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Tonight: Shakespearean Idol, a Benefit for Partnership for the Public Good

Filed under: Activism

This could be delightfully painful.

Tonight (Thursday, July 19) at 7:30 pm, as a fundraiser for Partnership for the Public Good, nine of the region’s public figures will take turns trying not to humiliate themselves before a paying audience in an event called “Shakespearean Idol.”

Before a panel of expert judgesSaul Elkin, the founder of Shakespeare in Delaware Park; Lorna Hill, the founder of Ujima Theatre; and Colin Dabkowski, arts critic at the Buffalo News—a cadre of celebrated victims will offer soliloquies from Shakespeare’s plays. The judges will declare a winner, as will the audience itself. Participants include Assemblyman Sean Ryan, doing his best Marc Antony; Buffalo News columnist Mary Kunz Goldman as Queen Titania from Midsummer Night’s Dream; Donna Fernandes, president of the Buffalo Zoo, who plans to bring a live snake to enhance her rendition of Cleopatra’s death scene; Cindy Abbott-Letro, chair, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexis Masani DeVeaux, author and SUNY Buffalo Professor; Robert Gioia, president, John R. Oishei Foundation; Mark Goldman, historian and entrepreneur; and Brenda McDuffie, president, Buffalo Urban League.

While the ballots are counted, special guest Tim Newell will offer a highlight from his acclaimed portrayal of the evil King Richard III in this summer’s Shakespeare in Delaware Park production.

The event takes place at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. 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.


  • CPBarrett

    This is such a cool and creative idea for an event.  I wish I could attend, but sadly cannot.  Please support this organization so they continue the good work they do.  Nothing can come from nothing.