Winter-Spring 2018 – Fantastically Fun! 


OPEN STUDIO – Friday,  January 26, 6pm, in The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company –  Step into our new acting studio for an evening of fun, games and demonstrations for all ages. Maybe you’re dramatic. There are courses for that. Maybe you are shy on stage. There’s a course for that, too. No acting experience necessary. Bring your whole family. Meet our CSC Teaching Artists and learn about our adult and youth classes for Winter and Spring. Refreshments (and fun) provided.  RSVP HERE



RED VELVET at THE WALTERS –  Thursday, February 1, 6:30pm Celebrate February’s First Thursday and Black History Month at The Walters Art Museum with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Our actors will present pop-up performances from Othello and Red Velvet, highlighting artworks in the museum collection related to African-American culture and history, including works with connection to the great Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge. The Walters owns a magnificent Pietro Calvi bust of Othello and a portrait believed to represent the famed actor in the role of Othello. Address: The Walters, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore. IMAGE: Othello, by Pietro Calvi, 1873, now on view at The Walters Art Museum.  Details:

IRA’s SHAKESPEARE DREAM  –   Meet African-American children’s book illustrator Floyd Cooper and author Glenda Armand on  Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 6pm at The Enoch Pratt Free Library.  The Pratt presents a delightful exhibition of illustrations from the children’s book “Ira’s Shakespeare Dream,” by Armand and 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 The Merchant of Venice. Exhibition dates:  February 5 – May 27, 2018. Meet Cooper and Armand at the opening reception, Wednesday, February 7, at 6pm.  Address: 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, 21201. Phone: 410-386-5430. IMAGE: Courtesy Lee and Low Publishers. Ira’s Shakespeare Dream. Details:

MEET THE DIRECTORSunday, February 18, 1pm –  Community Conversation with Shirley Basfield Dunlap, Director of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti at Chesapeake Shakespeare.  Your ticket to the 2pm performance is your admission to this casual pre-show conversation with our director. Learn more about her theatre career and influences, and her vision for the play. She has  extensive professional experience as a director, and serves as Theatre Coordinator at Morgan State University.