“A welcome, fast-paced revival,” says The Baltimore Sun
It appears that Baltimore audiences have not had an opportunity to experience a professional staging of Richard II since 1832. So reports Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, which now offers a welcome, fast-paced revival a few short blocks away from a long-gone theater where Junius Brutus Booth, father of Lincoln’s assassin, performed the title role 182 years ago. -Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun Read more
Richard II is “accessible to the audience,” says MDTheaterGuide.com
“The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II should not be missed because of its historical significance and for its extraordinary production value.” - April Forrer, MDTheaterGuide.com Read more
Richard II receives a 5-star review from DCMetroTheatreArts
“While it is one of the Bard’s lesser known works, it being slightly unfamiliar creates an excellent opportunity for a refreshing night of theater – which this was! Not to take anything away from any unseen or previously staged CSC productions, but it was rewarding to spend an evening with Richard than another night with Lear, Hamlet or that Scottish King.” -Henry Cyr, DCMetroTheatreArts Read more here
On July 30, the CSC staff painted its longtime office in the Howard County Center for the Arts, and moved up the highway to Baltimore. It’s a big move, full of sentiments and hope. Our staff will miss the good company and fresh ideas of fellow artists at the arts center. We’ll miss the gallery shows, the quilters and jewelry-makers, the ballet, the symphony, the ethnic dancers, and the studio artists who were our neighbors. We’ll even miss the cheery songs and laughter of the day care that was located below us!
As we contemplate change, and how it makes everyone feel, we want to assure all of our friends in Howard County that we will return to perform outdoors for you. You’ll find us next summer, as always, outdoors in the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City. Our summer camps and school-year residencies in the county will continue, as will our CSCorps program for high school actors. With our expanding commitments this season, we won’t be producing a fall moveable show, but we will consider whether it is feasible in future years.
CSC would not be what it is today without your support. We are humbled by your loyalty and we look forward to our next summer season of picnicking with all of you. We hope to bring new friends from Baltimore with us. Also, we look forward to seeing many of your familiar faces at our upcoming performances indoors in Baltimore. You have helped us build a magnificent theater for the classics for all Marylanders. Come visit!
We also want to thank Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Howard County Recreation and Parks, the management at the Howard County Center for the Arts, the Howard County Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Howard County, many Ellicott City merchants and the Visitors’ Center, and the Howard County Delegation in the Maryland State Legislature for their longtime and continuing support.
See you in Ellicott City – in the ruins – in Summer 2015.