Once more upon a midnight dreary, Delaware Shakespeare will open many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore during the autumnal tradition now known as “Shakespeare, Poe & Fiends” (formerly “Shaksepeare/Poe”). With new selections, authors and venues, Delaware Shakespeare actors will usher guests into a world of literary spirits and specters for a night of readings from plays, prose and poetry designed to fright and delight.
“The new venues will provide for slightly larger audience capacity, while preserving our custom of performing in historic places around Delaware,” says David Stradley, producing artistic director. “And the program’s new name, ‘Shakespeare, Poe & Fiends,’ will signal to audiences that some more masters of the macabre might come rapping, rapping at our chamber door.”
The 2017 cast includes three familiar faces—actors Eliana Fabiyi, Minou Pourshariati and George Tietze—and introduces Hannah Van Sciver to the cast. It is directed again this year by Matthew Mastronardi.
“Shakespeare, Poe and Fiends” performances will run one weekend only, Oct. 12–15, at 7:30 p.m. each night. See them at the University of Delaware’s Old College Hall on Oct. 12, Historic Odessa’s Stone Stable on Oct. 13, the Delaware Historical Society’s Old Town Hall on Oct. 14 and Historic New Castle’s New Castle Court House Museum on Oct. 15.
Tickets cost $18 and can be purchased at www.delshakes.org.