Shakespeare. For real.
October 30-November 22
When an aging king seeks to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, he sets in motion the destruction of everything—and everyone—he holds dear. Among Shakespeare’s triumphs, King Lear shows us the insidious power of pride, the things that tear us apart, and ultimately the things that hold us together. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is proud to present this epic tragedy in original pronunciation, as Shakespeare himself would have heard it.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Perhaps Shakespeare’s most biting comedy, Much Ado About Nothing is also one of his funniest. Constantly subverting the usual comic template, Much Ado confronts us with the destructive power of rumor and innuendo while showing us just how sweet it is when two true lovers come together. With some of his most memorable characters and dialogue, Much Ado is Shakespeare at his best: masterful and timeless.
THE TRAGEDY OF MARIAM
by Elizabeth Cary
As a part of our ongoing series of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, BSF presents Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam. Telling the story of Mariam, the second wife of the Biblical King Herod, Cary’s play is a deft and thoughtful consideration of the place of women in a patriarchy. Mariam is the earliest example of an English-language play penned and published by a woman, as well as the only surviving woman-written play from the Jacobean era. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is proud to present the US premiere of Mariam on our stage.