Free Matinee on Friday, May 1, 10am

  • Romeo and Juliet matinee performance,  Friday, May 1, 10am
    Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater, 7 South Calvert Street

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will perform a 10am matinee of Romeo and Juliet on Friday, May 1, FREE and open to the public. Doors will open at 9:30am.

This performance of William Shakespeare’s timeless love story will run for 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission. The address is 7 South Calvert Street, at the corner of Calvert and Redwood streets. 

This is a regularly scheduled matinee performance, which would normally serve the children of the city and county school systems. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has been performing morning matinees for public and private schools on weekdays since April 7, in a continuing outreach program that supports the curricula of high school and middle school English and Drama departments. More than 5,000 students had tickets to attend these shows, and about half of the matinees were completed before recent protests and unrest prompted many city and county schools to cancel field trips. Efforts are being made to reschedule as many matinees as possible through May 12.

Tomorrow’s matinee show will go on — as our gift to our beloved city.  CSC’s faith in Baltimore and the spirit of peacemaking is unshaken. Opening the doors to the public tomorrow is our statement that art can be a healing force. At this time when Baltimore’s community yearns for peaceful gathering, the arts also provide an essential connection to our shared humanity.  Shakespeare addressed the issue of civic unrest in many of his plays, never more eloquently than in Romeo and Juliet. In the play, Verona’s prince appeals to clashing clans to find common ground and make peace on his city’s streets, as he mourns the dire cost of their failure.

CONTACT:  Jean Thompson, Communications Manager, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Thompson@chesapeakeshakespeare.com, 410-244-8571, Ext. 106