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Opening with a timeless exploration of nationalism (Henry V), the season ramps up with one of Shakespeare’s final triumphs presented as the Bard himself would have heard it (King Lear in Original Pronunciation), followed by a summer of clever and complicated comedy (Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well That Ends Well), and closing with the first English-language play ever published by a woman (The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary).
February 14-March 8
A story of one of England’s greatest kings, Shakespeare’s Henry V is also a subtle exploration of the balance between patriotism and nationalism. As thrilling as it is thoughtful, Henry V forces us to confront how power is taken, how its wielded, and the lengths to which we go to keep it.
April 3-April 26
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
June 5-June 28
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.
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
July 10-August 2
Unfairly under-performed, All’s Well That Ends Well is one of Shakespeare’s most unique works. Helana loves Bertram, and in spite of his indifference to her she pursues his love across Europe, through war, and beyond death. Considered one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” All’s Well mixes fairytale storytelling with emotional exploration to create something truly compelling and unusual. Staged in a non-traditional venue for a uniquely intimate experience, audiences will be immersed in the action. Stay tuned for announcements on venue and tickets!
THE TRAGEDY OF MARIAM
by Elizabeth Cary
October 30-November 22
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.