Delaware Shakespeare’s newly-established tradition of rich year-round programming may owe its origins, in part, to “the American Shakespeare”—Edgar Allan Poe. Thursday, October 10 kicks off year eight of Del Shakes’ Bard-Poe pairing, now known as “Shakespeare, Poe and Fiends.” This annual program of dramatic readings has evolved into a four-night, typically sold-out, series featuring selections from classic Gothic literature—including the recently added “fiends”—compared and contrasted to darker works from the Bard, running through Sunday, October 13.
Poe’s “Annabel Lee” is required reading for any Halloween season, and Shakespeare’s sundry ghosts and witch sisters pair well with Poe’s macabre masques and talking avians, as well as other monsters and figments of imagination from the 19th century. 2019’s fiendish authors include Edith Nesbit and Gertrude Atherton.
Del Shakes visits these spooky historic venues with snippets from plays, prose and poetry designed to fright and delight:
- Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m., New Castle Court House Museum in Historic New Castle, 211 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720
- Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m., Stone Stable in Historic Odessa, 201 Main Street, Odessa, DE 19730
- Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m., Old Town Hall at the Delaware Historical Society, 504 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
- Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m., Old State House on The Green in Dover, 25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901
The 2019 cast includes actors Eric Mills (2018’s “Shakespeare, Poe and Fiends” and Much Ado About Nothing), Emily Schuman (The Merchant of Venice), Evan Raines (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), and Mariah Ghant. and is directed by Matthew Mastronardi.
Tickets cost $18. For more information and tickets, visit delshakes.org.
About Delaware Shakespeare:
Now in its seventeenth season, Delaware Shakespeare creates year-round professional theatre and educational programs for residents and friends of the State of Delaware. At Del Shakes, people from all walks of life celebrate and explore their shared humanity through the lens of Shakespearean work.