On Monday, December 3, Buffalo will crown its next Shakespearean Idol at the Buffalo History Museum. Civic leaders will compete for the prize by performing famous passages from the Bard before three all-star judges: Irish Classical Theatre Artistic Director Vincent O’Neill, Paul Robeson Theatre artistic director Paulette Harris, and playwright Annette Daniels Taylor. The audience vote crowns the winner.
This year’s contestants are Erie County Legislator April Baskin, Buffalo Museum of Science President Marisa Wigglesworth, Niagara River Greenway Commission Executive Director Greg Stevens, African Heritage Food Coop Founder Alexander Wright, Canopy of Neighbors Executive Director Sasha Yerkovich, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Board Chair Frank Housh, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Program Officer Ba Zan Lin, Buffalo State Educational Coordinator Win Thant, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara Director of Preservation Services Christiana Limniatis.
The evening also features a special guest performance by Peace of the City’s youth ensemble, Shakespeare Comes to the 716.
Doors open at 7pm, and the contest starts promptly at 7:30pm. After the contest, the audience is invited to stay for drinks and light desserts.
Donations may be made at the door or in advance on the Partnership for the Public Good's contest fundraising site, where donors have the chance to sponsor their favorite performer: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Xqlv8g.
All proceeds go to benefit the Partnership for the Public Good, which unites 284 organizations working to build a better Buffalo.