Flood Relief Benefit Performances raise more than $7,000 

We’re deeply grateful to our wonderful patrons and donors for supporting our season-opening Flood Relief fundraising performances.  We are touched by your generosity and beautiful, caring spirit.  To each and every one of you who donated; to all of you who bravely defied the forecast and showed up to picnic and see the June 20 performance (which was rained out minutes after beginning); and to the sell-out crowd that filled with park with cheers  on June 21, thank you, thank you, thank you.  Together, we proved again that theatre is more than a stage: Theatre is a community and a shared experience that makes a difference. 

Patrons  who attended the rain-out on June 20 have been invited back to see the play on another night. When the rain stopped in time for the play on June 21, the Flood Benefit performance felt like a celebration!

“We could not be happier with our benefit preview performance on Thursday: a beautiful evening, a stellar show, a sellout crowd, and more than $7,000 raised for the flood relief fund managed by Community Foundation of Howard County,” said Lesley Malin, Managing Director at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. “Ellicott City has been very good to us for 16 summers and we are so lucky to be able to contribute to relief efforts with a joyful evening that our neighbors could enjoy and share with their friends and families.”

100% of your donations made with ticket orders for the June 20 and 21 flood relief benefit performances and cash donations given at the park will be given to the Howard County Community Relief Fund at the Community Foundation of Howard County.   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.  

With its quartet of mismatched lovers and a forest of fairies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an enchanting romantic comedy. Whenever mortals and fairies cross paths, mayhem follows – along with maybe the funniest scene Shakespeare ever wrote. For the summer play, the picturesque PFI Historic Park becomes ancient Athens and a nearby forest. There will be Bronze Age-inspired costumes and a rare treat: authentic music of the period. Director Gerrad Alex Taylor draws inspiration from the version of the play found in the 1600 First Quarto of Shakespeare’s works. Taylor is a CSC Associate Artistic Director and Director of The Studio at The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

SUMMER SEASON: The summer season of Shakespeare under the stars will continue in the park through closing on Sunday, July 29, 2018. For complete dates, ticket prices, and details, please visit

DIRECTIONS: Temporary road closures in the flood impact zone may cause detours from familiar routes to the park. Best route: Take Rogers Avenue to Court House Drive, and park free in the Howard County Courthouse lot. For the PFI, the best address for GPS users is 3655 Church Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jean Thompson, Communications Director, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, (office) 410-244-8571, ext. 106, (cell) 443-244-8570,

NOTE:  Outdoor performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream continue through July 29, 2018.  See the ticket calendar here.