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Equipment worth $15,000 stolen from Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Over $15,000 of theater equipment was reported stolen from Shakespeare in Delaware Park Sunday morning.

An actor was doing his daily morning jog through the park when he noticed a broken window on the set. A storage facility holding equipment was also broken into. Most of the items stolen were sound equipment, including microphones and speakers, said Lisa Ludwig, managing director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

"It's theatrical sound equipment. It's not like whoever took it can plug it into their sound system at home," Ludwig said.

Vandalism is common for the park production, but Ludwig said this is the first major theft she has seen in her decade of work with the theater company.

But the show must go on.

With a performance every day of the week except Monday, staff members are scrambling to rent sound equipment from local companies – a  feat made more difficult by the holiday weekend, since most equipment has already been rented.

Police have yet to identify any suspects, she said.

Looking forward, the company is examining hiring overnight security guards and installing security systems on the trailers. Ludwig said she hopes the incident also will spark a stronger police presence after-hours in the park.

"We took the time to do this for the community," Ludwig said. "It's a free event and it's terrible that now people may not be able to enjoy it."

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