Chesapeake Shakespeare Company In-The-RuinsThe Tempest, June 16 – July 23, 2017

 The 15th Season of Outdoor Theatre at PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City Opens Today

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (June 16, 2017) –  Celebrating its 15th season of theatre under the stars in Howard County’s PFI Historic Park, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Tempest, June 16-July 23, 2017.

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s magnificent island fantasy, a tale of storm and shipwreck. The sorcerer Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, live in exile on a wilderness isle populated by sprites and monsters. Prospero is the rightful Duke of Milan, but he has been usurped by his brother, Antonio, and conspirators who happen to be aboard a passing ship. Intending to expose their treachery, Prospero conjures a tempest to wreck the ship on his island. When all meet again, will there be revenge or redemption? Find out!

Our Associate Artistic Director Lizzi Albert sets The Tempest in the late 1950s. The passengers aboard the doomed ship are Rat Pack-inspired, contrasting the cosmopolitan elegance of the powerful royals with the natural beauty and mystical powers on the remote island.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 6pm.  The ticket tent and gates open 90 minutes before the performance for picnics, festival-style-fun for all ages, and Community Conversation events.  Adult tickets are $34 – $46. Senior (ages 65+) tickets are $30 – $39.  Student (ages 19 – 25) tickets are $16.

For The Tempest, free tickets are available for children ages 18 and under (two free kids’ tickets per paid adult ticket), thanks to generous underwriters including BGE, Community Foundation of Howard County, and M&T Bank. At Chesapeake Shakespeare Company In-The-Ruins, Sundays are Family Fun Days, with kid-friendly activities including face-painting and costume dress-up, supported by media partners Baltimore’s Child magazine and the Baltimore Sun Media Group.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s first performance in the PFI Historic Park was Romeo and Juliet, in 2003. The Tempest is the company’s 30th production in the park. This summer, our 50,000th outdoor theatre patron will walk through the gate. The company has built an award-winning theatre inside a landmark Baltimore bank and performs there year-round, but returns each summer to Ellicott City.

“We may have a home with a roof in Baltimore City, but the PFI Historic Park will always be our outdoor home,” says Lesley Malin, Managing Director.

DETAILS:  The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, directed by Lizzi Albert

TO BUY TICKETS: Purchase tickets online at or call the Box Office in Baltimore, Tuesdays through Fridays, 11am – 3pm, at 410-244-8570.  We strongly recommend advance purchases. The ticket tent at the park gate is open only on the dates of performances, 90 minutes before the show.  For group ticketing or Blue Star military discount, call the Box Office. All seating is general admission. Picnic tables and café tables are available for rent.

ADDRESS AND PARKING: Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. For GPS users, the best address is 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043. There’s free parking and a shuttle to the park at the Howard County Courthouse lot.

DAYS and HOURSGates open 90 minutes before show time for picnics and festival-style fun. For performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, gates will open at 6:30pm and the show will begin at 8pm. For performances on Sundays, gates will open at 4:30pm and the show will begin at 6pm.

PICNICS:  Picnics are welcome. Wine and beer are allowed in the park. Open seating under the stars: Use our folding chairs or your blanket, space permitting. No pets or grills, please. For park details and weather policy, visit:

SPECIAL EVENTS: Arrive early for the festival-style experience. Your tickets include admission to pre-show fun, including Family Fun Days activities for kids on Sundays. For a list of pre-show events and activities, visit

Chesapeake Shakespeare 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 international Shakespeare Theatre Association and an affiliate partner with the Folger Shakespeare Library. 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.   

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, Md. On a hilltop overlooking the Patapsco River Valley, the Patapsco Female Institute was founded in 1837 as an elegant finishing school for young women and was noted for its Greek Revival architecture. The school’s stabilized ruins today serve as the open-air stage for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Howard County Recreation and Parks operates and maintains the park.

Sponsors Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is grateful to Howard County Government and the Howard County Arts Council for operating support. Additional funders and partners include the Maryland State Arts Council, William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund – Creator of the Baker Artist Awards, Baltimore’s Child, Maryland Public Television, WTMD, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Creative Baltimore Fund, The Arts Insurance Program, Gentleman Jack, and Southway Builders. Our Free Shakespeare for Kids underwriters for The Tempest include BGE, M&T Bank, Community Foundation of Howard County, and media partners Baltimore Sun Media Group and Baltimore’s Child magazine, which also support our Family Fun Days.