Now in its eighteenth season, Delaware Shakespeare is performing year-round with professional theatre and educational programs for residents and visitors. This year for their annual summer festival, Delaware Shakespeare has crafted a series of three fun events as it returns to welcoming audiences at Rockwood Park.
The 2021 Summer Festival will let you “triple your bard” with “Midsummer Mix Tape,” “Rosalind x 3” and “Shakespeare Poetry Slam.” The festival will take place from July 16 through August 1. Audiences are invited to picnic in the park while enjoying programs that allow for social distancing.
“We’re thrilled to bring back audiences in larger numbers than we were able to do in 2020,” says David Stradley, producing artistic director. “It’s also really exciting to offer multiple programs for the first time in the history of our Summer Festival. We invite people to bring their picnics and spend two or three nights with us this summer, then join us for the return of our mainstage Summer Festival production in 2022.”
“Midsummer Mix Tape” is a celebration of original music from past (and future) Delaware Shakespeare productions, with songs by Michael Hahn, Liz Filios, Emily Schuman, and Joe Trainor.
“Rosalind x 3” explores the iconic lead character from “As You Like It” through three different cultural lenses by three actor/director pairings.
“Shakespeare Poetry Slam” features rhythm and wordplay as spoken word artists share Shakespearean-inspired creations.
All three events will have a running time of between 60 and 75 minutes. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Decide at $10, $20, or $30, with discounts available for 2 or 3-event purchases. Tickets must be purchased online in advance as capacity is currently limited to 100 audience members per evening. Visit delshakes.org for the calendar of events, the most up-to-date COVID protocols, and festival information.