Sat, Jul 7, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater
7 S. Calvert Street (at Redwood Street)
Baltimore, MD 21202
Dear patrons, our friends at Orlando Shakespeare notified us today (June 18) that playwright Mark St. Germain will not be able to travel to Baltimore due to illness. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope for a future opportunity to work with him. The staged reading of his play scheduled for July 7 has been canceled. Ticketholders will receive a note from our box office. 6/18/18
Gertrude and Claudius
By Mark St. Germain
Adapted from a novel by John Updike
Commissioned by Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Saturday July 7, 2018, 7pm
All seats free, general admission seating.
(This is a staged reading followed by a talk-back with the director and actors.)
“A bloody deed – almost as bad, good mother/ As kill a king and marry with his brother”
– Hamlet by William Shakespeare
“Serving as a prequel to Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius brings a new point of view to the classic tale of guilt and revenge. The infamous couple serve as the villains in Shakespeare’s work, but are offered a new exposition in this tale of good intentions and family dysfunction. With ominous hints at the familiar story to come, Gertrude and Claudius is a play that shakes up what you thought you knew about Elsinore.” – Playbill.com
“The book illuminates questions about Shakespeare, about what a classic means and also the unexplored hills and forests that lie on either side of the path art pushes through them.” – Richard Eder, The New York Times, 2000.
Advisory: This play may contain mature content.