Scranton Shakes Reveals Show Lineup for Upcoming Season

Shakespeare season

Eight years strong, Scranton Shakespeare Festival continues to offer the Northeastern Pennsylvania community exciting, free professional theater. Scranton Shakes is a non-profit organization, supported by the generosity of national and state-run organizations, local fund-raising, and audience donations.

To get in the mood for this season, Scranton Shakes is hosting an elegant fundraiser, A Night At The Tonys on Sunday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at The Scranton Club. This glamorous viewing party for the coveted Tony Awards is complete with red carpet entry, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment. Tickets are $35 and will be available at the door and at The event will benefit the Scranton Shakespeare Festival.

Kicking off this year’s season at Scranton Prep on June 27-30 and again on Aug. 3 is the upbeat Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which will be directed by Billie-Aken Tyers.

Local musician and lead singer of Black Tie Stereo, Stephen Murphy, last seen with SSF in its production of The Pirates of Penzance, will take on the leading role of Joseph. He will be sharing the stage with one of the region’s most treasured voices, Michele Conaboy McGrath, as the Narrator. A special performance on Friday, June 28, will also welcome the hearing-impaired community by feature sign language interpreters.

SSF Artistic Director, Michael Bradshaw Flynn, will direct Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare’s epic of love and sex during the Trojan War. Michael, raised in Scranton and co-founder of the festival, has always had a finger on the pulse on what the community will respond to. He’ll be adding his unique spin on this famous story that explores conflict in the war-rooms and the bedrooms of Troy’s golden days. With both local and New York City actors playing legendary roles such as Helen of Troy and Achilles, this production will be presented at Scranton Prep, July 12 – 14 and Aug 3.

Emma Rosa Went’s deceptively simple and heart-warming production of As You Like It last season was a favorite of audiences. This year she will be turning her directing skill to Shakespeare’s Richard III, featuring England’s infamous royal villain. Set in a straight-laced, buttoned-down, Victorian-esque metropolis, audiences will revel in Richard’s violent, rebellious and horrifying campaign to becoming King of England. He’s the evil king everybody loves to hate, which might be why Richard III remains the second most produced Shakespeare play ever! Scranton Shakes’ version will be presented at the Royal Theatre of the University of Scranton from July 19 – 21 and again on Aug 4.

Each year Scranton Shakes has featured a daring, site-specific production to its season. In 2017, it was Damn Yankees, the baseball musical  presented at PNC Field, and last year was How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying in downtown’s Marketplace at Steamtown mall (complete with glass elevator and sweeping staircases).

And this year is no different.  The Broadway musical Cabaret, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, feels like a night out in 1929’s Berlin’s Kit Kat Club, with a backdrop of racial tension and the pre-war Nazi’s rise to power. Liza Minnelli climbed to stardom playing Sally Bowles in the movie. SSF will use Scranton’s new downtown, secret speakeasy, Madam Jenny’s at the Bittenbender, as an immersive venue for a titillating night out. Simone Daniel, a native of Scranton, is directing this classic show with a fresh, contemporary lens that audiences are sure to enjoy from their plush velvet booths while sipping delicious cocktails. This show, which is for mature audiences, will run July 25 – 28 and Aug 4.

To close the season will be a very exciting production from Broadway legend and Tony- nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane, who presented Fairycakes with SSF in 2014 and premiered Robin Hood: The New Musical in 2015. He returns to Scranton Shakes with a brand new play set right here in Pennsylvania.  The Behavior Of Light charts the adventures of shy, amateur artist Teddy, who despite living in 1970’s Reading, Pa., with his television-tending mom, spends his days lost in a whirlwind of love, color, light, and creativity. The show will run at the Royal Theatre, University of Scranton, July 31 – Aug 2.

Make your reservations for the shows with our box office. Though tickets are free, reserving them is highly recommended. You’ll find more information about the shows and the festival here at

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Takes on “How to Succeed”

How to Succeed 2 colThis past month, performers with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival presented the first show of it’s seventh season: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Directed by Bobby Temple, the musical was performed at The Marketplace at Steamtown Mall, continuing the festival’s exploration of location-specific theatre, a nod to last year’s “Damn Yankees” at PNC Field.

Cast members from are shown during a performance at the Steamtown Mall. The popular musical will presented one final time on at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Tickets are free to the public but seating is limited. For information on how to reserve tickets, visit

Calendar of Events: July 2018

SYADunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park

The 6th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park will soon be upon us. This year’s festivities will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 16, 17 and 18.

There will be live entertainment each night and lots and lots of food. Selections will include everything from pizza fritta to pasta fagiole.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Sherwood Youth Association.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival

The Scranton Shakespeare Festival  is presenting its seventh season — an ambitious program featuring two Shakespeare comedies, two musicals, a new devised work, and its annual Youth Theatre Lab piece.

shakesAudiences will have the opportunity to catch all the shows in repertory during the festival’s signature last weekend, July 27 – 29.

Randolph Curtis Rand returns to the festival to direct an abridged, four-person version of Shakespeare’s “Tempest,” double-billed with Brenna Geffers’ devised work “Sycorax,” specially commissioned by the festival and inspired by a character briefly mentioned in “Tempest.” “Tempest/Sycorax” will go on July 6 through July 8, and July 28 at Scranton Prep.

“As You Like It,” directed by festival newcomer Emma Rosa Went, will go up the following weekend, July 13 through July 15, as well as July 29, at Scranton Prep.

The festival’s second musical, “Footloose,” directed by Artistic Director Michael Bradshaw Flynn, will perform July 19 through July 22, and July 29, at Scranton Prep.

The Youth Theatre Lab is set to perform its original adaptation of “Hansel & Gretel” July 7, 14 and 21, at Scranton Prep.

Under the direction of Bobby Temple, SSF will also present “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” on July 27 at The Marketplace at Steamtown.

S.S. Anthony and Rocco Italian Festival

Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 10, 11, and 12, at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds in Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday following the noon mass and procession. Live entertainment will include:

Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect

Saturday: Holy Cross High School Cheerleaders, Prima Elite Academy of Dance and Popstar Drive

Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic

St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic will be held Friday through Sunday, July 19, 20, and 21, with picnic grounds opening at 6 p.m. on July 19 and 20 and 5 p.m. on July 21. Parking is free.

125252h_8th annual 5k logoFeatured will be a bake sale, homemade foods, tricky trays, Grandma’s Attic, games, 50-50 Summer Cash tickets, and nightly musical entertainment. For more information, please call (570)842-7656.

On Saturday, July 21, join the eighth annual 5K Run/Walk. If Interested in registering or sponsorship, contact info www.steulalia5k.comor call Ryan at (570)499-3782.

Music on the Lawn

Lake Winola United Methodist Church will host its 10th annual Music on the Lawn and Craft Fair / Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 10 p.m.. This event will have craft and yard sale vendors throughout the afternoon along with four live Christian musical groups starting at 2 p.m. There will be a chicken BBQ and campfire in the evening, featuring a Christian video over the campfire while roasting marshmallows. To buy tickets for the Chicken BBQ or to be a vendor, call Mark at 570-351-7365. See Web Page:

marywoodMarywood Open House

Marywood University will hold an undergraduate open house on Saturday, July 14, for high school students and their parents. The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus.

The event will include an informative tour of the campus, as well as the opportunity to meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors will also be available.

For additional information, call Marywood University’s undergraduate admissions office, at (570) 348-6234, or visit

Camp Archbald Fundraiser

Save the date! On Aug. 11, at 9 a.m. Kayak for a Camp,will help raise money for Camp Archbald at West Falls boat launch. Call 570-388-6107 to register.

Scranton Jazz Festival

Former New York Yankee great Bernie Williams with The Bernie Williams Collective, along with NEA jazz master Delfeayo Marsalis of the legendary Marsalis family, and the multi-Grammy nominated band Special EFX will headline the 14th annual Scranton Jazz Festival on August 3, 4, and 5 at the Historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and numerous downtown Scranton venues.

jazzFriday, Aug. 3, kicks off this year’s festival with Special EFX, a multi-Grammy nominated band, featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz.

On Saturday Aug. 4, four-time World Series MLB Champion Bernie Williams of the New York Yankee’s will take the stage with The Bernie Williams Collective. 

Sunday Aug. 5, will feature New Orleans born jazz trombone master Delfeayo Marsalis performing with the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band. 

Tickets range from $20 to $40 and are on sale online. For tickets, sponsorships, and more information visit

Tickets may also be purchased at all Gallery of Sound locations or through our box office by calling (570)575-5282

Hearing Aid Drive

Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic is accepting used hearing aids at its clinic for those in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Audiology Clinic, in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, on the University’s campus. Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic will partner with Hearing Aid Charities of America to ship used hearing aid donations at no cost.

All donations are tax deductible through Hearing Aid Charities of America (HACA), and a letter of acknowledgement from HACA will be sent upon receipt. HACA will begin the process of recycling and remanufacturing hearing aids for those in need.

For information about making a used hearing aid donation at Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic, call (570) 348-6299.



protect and defend 5kProtect & Defend Event

Lackawanna College Police Academy will hold the Protect and Defend 5K Run/Walk in memory of the late Scranton Ptlm. John J. Wilding on Sunday, July 22. The race will begin and end at Courthouse Square, Scranton, with proceeds benefiting the Ptlm. John J Wilding Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Pre-registration costs $25 and day-of registration will cost $30. Participants can pre-register online for the event at Registration will be at 8 a.m. on July 22, and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m.

There will also be a Children’s Fun Run for children under age 12, led by Officer Wilding’s nine-year-old daughter Lola. Additionally, a Pre-Race Day Happy Hour at Backyard Alehouse will be held on Friday, July 20, from 5–7 p.m. Admission for the event is $20, which includes a limited open bar and food.


SS. Cyril & Methodius Rummage Sale

The eighth annual rummage sale will be held in the grade school gym of  SS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 133 River St., Olyphant, on Sept. 21, 22 and 23. Friday and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, contact Lauren Telep at (470) 383-0319 or (646 )241-9443 or Very Rev. Father Nestor Iwasis at (570) 489-2271.

Summer Concerts at Marywood

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department announces summer concerts and performances at the Calabro Delfino Amphitheatre at the Learning Commons. All performances are free and open to the public.

masksOn Sunday, Aug. 12, . at 6:30 p.m., vocalist Nicole Rasmus, accompanied by Marty Ort on piano, will perform a concert featuring a wide range of genres including: standards, jazz, Motown, Broadway, and country music.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center.

Vocalist Chris DiMattio, along with Bill Weber, retired music faculty member at Marywood University, will salute Sinatra on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. DiMattio and Weber return to the stage with a jazz band to recreate their signature performance of A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held on the main stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

A solo guitar performance will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. Mike Mizwinski, “MiZ,” is a soulful, Rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania, who is a well-rounded master of both acoustic and electric guitar. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center.

For additional information about the free summer concerts at Marywood University, visit or call (570) 348-6268.