Spring 2018 – Fantastically Fun! 

The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company:

TUESDAY, MAY 22 at 8pm  —  Veterans’ Ensemble presents “The Sharing” Our U.S. Veterans’ Ensemble Course participants explore themes of peace and war in Shakespeare’s plays and develop personal presentations based on their own experiences. We’re honored to partner again with Vet Arts Connect (VAC), an initiative of the Institute for Integrative Health. Please join us in the theatre for “The Sharing,” the free public presentation of the veterans’ hard work on May 22, 2018, at 8pm. Get details here.


All about Ira Aldridge

IRA’s SHAKESPEARE DREAM:  A beautiful exhibit to visit, admission free

Original Illustrations by Floyd Cooper, exhibition now to May 27, 2018 (Enoch Pratt Free Public Library, Centry Library).  The Pratt presents a delightful exhibition of illustrations from the children’s book Ira’s Shakespeare Dream, by Glenda  Armand and Floyd Cooper, (appropriate for Grades 4 – 6) in the Carla D. Hayden wing of the Central Library, on Cathedral Street in Baltimore.  The book introduces young readers to the remarkable life of Ira Aldridge, a trailblazing actor who traveled to England to pursue his goals more than 150 years ago.  He became a superstar on the world’s stages performing in plays including King Lear,  Othello, and Macbeth.  Exhibition dates:  February 5 – May 27, 2018.   Address: 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, 21201. Phone: 410-386-5430. IMAGE: Courtesy of Lee and Low Books. Ira’s Shakespeare Dream. Details:

IRA ALDRIDGE: Theatrical Trailblazer  Who was Ira Aldridge? Drawing on the resources of the Folger Shakespeare Library and a half-dozen galleries and collections around the world, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents an exhibit of playbills and images of Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to achieve international renown.  He was known for his portrayals of some of Shakespeare’s leading men.  Our exhibition, which was at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art in Baltimore in February, is now online at