From The Baltimore Sun Artsmash blog, March 20, 2015
By Tim Smith
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, which has been enjoying a well-received inaugural season in its comfy downtown Baltimore digs, will offer the light and dark sides of the Shakespearean canon during its second season there.
A late-18th-century comedy and a revival of the company’s Baltimore-centric version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which was unveiled this season, are also on the 2015-2016 lineup.
“I like the variety, with lots of different stuff going on,” said Chesapeake Shakespeare Company artistic director Ian Gallanar.
The season will open in September with “Much Ado About Nothing” in a staging that updates the action to the World War I era. “It will appeal to Shakespeare fans and ‘Downton Abbey’ fans,” Gallanar said.
He will direct the bloody “Titus Andronicus,” opening in October. The production concept can be described as “rock ‘n’ roll by David Lynch,” the director said. “It’s not for the kiddies. We like to do family-friendly shows, but there’s no way to make mutilation and gang rape family-friendly.”
Rounding out the Shakespeare side of things will be “Macbeth,” opening in April 2016. No details yet on how it will be staged.
In addition to the holiday offering of “A Christmas Carol” in December, the company will present a 1791 comedy by Irishman John O’Keeffe, “Wild Oats,” in March 2016. It’s about a troupe of strolling players headed by a fellow who speaks in quotations by Shakespeare and others. READ MORE HERE
Subscriptions to Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s 2015-2016 season go on sale May 31.