FAQs In-The-Ruins

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS,  by William Shakespeare, directed by Jenny Leopold

When are performances?
Friday, June 12 through Sunday, July 19, 2015 
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 6 p.m.

Special event: On the Fourth of July,  the performance will start at 5pm.

How do I buy tickets? 

At this time, tickets for the outdoor summer show can be purchased as part of our subscription packages for the 2014-2015 Season for Celebration.  

Get seven shows for the price of five, or five for the price of three. Subscriptions offer the best prices — and free ticket exchanges.  Click here to subscribe now.

For the summer outdoor show:  CHILDREN (18 and under) are admitted FREE with a ticketed adult (up to two children per adult). We are able to offer these free tickets due to the generosity of our fabulous sponsors.

Individual tickets for our summer show will go on sale in Spring 2015.  Online ticketing closes 3 hours prior to performance time. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

GROUPS (10 or more adults):  Call the Box Office  (410-244-8570) for more information.

For phone orders, call our Box Office (410-244-8570) Monday through Friday.

NOTE: There are no service/handling fees added to ticket price.

Can I buy tickets at the show?  If there are tickets available, you can purchase them at the door.  We accept cash, checks or credit cards.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
If you buy a subscription, you will receive an e-mail containing tickets that you can download (if you provided an e-mail addresses when you ordered the tickets).  

In the summer, we can hold individual tickets at the ticket tent in the PFI Historic Park. The ticket tent is located just inside the small gate at the PFI.  (Please note: The entrance is NOT across from Church Street – where the large sign is – to reach the ticket tent, continue up the hill to the PFI private driveway.) 

The gate will open 90 minutes before the performance (6:30pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 4:30pm on Sundays.)

Special event: On the Fourth of July, the gate will open at 3:30pm and the performance will start at 5pm.

Where do I park, and is there a shuttle?
Parking is in the Howard County Courthouse Parking Lot.
There is a shuttle to the ticket gate, or you may walk up the hill (1/5 of a mile).
Handicapped parking is available inside the park for those patrons with valid handicapped tags. Patrons with mobility issues (without a valid handicapped tag) may be dropped off inside the park.

What about seating?
There are 200 folding chairs set up. Provided there is enough space, you are welcome to bring your own chair and/or blanket.

Can I bring food to the park?
Yes!! We encourage patrons to come early and enjoy the beautiful PFI. You can eat at your seat, or enjoy your food somewhere else in the spacious, tree-shaded park.

What if I want to sit at a table?
There are several tables behind the last row of folding chairs. You can reserve a picnic table for $60 (seats up to 6 people). It will be held for you – whenever you arrive! Any tables that have not been reserved are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

We also offer a Table for Two for $29. This is a smaller (2’ round) table set up between two folding chairs in the audience. These tables are only available as a reserved item.

Can I bring wine or beer into the park?

Will there be food for sale?
There will be a food vendor on site. There are also a variety of restaurants on Main Street, Ellicott City for dine-in or take-out.

Is there anything to do before the performance?
For every show:
A half hour before every show, is The Show Before the Show – could be a musician, a belly dancer or a juggler, you just never know!

On Fridays, we have our famous Extended Versions. These are free, pre-show talks centering on issues and topics raised by the play. Attendance is optional. Discussions begin at 7pm.

Sunday shows are designated “Family Friendly Sundays.” Performances begin at 6 p.m. In addition to all our regular pre-show activities, there will be special activities geared for our younger audience members.

Can I bring my pet to the park?
No. Dogs are not permitted.

How do I get to the Howard County Courthouse Parking Lot?
From Columbia and the South:
Take Route 29 North to Route 40 East. Turn right at Rogers Avenue. After 1 mile where Rogers Avenue splits off on the right, bear left and continue straight on the main road, which becomes Courthouse Drive. This road ends at the large Courthouse parking lot.
From Baltimore and North:
Route 70 West to Route 29 South on the left. Take Route 40 East and turn right onto Rogers Avenue. Proceed as above.
From the West:
Route 70 East to Route 29 South. Take Route 40 East. Proceed as above.

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What if it rains?
We do our best to complete every performance, but sometimes, to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, we may need to cancel a performance.
If the performance has already begun, and the weather radar shows the storm will pass, we will hold the show for up to 45 minutes.

How do I find out if a performance has been cancelled, prior to the performance?
The earliest a decision to cancel a performance will be made is 2 hours before show time. We will cancel only if the forecast/radar looks completely hopeless.
Once the decision to cancel has been made:

  • The Box Office Phone (410.244.8570) message will be changed to provide notice of a cancellation.
  • We’ll Email You: If we have your email address, we’ll send notice via email.
  • We’ll Call You: If we know of our decision in time to call patrons, we’ll call as many patrons as we can. This is why it is important for us to have a phone number that will be answered on the day of performance in our system. We can’t guarantee, but we’ll try our best.

If CSC cancels a performance, what happens to my tickets?
We will exchange your tickets for another available performance so that you don’t miss a second of great theatre.  You can call our Box Office (410-244-8570) or email Audience Services Manager, Nadine Klatt, at (klatt@chesapeakeshakespeare.com) to make the exchange.  If for some reason this is not possible, we’ll present other options at that time, including donating your tickets back to CSC for a tax-deductible contribution, refunds, or other choices we may suggest.