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A Pageant of Shakespearean Proportions

On Saturday, April 23 from 5-7 pm, the Downtown Library invites you to come celebrate the birthday of a man who is considered ‘the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist’. Playwright William Shakespeare is celebrating his 452nd birthday… actually the community will be celebrating his birthday for him. The day’s ceremonies include a pageant of student performances and tours of the library’s two current rare book exhibitions. 

Featured in the free program will be a variety of student performances, guest appearances, and affairs, celebrating Shakespeare’s work including:

  • Peace of the City/Shakespeare Comes to the (716) mashup on Hamlet
  • Excerpts from Buffalo Seminary’s recent production of Julius Caesar
  • Buffalo Academy of Visual & Performing Arts and Nardin Academy on excerpts from Romeo & Juliet and West Side Story
  • And the premiere of a new program offering by the Library, a professionally staged reading of Shakespeare & Galileo, by Grant Mudge, presented through special arrangement with the Carpenter Science Theatre Company of the Science Museum of Virginia. This program is offered free on selected dates for high school groups visiting the Library’s Milestones of Science exhibition.
  • The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will be local theatre commentator Anthony Chase.
  • Tours of the Library’s two current rare book exhibitions Milestones of Science: Books That Shook the World! (in which Galileo is featured in first edition) and Celebrating 400 Years Since Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard (which showcases the Library’s 4 Shakespeare Folios) will take place throughout the evening.

And what would a birthday party be without birthday cake?

The birthday party is just one of the events designed to coincide with the library’s year long collaborative ‘Buffalo Bard 2016′ series. To learn more about the ongoing programming, which includes conferences, events, films, and performances, visit

For further information on Library activities, call 716-858-8900 or head to


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