Encounter Readings From the Dark Side with Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare/Poe

PLUS: New Castle’s Hauntings in History, Dover German American Club celebrates Oktoberfest and more fall fun.


Spooky Literary Fun

The Delaware Shakespeare Festival has returned with its popular Halloween-themed entertainment Shakespeare/Poe—A night of readings from “the dark side.” After its hit debut in 2012, Shakespeare/Poe will travel to three unique venues: the gothic halls of Rockwood Mansion, the eclectic galleries of the Newark Arts Alliance, and the grand Read House & Gardens in Old New Castle. Each venue will host two performances each over the weekends of Oct. 18-20 and October 25-27. “We created Shakespeare/Poe last year and all three performances played to packed houses at Rockwood Mansion,” says DSF producing artistic director David Stradley. “Our summer festival audiences come from all over the area, so this year we decided to share this fun October evening in venues spread throughout New Castle County. I think each venue will bring its own interesting energy to the night.” Each venue has only a 30-seat capacity, so everyone is encouraged to purchase tickets early. During the readings, DSF actors will guide you through the literary realms of two masters of the macabre. Specific selections are still being made, so DSF is encouraging fans to submit ideas for inclusion, but you can be assured that “The Raven” and “Macbeth” will feature prominently. “The Delaware Historical Society is very excited that the Delaware Shakespeare Festival will be performing readings of Shakespeare and Poe in the drawing room of the Read House this October,” says Michele Anstine, assistant CEO and chief program officer of DHS. “The architecture of this space will provide the perfect ambience for the performance, and we are pleased to incorporate the dramatic arts into our presentation of this unique historic site.” Dennis Lawson, executive director of the Newark Arts Alliance adds, “The Newark Arts Alliance has added more literary arts programming to our schedule this year, so we are thrilled to partner with the Delaware Shakespeare Festival to bring Shakespeare/Poe to Newark. Mixing the works of Shakespeare and Poe is sure to make for a fun, macabre, and inspiring evening.” Shakespeare/Poe serves as an alternative Halloween entertainment for adults who are looking for something during the season in addition to costumed pub crawls. “Many DSF patrons make our July festival a traditional part of their summers,” Stradley says. “Our hope is that Shakespeare/Poe can become a favorite autumnal First State annual event.” Four actors will take part in the readings: DSF veterans Caroline Crocker (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”), Adam Darrow (“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”), and James Kassees (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”), as well as DSF newcomer Clare O’Malley. DSF artistic director David Stradley will direct the evening. For the full schedule, visit the DSF website. 415-3373, delshakes.org

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