FAQs In-The-Ruins

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS,  by William Shakespeare, directed by Scott Alan Small

When are the Summer 2015 performances?  

Friday, June 12 –  Sunday, July 19 
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 6 p.m.
Fourth of July – Special Event – performance at 5 p.m.

The gate and CSC Ticket Tent will open 90 minutes before the performances.
6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays
4:30 p.m. on Sundays

Special event: On the Fourth of July,  the performance will start at 5pm. Gates will open at 3:30pm. In addition to The Show Before the Show, CSC will present a dramatic reading from the Declaration of Independence.  Bring a picnic, enjoy the performance, and still have time to get to your favorite fireworks display.

How do I buy tickets?  Click here.  

Or call the Box Office  (410-244-8570) Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   On Saturday and Sunday the Baltimore Box Office will be closed because all staff will be at the park. We will sell tickets (based on availability) at the CSC Ticket Tent located at the park gate beginning 90 minutes before the performance. We accept cash, checks or credit cards. Shows sometimes do sell out:  We recommend that you buy your tickets in advance.

  • Children enter FREE.  Children ages 18 and under are admitted FREE to The Comedy of Errors 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.
  • Groups (10 or more adults):  Call the Box Office  (410-244-8570) for more information.
  • There are no service/handling fees added to the ticket price.

Where do I pick up my tickets? 
The Box Office sends an e-mail containing tickets that you can download (if you provided an e-mail address when you ordered the tickets).  No email?  We can hold individual tickets at the CSC Ticket Tent in the PFI Historic Park. The ticket tent is located just inside the small gate at the PFI. 

(Please note: The park 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.) 

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. You don’t have to bring your own unless you especially like carrying it. You may bring a blanket to use if there is space.

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  (Rental price does not include show tickets.  Picnic table 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, and the rental price does not include show tickets.

Please make your request to rent a table when you purchase your tickets.

Can I bring wine or beer into the park?
Yes!

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

Is there anything to do before the performance? Yes!
Enjoy the park and the pre-show music.  Children’s activities are provided. The Sunday 6 p.m. shows are designated “Family Friendly Sundays.” 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 and other pets are not permitted.

Can I grill in the park?   Sorry, no grills, candles, fireworks, or other sources of flame. We love our forested park!

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 canceled, 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.
  • Check the website: If we know of our decision in time to make an announcement, we’ll post it on our website at www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com. 

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 theater.  You can call our Box Office (410-244-8570) or email Kelly Broderick, our audience services manager, ( boxoffice@chesapeakeshakespeare.com ) with your request to make an 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.