Prepare for a summer like no other as Delaware Theatre Company hosts its 2020/21 season—Take 2 with an outdoor performance series showcasing Hollywood, Broadway and regional performers.
“We launched an outdoor series last summer. We called it Front and Center with 10 performances,” says Matt Silva, the managing director for Delaware Theatre Company. “Early in the pandemic I watched a Dave Chappelle special on Netflix where he did a big event in this open field in Ohio, and I saw that they had spray-painted physically distanced boxes on the grass. Everyone wore masks, brought their own chairs and things like that. I thought, ‘Well, we can do this in the parking lot,’ so we did. We were able to get 58 boxes there—39 boxes for two people and 19 boxes for four.”
This year, the outdoor event returns to the parking lot of the Delaware Theatre Company with 58 boxes in the outdoor space. Seating for general admission is first come, first served.
There are 12 acts performing from May 4 to August 6, featuring artists from Hollywood, Broadway and those in the Delaware area.
“The first show is called Smile by Rob McClure, who starred on Broadway playing the title role of Mrs. Doubtfire in the play Mrs. Doubtfire, when the pandemic first hit,” he says. “Rob lives in Philadelphia with his wife Maggie, who is also going to be performing in the show and is also a Broadway and regional performer with an amazing voice. He has played Chaplin in Chaplin: The Musical on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for it.”
“And then we have Taylor Rodriguez, who played Elvis in a Million Dollar Quartet and who won the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. He’s just an incredible performer, really smooth, and works a crowd like no one I’ve ever seen before. He’ll have a four-piece band behind him as well,” adds Silva.
Along with these incredibly renowned artists, local performers such as The Whitney Project—Delaware native musician and composer Jonathan Whitney’s band—will perform ‘A Celebration of Black Joy.’ Fostina Dixon, a Wilmington native, will perform 5 Women, a play that tells the story of five women of color who overcame racial and gender discrimination.
Tickets are on sale now, with three subscription options available. Attendees can purchase an eight-show subscription for $25 per person, a five-show subscription for $28 per person or a create-your-own package of three or more shows.
To purchase tickets, check out the performance lineup or learn more about the 2020/2021 season—Take 2 show, visit delawaretheatre.org or call 302-594-1100.