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Grand Opening
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater

BALTIMORE (August 1, 2014) – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will wield the sword at the ribbon-cutting of the new Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014.  Our Calvert Street neighbors and the public are invited to attend the ceremony under the marquee at 7 South Calvert Street near Redwood Street.

Two weeks of Grand Opening merry-making will follow, attracting visitors from across the country as well as local dignitaries, theater patrons, and architecture groups. Several community open houses, invitational preview performances and receptions are planned. 
The centerpiece of public events will be performances of the theater company’s inaugural production in Baltimore, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, and directed by Ian Gallanar, CSC’s Founding Artistic Director.

Key dates for working press:

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, followed by a public open house and tours for the working press, will take place on Monday, September 15, 2014, at 10 a.m.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will wield the sword.  Working press may tour the theater immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, or by appointment. Please contact Jean Thompson, Communications Manager at 410-244-8570,  Ext. 106, for details.

For theater critics:  Please contact Jean Thompson  at 410-244-8571,  Ext. 106, for Media Night details and press seating.

Grand Opening Black-Tie Gala on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 6 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit outreach and educational initiatives of the nonprofit Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Tickets: $250, including a reception and evening performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Grand Opening Family Festival on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 1 p.m., will welcome children and their families with costume dress-up festivities and tours of the building. The event includes a 3 p.m. matinee performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets: $75 adults and $25 children; all proceeds will benefit outreach and educational initiatives of the nonprofit Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.


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.