Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Presents Much Ado About Nothing

Season of Malice & Misadventure continues with Shakespeare’s sparkling romantic comedy

One of William Shakespeare’s best known and best loved stories about the whimsies and caprices of love, Much Ado About Nothing kicks off the duet of summer shows staged by the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory for 2014.

Written near the middle of his career, Much Ado finds Shakespeare playing with some of his favorite themes: love, identity, and the absurdity that comes when sparks fly between lovers. Shakespeare brings all his considerable talents to bear, creating a play that bristles with sharp wit, driven by characters that hilariously discover something about themselves and the nature of love.

“Much of what we understand today as ‘romantic comedy’ in films and elsewhere owes a large debt to Much Ado,” says Factory Artistic Director Tom Delise. “Audiences have been laughing at and rooting for Benedick and Beatrice for more than 400 years, yet the appeal of their would-be romance remains as fresh and funny as ever.”

“Much Ado About Nothing is startlingly relevant today,” said Much Ado Director Chris Cotterman. “Shakespeare shows us life and love in a hyper-social society, where everyone is watching and everyone is judging. With today’s proliferation of social media and constant connectivity, we’ve put ourselves on display 24/7, to be watched and judged. This is our own world Shakespeare is showing us.”

Much Ado will be staged at three venues in July and August, including eight shows outdoors in the Meadow at the John’s Hopkins University Evergreen Museum and Library. (Full show schedule below.)

Much Ado is the second show of the Factory’s 2014 four-show Season of Malice & Misadventure. Measure for Measure is on tap for later this summer, with The Comedy of Errors, wrapping up the season this fall. The Factory recently completed its successful 14-show run of Richard III in April.

Remaining Shows for Baltimore Shakespeare Factory 2014 Season

Pre-show entertainment begins about 30 minutes before the start of each show.

Much Ado About Nothing

Friday July 18 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Saturday July 19 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Sunday July 20 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 4:00
Friday July 25 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Saturday July 26 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Sunday July 27 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 4:00
Saturday August 2 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Sunday August 3 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 4:00
Friday August 8 Boordy Vineyards* 7:30
Saturday August 9 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Sunday August 10 St. Mary’s Community Center 4:00
(Saturday, August 2 will also feature a 4 p.m. performance of Measure for Measure)

Measure For Measure

Friday August 1 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Saturday August 2 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 4:00
Friday August 8 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Saturday August 9 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Sunday August 10 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 4:00
Friday August 15 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Saturday August 16 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 7:30
Sunday August 17 Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library 4:00
Friday August 22 Boordy Vineyards* 7:30
Saturday August 23 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Sunday August 24 St. Mary’s Community Center 4:00
Friday August 29 Boordy Vineyards* 7:30

Comedy of Errors

Friday November 7 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Saturday November 8 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Sunday November 9 St. Mary’s Community Center 2:00
Friday November 14 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Saturday November 15 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Sunday November 16 St. Mary’s Community Center 2:00
Friday November 21 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Saturday November 22 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Sunday November 23 St. Mary’s Community Center 2:00
Friday December 5 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Saturday December 6 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Sunday December 7 Boordy Vineyards* 2:00
Friday December 12 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Saturday December 13 St. Mary’s Community Center 7:30
Sunday December 14 Boordy Vineyards* 2:00
Sunday December 21 Boordy Vineyards* 2:00

VENUE INFORMATION FOR All SHOWS

Evergreen Museum and Library is located at 4545 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210, just north of the intersection of Cold Spring Lane and Charles Street and Loyola University.

St. Mary’s Community Center is located in Hampden at 3900 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211.

*All ticketing arrangements for Boordy Vineyards performances are to be made directly with Boordy. Call (410) 592-5015 for reservations, which are strongly recommended as limited seating is available. Boordy is located at 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD 21082.

For up-to-date information, the Factory can be contacted at 410-921-WILL(9455) or box.office@TheShakespeareFactory.com.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students/teachers/seniors, FREE for children Grade 5 & under.

 

Baltimore Humane Society: Homeless Dogs Star as Shakespearean Actors

March 26, 2014- Reisterstown, MD – The homeless dogs of Baltimore Humane Society will be starring in Shakespeare’s Richard III this spring!  Premiering Wednesday, March 28th, The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s production of Richard III will include an adoptable canine as part of its acting troupe.

Jazz is the first of the adoptable canines who will be co-starring in the play taking the role of young Richard’s pet dog.  The canine thespian is a year and a half old pit bull terrier mix known at the shelter as “quite the gentleman.”  He loves attention and a good cuddle so he’s predicted to be a great team player and a popular favorite with the Shakespeare Factory.

The Shakespeare Factory is committed to helping both Jazz and all the homeless animals at Baltimore Humane Society.  It is doing all it can to get them adopted including a full page actor’s bio in the playbill and maintaining a B’more Humane information table at all the shows.

Baltimore Humane Society will be sharing the stage with The Shakespeare Factory throughout the rest of the year for several different plays.  Different dogs and/or cats will be appearing in the roles at each of the performances.

Richard III will be performed beginning March 28th at The Great Hall Theatre, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore.  Catch the show for a free preview on Thursday, March 27th at 7:30pm.  There is also a press review on the evening of March 26th. The show runs through April 19th.

For more information or tickets visit theshakespearefactory.com or call 410-921-WILL(9455).  Anyone who sees Jazz or any of the other Baltimore Humane Society actors will get half off the adoption fee if they come to adopt the actor and mention it when they fill out an application.

About the Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services.  We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations.  For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit www.bmorehumane.org or call410-833-8848.

The Shakespeare Factory Players Present: As You Like It

WHO:                        The Shakespeare Factory Players

WHAT:                       As You Like It  by William Shakespeare

WHEN/WHERE:

Press Preview  Wed.  8/24  8PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
811 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Fri. 8/26        7PM               Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot)
3 N. Main St., Mt. Airy MD 21771

Sat. 8/27      1&5PM          Patterson Park             Raindate: 8/28, 1pm
Patterson Place/Eastern Ave.,
Baltimore, MD

Sat. 9/3         1&5PM          Westminster City Park
Sun. 9/4       2PM             Longwell Ave, Westminster, MD 21157

Mon. 9/5      4PM               Wyman Park
Wyman Park Dr./Remington Ave., Baltimore, MD

Sat. 9/10      1PM               Millard Cooper Park
Springfield Ave./Cooper Dr., Sykesville, MD 21784

Sat. 9/10      7:30PM         Emmanuel Episcopal Church
811 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Sun. 9/11     12PM             Federal Hill Park      (following The Race to Remember)
Key Highway/Battery Ave., Baltimore, MD

Fri. 9/16        8PM               St. John’s Episcopal Church
11040 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705

Sat. 9/17      4PM               Sumpter Park      Raindate: 9/24, 4pm
Robert St./Jordan St., Baltimore, MD

Sun. 9/18     2PM               South Branch Park
W. Friendship Rd/just past Howard County Line, Sykesville, MD

*PreShow Jam Session and Kids Activities begin 30 minutes prior to Curtain

HOW (Much!): This is a FREE Performance – suggested Donation $10/adult

The Shakespeare Factory Players (SFP) are bringing free love to the Forest of Arden in their playful interpretation of the Bard’s As You Like
(Carroll County & Baltimore, Maryland)  Close out the summer with another fun and family friendly presentation from The Shakespeare Factory!  From August 26th to September 18th SFP is touring Carroll, Baltimore, and Prince George’s County (like players of old.)  At each show the audience becomes true members of the Performance Ensemble in The Forest of Arden through the SFP’s trademark “Original Practices Presentation.”  It features maximum audience interaction and special attention to Shakespeare’s language so viewers of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy this comedy masterpiece WITHOUT FEAR!  As an added twist, SFP has set the show in the late sixties to emphasize the free love vibe of the script.  The play’s many period songs have been replaced with some folk favorites so the audience can sing along.  SFP encourages audience members to join us 30 minutes prior to Curtain for a Jam Session and FREE kids’ activities.  Visit SFP online at theshakespearefactory.com for a complete list of venues.

Shakespeare Factory Artistic Director Tom Delise presents a fun and audience friendly version of Shakespeare’s comedy masterpiece, As You Like It.  SFP’s use of audience/actor interaction, contemporary musical performances, and cross gender casting creates a unique and festive atmosphere for our production.  By turning the banished Lords in the Forest of Arden into a Free Love Hippie Commune, we make the play more accessible to a modern audience and emphasize the MANY crazy romances of the play.

You see, Orlando loves Rosalind (and isn’t afraid to say so with public displays of really bad poetry.)  Rosalind loves Orlando, but she’s dressed as a boy, so Phebe thinks she loves her/him(?).  Silvius loves Phoebe (but no one’s really sure why) and Touchstone loves Audrey, who also loves him, but where does that leave William who loves her?  Did we mention Celia ends up in love with Oliver (who’s sort of the bad guy) while Duke Senior loves the woods, and Jaques just loves to be melancholy?

As You Like It features some of Shakespeare’s most charming characters.  There’s the Quick witted cousins, Rosalind and Celia, delightfully goofy Orlando, the fantastic fool Touchstone, and the hilariously depressed Jacques, who reminds the audience “All the World is a stage…”

Our Company adapts each production to the unique venues where we tour and is the only company in the area to offer consistent FREE educational opportunities in conjunction with each show.  For As You Like It, Ensemble Members will participate in a talk back with the audience after every performance.  FREE performance activities for children (5-15) and a Jam Session for adults (16+) will be held 30 minutes prior to every performance.

Ensemble Members for this Production are:  (SFP Company Members)-Jess Behar, Kelly Dowling, Barbara Madison Hauck,  Jenn Mikulski, Ian Blackwell Rogers, Chris Ryder, Jim Stimson  AND  Frank Mancino, Rick Lyon-Zaiden  Joel Ottenheimer, Kristina Szilagyi, Ann Turiano PLUS (Interns) Kelly Graff , Michael Kreinar, and Nick Seese

The Shakespeare Factory is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to life for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. We financially support three separate companies that target multiple age groups and have the following major objectives:

  • Create performances that inspire audiences to the wonder of Shakespeare’s language
  • Use Shakespeare’s work to educate and entertain people of all ages in our community
  • Create “Original Practices” performances that recreate, whenever possible, the original staging conventions of Shakespeare’s time

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Kicks of 2014 Season with Richard III

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Season of Malice & Misadventure begins with Shakespeare’s unforgettable recounting
of politics, blood and villainy in the War of the Roses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2014
Press Release PDF >>

BALTIMORE – The story of a man’s lust for power and his ruinous taste for intrigue, Richard III comes to Baltimore this spring to kick off the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s 2014 season.

Written early in Shakespeare’s career, the play tells the story of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who ruled England for just two years until his death in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Set in the waning days of the War of the Roses – the bloody strife between the Houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England – Richard III takes its audience into the inner circle of royal politics, where betrayal, paranoia, and revenge were the norm.

“Richard was a product of his world,” says Factory Artistic Director Tom Delise, who is directing Richard III. “He is commonly seen as a villain or a viper. But he was operating in a nest of vipers.”

Richard III is the opening show of the Factory’s 2014 Season of Malice & Misadventure. Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure are on tap for summer, with The Comedy of Errors, presented in the fall, to round out the Shakespeare shows. A new version of the classic tale of Cinderella is scheduled for the Holiday season.

“We pride ourselves on attempting to re-create the staging practices that were enjoyed by Elizabethan audiences of the Bard’s day,” Delise said. “Our 2014 season will display the best drama, wit and language that Shakespeare has to offer.”

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Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Is Pleased to Announce Its 2013 “Season Of Magic And Mayhem,” Featuring Four of William Shakespeare’s Most Iconic Works

BALTIMORE, MD – Star-crossed lovers, a tragically-tortured mind, mixed-up love and fairy magic, and a sorcerer’s storm of vengeance—experience all of these adventures at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory beginning April 6, 2013 and wrapping up December 29, 2013.

The company’s 2013 Season begins with Romeo and Juliet, followed by Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest.” As we approach the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016,” says Artistic Director, Tom Delise, “the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory wants to bring Baltimore audiences the best of Shakespeare—and these four plays can certainly be considered among Shakespeare’s greatest hits.” Baltimore Shakespeare Factory continues its December tradition of staging a Holiday show with their production of The Nutcracker (an original Holiday panto) to close the season.

One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed love torn apart by passion and vengeance. The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory will present Romeo and Juliet on its Elizabethan-style stage Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout April.

April 6 – April 27
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s
3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211

Considered by many to be the greatest play ever written, Hamlet is a tragedy of murder and revenge on the fringes of sanity. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s Hamlet runs for one weekend indoors and three weekends outdoors in the Meadow at the Evergreen Library and Museum. Guests are welcome to picnic on the lawn prior to and during the show.
July 12 – July 14
The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s
3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211
July 18 – August 4
The Meadow at Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library
4545 N. Charles, Baltimore, 21210
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Among Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the course of true love from the halls of Athens to the court of the fairies, from waking life into the realms of dream.

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s outdoor performances of Shakespeare continue at Evergreen into August with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which closes with one weekend on the Elizabethan-style stage at St. Mary’s.
August 2 – August 18

The Meadow at Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library 4545 N. Charles, Baltimore, 21210
August 23 – 25
The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s

3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, is a story of sorcery, revenge, and—ultimately— forgiveness. The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory presents The Tempest as its 3rd annual actor-ensemble- directed production—the show opens after only a few hours of rehearsal and no director.
November 8 – November 17
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s
3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211

For the second year, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory closes its season with a Holiday show from outside of Shakespeare’s canon. This year, they bring the classic story of the The Nutcracker to life in the tradition of the classic British “panto”, a form of Holiday entertainment that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Weekends in December – Dates and Times TBA The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s
3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, 21211

About The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory: Uncommon Shakespeare for the Common Man

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) is dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare to life for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. In Shakespeare’s time (1564-1616), the theater was accessible to everyone, and The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory prides itself on continuing that tradition by presenting professional quality work at affordable prices.

BSF productions bring Shakespeare’s works to life in a way that is accessible to modern audiences without compromising the cornerstone of their artistic and literary merit—Shakespeare’s original language. BSF is built on a love of language, and productions are designed to not only help audiences understand Shakespeare’s words, but to love them, too.

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Is Shakespeare as He’s Meant to Be Seen

BSF productions reproduce the staging conditions that Shakespeare used to produce his plays on the Elizabethan stages of the 1590s. Productions use universal lighting, allowing the actors to see and interact with the audience. Just as Shakespeare’s actors would have entertained audiences with the songs of the day, BSF actors perform modern music (thematically related to the show) prior to the show and during intermission. BSF also makes liberal use of cross-gender casting as a nod to the conventions of the Elizabethan stage—since women weren’t allowed to perform in Shakespeare’s time, all his female roles were originally played by boys. Productions regularly feature women playing the parts of men and men playing the parts of women.

Charm City’s Hometown Shakespeare

After spending several years as a touring company without a permanent venue, The Shakespeare Factory is now proud to be at home in Baltimore producing five shows a season. BSF also actively partners with local businesses. Adoptable dogs from the Baltimore Humane Society are featured in each show (City Paper recognized BSF’s use of adoptable animals in its 2012 Best of Baltimore issue); local wine and beer are served at every show. BSF also continues to expand its outreach into the community, offering programs in local schools and libraries, as well as extensive summer camp programs for local elementary, middle, and high school students. The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is a 501(c)3 non- profit organization and a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for Baltimore Shakespeare Factory productions are available online at: theshakespearefactory.com
Or by calling 410-921-WILL (9455)
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.

*St. Mary’s Outreach Center and the Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library are both independent non-profit organizations and not directly affiliated with the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. Please address all correspondence directly to Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.

The BSF Players Present: Macbeth

WHO:                        The BSF Players

WHAT:                       Macbeth  by William Shakespeare

WHEN/WHERE:

Thurs.  4/12  7:30pm (Press Preview)
5$ tickets for Students, Teachers, and Artists
The Great Hall Theatre
St. Mary’s Outreach Center
900 Roland Ave., Baltimore, MD

Fri. 4/13        6:30pm (Selected scenes)
Shakespeare’s Birthday Gala
The Carriage House, Evergreen Museum & Library
4545 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 

Sat. 4/14      1pm Special Pay What You Will” Performance
                                         The Old Parish House
                                         4711 Knox Rd., College Park, MD                                                                                         

                7:30pm St. John’s Episcopal Church
                                          11040 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, MD

Sun. 4/15     4pm Ascension Episcopal Church
                                          23 N. Court St, Westminster, MD

Fri. 4/20      7:30pm The Great Hall Theatre

Sat. 4/21      2 & 7:30pm The Great Hall Theatre

Sun. 4/22     2pm The Great Hall Theatre

Fri. 4/27        7:30pm The Great Hall Theatre

Sat. 4/28      2 & 7:30pm The Great Hall Theatre                 

*PreShow Activities begin 30 minutes prior to Curtain

 

HOW (Much!): $20 for adults, $15 for Students/Seniors, Grades 5 and under free*

*This is a TRAGEDY, a bloody one, parents are advised to consider the age and temperament of children attending.
$5 Discount on PRE-PURCHASED tickets. Visit theshakespearefactory.com for details!

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s Players try their luck with the famously cursed Scottish play, Macbeth!
(Baltimore, Maryland)  The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) is thrilled to be bringing the Bard back to Baltimore with an engaging production of his popular tragedy Macbeth.  From April 12th to 28th BSF will perform at The Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s Outreach Center AND offer tour stops in Carroll and Prince George’s County.  Through the BSF’s use of Shakespearean Staging Conditions the audience will enter the world of the play as, not just observers, but participants!  BSF’s focus on Shakespeare’s language ensures that all audience members will understand the twists and turns of this supernatural thriller and find some unexpected moments of humor!  Performances at The Great Hall will also feature BSF’s “Adoptable Pets Onstage” program (in conjunction with the Baltimore County Humane Society.)  Each night will showcase some terrific animals “waiting in the wings” for a forever home at the Humane Society Shelter. BSF encourages audience members to join us 30 minutes prior to Curtain for Preshow entertainment and Ensemble Interaction!

The Production is directed by Shakespeare Factory Artistic Director Tom Delise.  Ensemble Members include:  (BSF Company Members)- Kerry Brady, Kelly Dowling, Barbara Madison Hauck, Rick Lyon-Vaiden, Jenn Mikulski, Ian Blackwell Rogers, Joey Sauthoff, Jim Stimson, Kristina Szilagyi, Frank Vince and Katheryn Zoerb.

Visit BSF online at http://theshakespearefactory.com for a complete list of venues and additional information.

The Shakespeare Factory is a member fund of The Community Foundation of Carroll County, and a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.  The Factory is dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to life for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and has the following major objectives:

Create performances that inspire audiences to the wonder of Shakespeare’s language

Use Shakespeare’s work to educate and entertain people of all ages in the communities we serve

Present  performances that use the staging conditions of Shakespeare’s time to illuminate the plays in new ways for a modern audience.

The Shakespeare Factory Players Present: Twelfth Night

WHO: The Shakespeare Factory Players

WHAT: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

WHEN/WHERE: Touring Multiple Venues 12/2-12/11

Fri. 12/2 7:30PM
The Church of the Holy 
Comforter
130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville, MD 21093

Sat. 12/3 7:30PM, Sun. 12/4 2PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
811 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Fri. 12/9 7:30PM, Sun. 12/11 2PM
Ascension Episcopal Church
23 N. Court St., Westminster MD 21157

Sat. 12/10 2 & 7:30PM

The Old Parish House
4711 
Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740

*PreShow entertainment begins 30 minutes prior to Curtain

HOW (Much!): $20 Adults, $15 Students /Seniors, FREE Grade 5 & Under

***The 12/10 performances are “Pay What You Will” (sponsered by The College Park Arts Exchange) Seating is limited, reservations recommended

$5 discount per ticket when pre-paid

tickets@theshakespearefactory.com 410-218-1479

 

Worried the Bard has vanished from Baltimore? Have no fear, The Shakespeare Factory Players (SFP) are here to kick off the holiday season with another fun and fast paced production! From Dec. 2nd to Dec. 11th audiences can enjoy some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters in his comedy masterpiece,Twelfth Night. SFP is excited to continue it’s tradition of bringing quality Shakespeare to Baltimore and the surrounding counties. Since 2008 SFP has performed at over a dozen area venues, re-connecting modern audiences to Shakespeare through the use of classical staging conventions. Universal lighting, audience interaction, and contemporary music illuminate Shakespeare’s work in a whole new way for a whole new audience. Viewers of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy this production WITHOUT FEAR! SFP encourages audience members to join us 30 minutes prior to Curtain for Pre-show entertainment. Visit SFP online at theshakespearefactory.com for a complete list of venues.

Twelfth Night is a fan favorite due to the presence of some of Shakespeare’s cleverest characters. After her twin Sebastian is lost in a shipwreck and she finds herself alone in the land of Allyria, Viola is forced to dress as a boy and serve the Duke Orsino. Orsino is head over heels in love with the disdainful Olivia. Can Viola help Orsino win Olivia’s love when she wants him for herself? How will Viola handle Olivia’s infatuation with her alter-ego Cesario? Will Olivia’s drunken Uncle, Toby Belch, throw a wrench in the works with his schemes? Also featured are favorite fool, Feste, and the original pompous butler, Malvolio.

This performance is an “Ensemble Experiment” for SFP. Actors received their scripts several months ago and were responsible for text work and memorization BEFORE rehearsals began. They joined together for 1 week of rehearsals prior to the opening of the show (18 hours of rehearsal total.) The Actors were responsible for all directing their own scenes, choosing costumes, music, etc. This is the epitome of Shakespearean Staging Conventions as the modern position of “Director” did not exist. In order to meet the demands of their audience (and earn a living) actors had to produce new works quickly and often!

Our Company adapts each production to the unique venues where we tour and is the only company in the area to offer consistent FREE educational opportunities in conjunction with each show. For Twelfth Night Ensemble Members will participate in a talk back with the audience after every performance.

Ensemble Members for this Production are:(SFP Company Members)- Barbara Madison Hauck, Bess Kaye, Rick Lyon-Zaiden, Frank Mancino, Jenn Mikulski, Joel Ottenheimer, Ian Blackwell Rogers, Chris Ryder, Jim Stimson, Kristina Szilagyi, Ann Turiano and Frank Vince

The Shakespeare Factory is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to life for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. We financially support three separate companies that target multiple age groups and have the following major objectives:

-Create performances that inspire audiences to the wonder of Shakespeare’s language

-Use Shakespeare’s work to educate and entertain people of all ages in our community

-Present performances that use the staging conventions of Shakespeare’s time to illuminate the plays in new ways for a modern audience.

Spring 2011: The Winter’s Tale

Media Contact: Kelly Dowling Phone: 410.346.7106
Email: kdowling@hughes.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 1, 11

Pictures will be available under the Press link at www.theshakespearefactory.com. Starting Wed. 2/16/2011

WHO: The Shakespeare Factory Players

WHAT: The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

WHERE & WHEN:

Old St. Paul’s Church (233 Charles St Baltimore, MD) Fri. 3/11 Sat. 3/12 8PM

Falvey Hall @ Maryland Institute College of Art‐MICA‐

(1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD) Fri. 3/18 Sat. 3/19 8PM

Baldwin’s Station (7618 Main Street, Sykesville, MD) Sun. 3/20 6PM

Carroll Arts Center (91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD) Thurs. 3/24 7:30PM

Century High School, Cafeteria (355 Ronsdale Road, Sykesville, MD) Sun. 3/27 3PM

Shakespeare Factory Press Release

*PreShow Entertainment begins 15 minutes prior to Curtain
*FREE Performance Workshops (ages 5‐15) and Lectures (ages 16+) begin 45

minutes prior to Curtain on 3/12, 3/19, 3/24, 3/27