This summer, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will present two classic stories about the power of love…and the love of power: Antony and Cleopatra and Taming of the Shrew.
Presented June 7-August 4 under the stars, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company In the Ruins at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will spotlight two of William Shakespeare’s strongest women. Allow the Queen of Egypt to rule your heart for a night. Then return for laughs with razor-tongued Kate, the Shrew, in the timeless romantic comedy about the fire of passion that shapes love and relationships.
Tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $15 to $38. The summer season offers special packages and add-ons, including the ever-popular Romance package, the Picnic Table, the Table for Two (with candle light), and a two-show repertory ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com or call the box office at 410-313-8661.
Free Shakespeare for Kids: Children under 18 are admitted free to all performances in June, July and August (limit two children per paying adult, by reservation), thanks to the generosity of underwriters including The Columbia Foundation, The Law Offices of Harry B. Siegel, and New Horizons.
Gates open 90 minutes before show time for picnics, festival fun and entertainment.
Admission includes The Show Before the Show, with musicians, costume booths, period games, dances and demonstrations. Family Friendly Sundays include activities for children, such as face-painting and storytelling. Join in the fun during festival weekends that add even more value to the ticket: Calypso Carnival Islands Weekend (June 14-15-16); Salute to Independent Women (July 5-6-7); Toga Weekend (July 13-14); Puppet Festival Weekend (July 26-27-28). On Fridays, arrive at 7 p.m. for lively Extended Versions audience conversations, led by directors, cast members and special guests one hour before the show.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company - Mission
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, the Baltimore area’s third largest theater company, was founded in 2002 with a mission to create innovative performance and education programs that bring the works of William Shakespeare and other classics to life. It is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the organization for professional theaters in the United States and the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the international organization for professional Shakespeare theaters. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is committed to making the arts more accessible to the community by intensifying the connection between audiences and artists and some of the greatest works of theater ever written.
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, Md. - On a hilltop overlooking the Patapsco River Valley, the Patapsco Female Institute was founded in 1837 as an elegant finishing school for young women and was noted for its Greek Revival architecture. The school’s stabilized ruins today serve as the open-air stage for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is grateful to Howard County and the Howard County Arts Council for operating support.
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