After careful consideration, and in light of the curfew imposed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is choosing to cancel evening performances on Thursday, April 30; Friday, May 1; and Saturday, May 2.
At this time we are planning on performing the Sunday, May 3, matinee and all performances scheduled between May 7 and May 10.
We are offering liberal ticket exchanges for Sunday, May 3 – Sunday, May 10, if you would prefer to see Romeo and Juliet the final week.
We hope very much that you will be able to exchange your tickets for one of the remaining Romeo and Juliet performances. They are:
Sunday, May 3, at 2 pm
Thursday, May 7, at 8 pm
Friday, May 8, at 8 pm
Saturday, May 9,at 8 pm
Sunday, May 10, at 2 pm (Mother’s Day!)
To reschedule your ticket, please contact the Box Office with your preferred date at:
If you cannot reschedule your visit, the donation of the ticket cost will go to support our many outreach programs, including our educational matinees.
We have been in constant communication with the Mayor’s Office and the Downtown Partnership Safety Coalition, and our decision to cancel reflects our goal of assisting the city’s effort to keep streets clear for safety efforts to continue. Many of you have called us and expressed discomfort with coming to the Inner Harbor at this time. Due to the length of our show, we also want to ensure that our audience, cast, and crew members can get home without anxiety of breaking the curfew.
Our commitment to Baltimore is unshaken and we believe that the arts are more important than ever at this difficult time. The arts are about shared experiences and can be a healing force. Shakespeare spoke eloquently about the cost of civic unrest and the need for peaceful streets to sustain precious communities, nowhere more eloquently than in Romeo and Juliet. That’s why we urge you to see this production. We have already performed this play for 2,000 schoolchildren during our school matinees. Their enthusiastic and thoughtful responses give us all hope that art can change minds and hearts.
We are working closely now with school systems to reschedule the student matinees canceled by school closings and by field trip cancellations, as we believe this work is among our highest missions as artists.
We ask for your patience as we process the hundreds of phone calls and emails that we will be receiving in the next few days. Thank you for your understanding.
Lesley Malin, Managing Director
Ian Gallanar, Founding Artistic Director
Kelly Broderick, Audience Services Manager