“Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is so happy to share extraordinary news. We have acquired an historic property in Downtown Baltimore that will allow us to create a second home indoors and significantly expand our operations. With this new property, we will be able to present an eight-month season of productions and extensive after-school and weekend educational programs indoors. The building is the landmark 1885 Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building located at 200 East Redwood on the corner of Calvert and Redwood, just two blocks from Baltimore's celebrated Inner Harbor. But don't worry, outdoor Shakespeare fans! We will continue to perform a full summer season in our outdoor home at the PFI Historic Park in Howard County.
“Once we have renovated the 20,000 square foot building and, with the guidance of the notable Baltimore architectural firm Cho Benn Holback + Associates, created an unforgettable, intimate 250 seat theater, CSC's outreach to the community will increase dramatically as we add Baltimore City residents to our community of enthusiastic CSC supporters. The total project is expected to cost six million dollars.
“The building is not only historic, but immensely striking, with beautiful carved stone, arched windows, and unusual architecture. We hope to create a ‘modern Globe’ theater that will combine the intimacy of a traditional Elizabethan playhouse with a contemporary sense of design and convenience.
“As we have for ten years in Ellicott City, the new space will also offer innovative, clear, vigorous productions of Shakespeare and other classic plays and smart and thoughtful educational projects. In addition, we plan to host international arts events and festivals that will bring theater and other arts groups to Baltimore.
“A ten-minute walk from the Hippodrome and the exciting new Everyman Theatre space and a fifteen minute walk from CenterStage, our new cultural home will help create a ‘theater triangle’ in downtown Baltimore.”
“I am very excited that the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is choosing Baltimore for its new indoor home,” Batimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “This is a welcome cultural asset that strengthens downtown as a growing and vibrant neighborhood. I look forward to seeing the first show.”
Kirby Fowler, President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore echoed the sentiment: “We couldn’t be more excited about Chesapeake Shakespeare’s arrival into Downtown Baltimore. Their plans for adaptive reuse are perfect for this building, one of Downtown’s greatest historic structures. After 130 years, it’s as if this building is finally becoming what it was meant to be. The new theater will be located in the heart of the City’s fastest growing neighborhood, where it will quickly become a cultural destination for our many residents, employees, and visitors."
Renovations should begin in early 2013 with a goal of opening Baltimore's newest cultural center in early 2014.
A SUMMER OF ROMANCE: ROMEO AND JULIET & PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Our summer programming at the PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City is growing each and every year. We look forward to expanding our outdoor summer program in Howard County for many years to come. But when the weather turns colder, we'll have somewhere to get warm--our new indoor home.
This summer’s repertory season of Romeo and Juliet and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is already generating enthusiastic responses from our audiences—and tickets are selling like hotcakes! The Shakespeare Theater’s Isabelle Anderson is directing this award-winning adaptation of Jane Austen's comic and character-filled romance. Jenny Leopold, CSC’s director of the popular Twelfth Night and Love’s Labor’s Lost productions, will take the helm of Romeo and Juliet on this festival of romance, combat and poetic language. Assisting her in the production is international performance poetry artist Gayle Danley.
Bring your family, a picnic and a bottle of wine for this signature summer event.