I took my daughters to Delaware Park yesterday so we could watch the Shakespeare crew rehearse. Curtain for The Taming of the Shrew officially goes up this Thursday, July 28.
Here are a few things I thought about while my daughters and I were sitting on the hill, watching the masters at work…
- I was introduced to Shakespeare at a super young age because of Shakespeare in Delaware Park. My family would take blankets to the hill and eat chicken wings and fried shrimp, and we’d watch John Daggett as Puck, Bill Gonta as Hamlet, Joy Parry as Lady Anne, or Saul Elkin as, really, anything.
- Maeve used my phone to catch a Psyduck. Addie used my phone for something else...
- I remember Jerry Finnegan as Malvolio too. I can't believe these shows are free to the public.
- The stage itself is new this year, and it’s incredible. Here’s more info about it.
- When we got up to leave, my daughters didn’t want to go. Addie liked the guy in the horse costume. Maeve said “I want to see what Kate does.” I promised I’d bring them back, which I will. They won’t ever get to see Neil Garvey on this stage, but I want them to forever remember eating chicken wings on this hill with their family, and watching Bonnie Jean Taylor and Marissa Puzutto.
- And finally, the Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts made a donation to Shakespeare in Delaware Park. While I shook hands with Steve Vaughan, Maeve and Addie loaded a cannon and prepared to attack a nearby wedding.
Our annual fundraiser, the Midsummer Night’s Picnic, is this Saturday for a couple hours before Shrew starts. I really hope you come to party with us (get tickets to the Picnic here) and I really hope you stay to watch what I now know is going to be an amazing show!