A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Flood Relief Benefit Performances:  June 20 and June 21, 2018 

Click here for tickets to the 8pm benefit performance on Wednesday, June 20.

Click here for tickets to the 8pm benefit performance on Thursday, June 21.

Ellicott City is Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s hometown and we love going back every summer to perform at the PFI Historic Park.  Our first production in the park up the hill from Historic Main Street was in 2003 and ever since, Ellicott City’s families and businesses have warmly embraced us. Many of our patrons, summer campers, vendors, business and tourism partners, and supporters are in Howard County. Our hearts are breaking for all who are affected by the catastrophic flood, the second to devastate Main Street since 2016.  To see the historic downtown shattered just as it seemed to be coming back is so distressing.

As individuals, we are giving time and money to relief and recovery efforts. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company also is donating the net proceeds from two summer performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to flood relief. 

We are dedicating the preview performances on June 20 and 21 for the benefit of the Howard County Community Relief Fund at the Community Foundation of Howard County.

Won’t you please join us for these benefit performances of Shakespeare’s delightful romantic comedy and donate to flood relief?  All seats (adults and children) are $16, and we urge you to please donate beyond the ticket price to help our neighbors in need.

The gates will open at 6:30pm for picnics and the play will begin at 8pm at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, located on a hillside above Old Ellicott City.  For GPS users:  best address for directions is 3655 Church Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. 

Bring a crowd, a picnic, and a bottle of wine for Shakespeare under the stars, and help our neighbors recover from this terrible blow. 

100% of your contribution and the net proceeds of all ticket sales for June 20 and June 21 performances will be donated to the Howard County Community Relief Fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County, a partner in the OneECRecovery collaboration of relief and recovery programs. 


IMAGES:  Main Street 2018 flood. Source: EC Partnership in Historic Ellicott City website, John Shoemaker image.  2018 image of flood damage on Ellicott Mills Road in Howard County. Source: Howard County Government.

Click here for tickets to the 8pm benefit performance on Wednesday, June 20.

Click here for tickets to the 8pm benefit performance on Thursday, June 21.

A note to all donors: 100% of your donations made with ticket orders for the June 20 and 21 flood relief benefit performances will benefit the the Howard County Community Relief Fund, and you will receive an acknowledgement letter.  Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will also donate to the Fund all net proceeds of your ticket purchase (i.e., the full ticket face value minus any assessed credit card company fees). We are grateful to PatronManager, our technology partner, for their support of this event. 

NOTE: Our annual Free Shakespeare for Kids program will begin on Opening Night, June 22, and does not apply to benefit preview performances. We hope you’ll choose another date if you are seeking the free kids’ tickets. See the ticket calendar here.