Have you ever yearned to see Buffalo’s civic leaders compete with each other by performing great speeches and poems by William Shakespeare? Of course you have!
On Monday, December 3, Buffalo will crown its next Shakespearean Idol at the Buffalo History Museum. Esteemed civic leaders will compete for the prize before all-star judges from Buffalo’s theater scene. But it’s the audience vote that crowns the Idol!
There will also be a special prize for the contestant who receives the most sponsors through our Mightycause team fundraising page, so – whether you can attend the contest or not – please take a moment to sponsor your favorite contestant with a donation here: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Xqlv8g.
This year's contestants include:
April Baskin, Erie County Legislator
Ba Zan Lin & Win Min Thant, Program Officer at CFGB & Educational Coordinator at Community Academic Center - Buffalo State
Frank Housh, Attorney and Chair of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Board of Trustees
Christiana Limniatis, Director of Preservation Services at Preservation Buffalo Niagara
Gregory Stevens, Executive Director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission
Marisa Wigglesworth, President & CEO of the Buffalo Museum of Science
Alex Wright, Founder of the African Heritage Food Coop
Sasha Yerkovich, Executive Director of Canopy of Neighbors
And our discerning judges are:
Stephen McKinley Henderson, award winning actor (Lincoln, Ladybird)
Paulette Harris, Paul Robeson Theatre
Vincent O’Neill, Irish Classical Theatre Company
Annette Daniels Taylor, Playwright, poet, filmmaker
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, desserts, and socializing.
Donations of $25 and up earn you a ticket to the event (we'll add you to the guest list), including drinks and dessert. All proceeds will benefit Partnership for the Public Good, a community-based think tank that unites 284 partner organizations working to build a better Buffalo.