Effort underway to help Shakespeare in the Park recover from theft

Jul 6, 2017

A reward is now being offered for the return of sound equipment stolen from Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

Shakespeare in the Park
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"To be attacked this way is very upsetting," said Saul Elkin, the founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Park. Elkin says someone broke into a locked storage trailer near the Rose Garden, late Saturday or early Sunday morning, and stole about $15,000 worth of loud speakers.    
"It's a haul. I don't know what the thieves are going to do with all this stuff. Whether they're going to try to sell it or use it in some way. But it's out there in the community. And if somebody spots this stuff they should let us know," Elkin said.  

Saul Elkin says Shakespeare in the Park will continue regardless of the latest "attack" on the festival.
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In the hopes of speeding up the process - State Senator Chris Jacobs and Buffalo Common Council Member Joel Feroleto are opening their personal piggy banks to offer $1,000 reward for the equipment's return. Jacobs points out that  Shakespeare in the Park has been a regional attraction for over 40-years.
"The community comes together very often, usually all the time, in Western New York, among crisis. And this is a time of adversity here. And we want to try to do our part to right this wrong," Jacobs said.
A fund raiser is also in the works at the Marcy Casino. Mike Shatzel says it's set for happy hour, on Monday, at the new Terrace Restaurant.   
"There'll be a $5.00 donation to walk in - all of which will go to Shakespeare in order to beef up their security efforts to make sure thefts like this won't happen again. And then a portion of all beer sales will also go to the parks," Shatzel said.

Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy says, there have been a number of thefts and acts of vandalism across the entire park system this summer. Crockatt is asking the public "to keep an eye out for what's happening in all the parks."