Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the long-running free outdoor theater festival, has canceled its first production of the 2020 season.
"As You Like It," which was scheduled to open the 45th anniversary season June 18, will no longer be staged. The company has yet to make a decision on the second production, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," originally scheduled to run from July 23 to Aug. 16.
"At this time, we remain optimistic and hope to present a full run of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream,' beginning mid-July," the company said in a statement. "However, we understand that any upcoming production is contingent on government mandate and the health and safety of you, our friends."
Shakespeare in Delaware Park was founded in 1976 by Saul Elkin as a summer apprenticeship program for students in the University at Buffalo Theater Department. Now the second oldest Shakespeare outdoor company in the country, it draws about 40,000 people to Delaware Park each year.