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Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival kicks off Friday at Rockwood Park

The Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival returns this month, bringing one of the Bard’s comedies to Rockwood Park in Wilmington.

Delaware Shakespeare returns to Rockwood Park in Wilmington for 13 outdoor performances, starting this week.

The 17th annual Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival brings The Merry Wives of Windsor to life. 

Delaware Shakespeare’s producing artistic director David Stradley calls it a bit of a change of pace.


“This is not one of Shakepeare’s most high brow plays. The Merry Wives of Windsor I think can best be described as when Shakespeare decided to write a sitcom," said Stradley. "It’s just a joyful play that features one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic characters - Falstaff.”

Stradley describes Falstaff as an “egotistical knight” trying to change his luck, “And decides the best way to fill his pockets with money again is to seduce the two wealthy wives in town. But as in all of Shakespeare - the women are smarter than the men - and they figure out Falstaff’s plan and find a way to give “it” back to him.”

Stradley notes the Summer Festival cast once again is a mix of familiar faces and top-flight new talent. He says returning actors include David Pica, Claris Park, Newton Buchanan and Gregory Isaac.
Michael Hahn will once again compose all original music.

The Merry Wives of Windsor starts its run at Rockwood Park Friday night. The play then runs Wednesday through Sunday until July 28, 2019.

Tickets, ranging from $18 to $22, are on sale here.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from theDelaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.