Shakespeare In Delaware Park improving with age

WNY's only outdoor theater celebrating 40 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - It is the nation's second largest Shakespeare festival and continues improving with age, just like its founder Saul Elkin.

Saul was encouraged to start this annual event in 1976 by his friend and teacher Joseph Papp. Papp was the founder of New York City's Shakespeare in Central Park.

The annual outdoor Summer theatre event has evolved into a crowd pleaser for people of all ages. Saul describes it this way: "This is a wonderful community picnic at which a play happens to be going on."

Saul is appearing in this season's first production, Romeo & Juliet, and at age 83 he says it's a little tougher but "it's really my heart, what I love to do."

There is a capital campaign underway to fund a new stage by next season. Saul Elkin is responsible for Shakespeare in Delaware Park's past, still a player in the present and making big plans to insure its future.

More info about this season at their website, click here.


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