New stage is set for Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Jun 19, 2015

Some much needed improvements are in store for Shakespeare in Delaware Park.


Plans include replacing the 20 year old stage with modular pieces that can fit into three different configurations. Saul Elkin, SDP Founder and Artistic Director said, the new system will enhance the public's experience and provide more accessible productions.

A model of one of the three new stage configurations for Shakespeare in Delaware Park.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

"The light towers, which now stand in the way of the best sight lines, are being moved to the right and the left and up the hill. It's going to open up. The hill is going to become a bowl, which is what we always hoped for," Elkin said.
 
The $1.3 million project includes new sound and lighting systems and expanded dressing rooms, concessions and prop storage. Elkin says the current stage is barely hanging together

The Chair of the Capital Campaign, Deborah Di Matteo, says about three-quarter of the goal has already been met. She says the plan includes establishing an endowment.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park is the second oldest, and one of the largest, Shakespeare festivals in the country.