Who Will Be Buffalo’s Next Shakespearean Idol?
On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Buffalo will crown its next Shakespearean Idol at the Buffalo History Museum. Esteemed civic leaders will compete for the prize before three all-star judges: Drew Kahn, actor and theater professor; Laurie Dean Torrell, Just Buffalo executive director; and Colin Dabkowski, arts critic at the Buffalo News.
Audience members will cast their votes for contestants such as Sam Radford, chair of the District Parent Coordinating Council, reciting Hamlet’s famed “To be or not to be” speech, and Masten District Council Member Demone Smith doing his best Mark Antony. Flying Bison Brewmaster Tim Herzog will impersonate famous ale-drinker Sir Toby Belch, while political legend George K. Arthur gives voice to the wise wizard, Prospero.
The host for the evening is Amilcar Hill, and the other contestants include Buffalo First executive director Sarah Bishop, Erie County Planning Commissioner Maria Whyte, Artvoice Editor Geoff Kelly, and playwright Gary Earl Ross. While the ballots are counted, special guests from Peace of the City will perform a scene from this year’s production of The Tempest, and Eliza Hopkins, winner of the 2013 ESU Shakespeare competition, will demonstrate her prize-winning skills.
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.
All proceeds go to benefit the Partnership for the Public Good. Donations start at $25 per person. You must be 21 or older to attend.
To RSVP or with questions, please contact Megan Connelly at 852-4191, ext. 110, firstname.lastname@example.org.