Theater Talk: Shakespeare in Delaware Park sells out live shows, most tees, masks still available

Aug 28, 2020

Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s 45th main stage summer season was put on hold this year due to the pandemic, but that has not stopped SDP from carrying on with the mission of free professional outdoor theatre. Their sold out "Live Intermezzo Season" began last Friday, Aug. 21, at the Olmsted Park Lodge Picnic area in Buffalo, with socially distanced touring productions (think “The Best Of The Bard”). 


The original run of performances sold out, the original run of tee-shirts (as modeled by Peter Hall) needed a re-order, but the COVID masks (not shown) have arrived. For details, visit www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org
Credit Courtney Helinski, Buffalo Toronto Public Media

The rest of these sold out performances were or will be presented at Olmsted Park, Penn Dixie, Freedom Run Winery and Artpark.

Executive Director Lisa Ludwig, now in her 15th year with SDP, spoke (at a distance) with Theater Talk's Anthony Chase and Peter Hall, who wore his brand new SDP Summer of 2020 tee-shirt (pictured) to the studio. Masks (pictured below), and a few tees, are still available at their website

The show revolves around A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM character, Quince (Marie Costa) and her merry band of rude mechanicals (Angelo Heimowitz, Jamie Nablo, Zach Bellus) as they perform a series of scenes and monologues which are the Shakespearean equivalent of a Greatest’s Hits Album.  Four actors and 45 minutes of  entertainment socially distanced, not only for the limited 50 attendees per show, but also for the actors on stage, who wear shield masks which can be decorated, as they incorporate the lingo of COVID precautions in their scenes.  

The players in their masks, left to right, Zachary Bellus, Marie Costa, Jaime Nablo, and Angelo Heimowitz.
Credit Shakespeare in Delaware Park Facebook page
 Although all original performances SOLD out two more performances were added (Saturday September 6 and Sunday September 7, both at 4 p.m. and both at Artpark) although they may also be sold out as you read this!  Please follow the SDP webpage www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org and social media for the possibility of additional performance dates. If you are lucky enough to score tickets (limit 2) remember that due to state group gathering mandates (and that included Artpark) no one will be admitted without a reservation.  Masks are available for a donation to Shakespeare in Delaware Park. 
Alas, Poor Yorick, he put on his SDP Covid mask too late. You can get yours for a donation. Visit shakespeareindelawarepark.org .
Credit Shakespeare in Delaware Park website