, repairs, oil changes and parking from riding your bicycle all summer and take someone special out for some giggles at Shakespeare Hill. With gas hovering around $4/gallon you should be able to afford a generous donation to this (astonishingly) FREE production (employing lots of local actors and technicians!) and still have plenty left over to buy some neat merchandise with your Bicycle Benefits reward. Afterwards you might just be happy that you supported one of the world’s largest outdoor Shakespeare festivals (right here in beautiful Buffalo, NY) or perhaps you’ll also feel like throwing some lightning around.
Shows start at 7:30 on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park behind the Rose Garden. Coming early is recommended. Shows run through Sunday and are weather contingent.