This year, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) is celebrating 15 years of bringing the Bard and other notable performances to Maryland audiences. It has released its upcoming schedule of shows.
“Othello,” Sept. 16–Oct. 9
The passionate tale of a noble warrior swept up in desire and then destroyed by deceit and jealousy, William Shakespeare’s “Othello” is a monumental work. This will be CSC’s first production of “Othello,” with a cast that will reflect the international character of ancient Venice. Ian Gallanar will direct.
“It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”
“Anne of the Thousand Days,” Oct. 21–Nov. 13
“Anne of the Thousand Days,” by Maxwell Anderson, is a rich account of King Henry VIII’s scandalous pursuit of the bewitching Anne Boleyn. He betrays his queen and rends his country to possess her.
“We were king and queen, man and wife together. I keep that. Take it from me as best you can.”
“A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 2–23
Ebenezer Scrooge finds the spirit of giving in Baltimore when CSC presents Ian Gallanar’s original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story. Bring the whole family. “A Christmas
Carol” will be directed by Scott Alan Small.
“Mankind was my business! The common welfare was my business!”
“Richard III,” Feb. 10–March 5, 2017
One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains, Richard III is as fascinating as he is horrifying. He marries and murders his way to take the crown of England in this energetic and entertaining history. Directed by Ian Gallanar, “Richard III” will be set in World War I, complete with gas masks and barbed wire.
“So wise so young, they say, do never live long.”
“The Taming of the Shrew,” March 17–April 9, 2017
Is any man worthy of razor-tongued Kate? Shakespeare’s rollicking send-up of marital power struggles is as topical as it is comical, and always entertaining. Director Ian Gallanar thinks “The Taming of the Shrew” is one of the funniest plays ever written because we can all relate to the bumpy road to love.
“Will you, nill you, I will marry you.”
“The Fantasticks,” April 2–May 21, 2017
“The Fantasticks” is Chesapeake Shakespeare’s first musical, a timeless love story about a boy and girl next door nudged together by meddling fathers. Poetic, sentimental and brimming with memorable songs, it was off-Broadway’s longest-running musical. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones; music by Harvey Schmidt. Curt L. Tofteland, former producing artistic director of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, will direct.
“Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow.”
“The Tempest.” PFI Historic Park, Ellicott City, Outdoors, June 16–July 23, 2017
Shakespeare’s magnificent play of storm, shipwreck, magic and mystery, “The Tempest” is perfect for a summer’s eve in the Ruins at the Patuxent Female Institute Historic Park. Lizzi Albert, a member of CSC’s Resident Acting Company, will direct.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”
Choose a Full Season subscription and see all six plays, with savings of up to 20% off single-ticket prices, or curate your own season with a Flex Four, build-your-own subscription of four shows to fit your family and your interests.
Exclusively for all subscribers: Receive a substantial discount on tickets for “A Christmas Carol.” You’ll get the lowest price offered this year for this holiday spectacular. Discount offer good through July 31, 2016.