For U.S. Veterans

The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Vet Arts Connect

are proud to present

“The Sharing”
Peace and War through Shakespeare’s Text

Sunday, June 11, 2017  at 7pm 

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater
7 South Calvert Street at Redwood Street, Baltimore MD 21202

Admission: Free 

Since April 15, 2017, a group of 22 U.S. veterans from all branches of armed services have been exploring the subjects of peace and war with CSC Teaching Artists in the Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Now they are ready to take the stage.

On Sunday, June 11, at 7pm, they will share not only the works of playwrights they’ve studied these last 10 weeks,  but also expressions of their own experiences. We are honored to present “The Sharing,” the culmination of our first Acting Ensemble Workshop for Veterans.  Please join us for this moving, personal encounter with men and women who have served our nation.

The Olive Branch and Laurel Crown workshop is a pilot project and collaboration of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Vet Arts Connect, a program of the Institute for Integrative Health. Together, we are exploring ways to use the performing arts as a positive force of personal expression and to impact their overall health and well-being. Support our veterans!

CSC Teaching Artists:  Alex Hewett and Ron Heneghan.

Parking:  There is metered parking available on Calvert Street and Redwood Street nearby. Also, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has a partner parking lot a block away. It is the Arrow Parking garage at the corner of Lombard Street and Calvert Street, with entrances on Lombard and on Water Street. Pick up a Chesapeake Shakespeare parking coupon in the theatre before you return to your car, and present it to the parking attendant so your cost will be only $5.

Directions to the theatre and to parking.

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Ron Heneghan, Director of Community Engagement, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company  410.244.8571, Ext. 113  

J.W. Rone,  Vet Arts Connect at 443-681-7618


 Background/Where We Began

BALTIMORE (March 22, 2017) – A free acting ensemble workshop course for veterans will begin April 15, 2017, at The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

Participants will explore themes of peace and war in Shakespeare’s plays during this free 10-week course culminating in a performance for family, friends and invited guests.  No acting experience is needed.  During the first session on April 15, course students may audition to perform, but there are also roles for non-performers, so come one, come all!

The course will examine the text, emotional context, issues, and themes in some of Shakespeare’s best-known history plays with plots involving war and peace. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind learning experience with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s Teaching Artists offered in association with  Vet Arts Connect, an initiative of The Institute for Integrative Health.*  

The course will meet Saturdays, April 15 through June 17, 2017, from 10am to 12:30pm.  Veterans of all branches may enroll: men and women, ages 20 to 85 (combat experience is not necessary). Admission is free. Register today!

What: Olive Branch and Laurel Crown: Peace and War through Shakespeare’s Text

Who:  Veterans, ages 20-85

Where: The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
206 E. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 – near the Inner Harbor

When: Saturdays, April 15, 2017, through June 17, 2017, from 10am-12:30pm

Admission: Free

*To help our veterans, The Institute in partnership with Vet Arts Connect program partners, is conducting an evaluation to see how participating in the arts may affect veterans’ overall health and well being.  This will be done with some simple surveys. Vet Arts Connect would like to offer a $25 gift card, as a thank you gift for your time. Support the arts for veterans!

In equal rank with the best govern’d nation;
That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
As things acquainted and familiar to us. (2 Henry IV)