Reward Proposed for Stolen Equipment at Shakespeare in the Park

$1,000 reward from Feroleto & Jacobs for recovery of equipment

Mike Baggerman
July 05, 2017 - 2:53 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo Common Councilman Joel Feroleto and State Senator Chris Jacobs jointly announced a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the discovery of the stolen equipment from Shakespeare in the Park.

The reward comes after thieves broke into the trailer that holds the theatre equipment at Delaware Park on Saturday and took $15,000 of equipment while adding thousands of dollars more in damage to the trailer.

"Shakespeare in the Park has been here performing for 42 years," Feroleto said. "It is such a tremendous asset to have that in the City of Buffalo. The neighbors support it and walk down to it. We get visitors from the suburbs. Even people from out of town come here for Shakespeare in the Park."

Jacobs added that the idea for a $1,000 reward originated from the councilman. None of the money comes from taxpayer dollars.

"This isn't the first time this has happened to us but, needless to say, we go on," Saul Elkin, Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Park, said. "We've been here for 42 years. We've had moments of theft and vandalism in the past but we continue."

Plays at Shakespeare in the Park are free to attend and the plays solicit donations from visitors. Elkin explained that much of the equipment that was stolen was purchased last year, forcing the theatre to seek help from other local theatres and companies who loaned their equipment in its place.

"Parts of the stage have been torn apart and thrown into the lake," Elkin said. "I don't know how to describe it other than pure vandalism. We are a free festival, we give it away. We hope people will come."

The Terrace, a new restaurant at Marcy Casino, will hold a fundraiser on Monday, July 12 that will feature a Happy Hour special with proceeds going to help security at Shakespeare in the Park. The Terrace will also have a $5 cover charge at the door with those proceeds helping the organization. 

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