Saturday, June 23, 2012



Blythe Coons as Elizabeth Bennet<br />
Blythe Coons as Elizabeth Bennet

CSC is often asked if they do other stuff besides Shakespeare. Yeah, sure, you bet. About 1/4 of their shows are non-Shakespeare. They're thrilled to bring Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to life this summer at the PFI.

CSC offers a sparkling version of Jane Austen's witty and beloved romance (the adaptation the Stratford festival produced), complete with glorious Regency-era costumes. Pride and Prejudice has become one of the most popular adaptations on the theater circuit and you'll see why with this lively, funny production.

Pride and Prejudice isn't just chick-lit either. Sure, it's one of the greatest romances in all English literature, but it's also got some of the funniest, most colorful characters you'll find this side of Shakespeare and some of the wittiest, smartest writing as well.

Opening weekend is Jane Austen Weekend, too! They've got lots of special events and Extended Versions throughout the summer for you to have a more in-depth experience.

Tickets are on sale now, and remember, kids under 18 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The show alternates with Romeo and Juliet through the end of July.

Bring a picnic, your family, wine or lemonade, and enthusiasm for innovative theater to the top of the hill in historic Ellicott City.The gates open 90 minutes before show time so folks can enjoy the picturesque setting and the "Show Before the Show" performed by a variety of artists from around the region and the PreShow Faire which will feature Spoken Word games, a costume tent, and Jane Austen shuttlecock.

It's become Historic Ellicott City's Signature Summer Event and a tradition with families from throughout the region. They hope you'll make it one too.


Romeo and Juliet Runs In Repertory Until July 29

Here's what some of our patrons have been saying about this innovative, high-energy production of Shakespeare's most famous play.

Before the show on Sunday night, a number of young poets performed their work to a multi-generational audience. I met a three year old, a gentleman in his eighties and a rather extensive group of teens.
The taste of “slam poetry” within the design of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet catapulted us into Verona and held us captive as the drama unfolded. Grown-ups and children followed the action on and off the stage and facial expressions mirrored the events and the heartache portrayed throughout the story.

Heartfelt gratitude to CSC for creating an evening of delightful entertainment, powerful theater and an experience of what it feels to stretch the art of Shakespeare into the 21st century without losing the magic of the past.—Gena Rotas

What a simply lovely way to spend a Sunday evening among the Ruins. While my son read his work at the show before the show, it was so nice to sit back from the 'rough' of the day under a clear blue sky to enjoy the trials of Romeo and Juliet. Superb acting, embodying their roles with the passion and spirit of true thespians. Director Jenny Leopold is tried and true to her word about bringing out the best.—Carla Du Pree

WHEN: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 6 PM
WHERE: Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park; overlooking Historic Ellicott City
TICKETS: Adults: $36; Special Thursday Adult Rate: $29; Seniors: $29
Special rate for students under 25 for Thursdays and Fridays: $15
Children 18 and under: FREE (limit two per paying adult)
Two Show Package: $54 (pre-orders only)
Friday Tables For Two: $30; Picnic Tables: $60
Group Tickets: 410.313.8661
All ticket service fees are included in price
Jane Austen Weekend June 22-24

Extended Version Schedule