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Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park
3655 Church Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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86 events
34 reviews
8 stars
Bring your own picnic-type chair, if you have one. The venue provides chairs, but they are less than comfy.
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18 events
14 reviews
6 stars
I love these productions and the setting
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"Much Ado About Nothing"
17 ratings
4.6 average rating
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113 events
4 reviews
30 stars
attended Jun 18 2010

I had never been to PFI Historic Park. It was delightful.
The play and the actors were excellent

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86 events
34 reviews
8 stars
attended Jun 11 2010

An entertaining evening if you want to get out and enjoy nice weather. The setting is an odd mix of plastic chairs and picnic tables and spots for blankets (limited and to the side of the stage), so it's neither a full-fledged lawn area or seating...continued

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30 events
11 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 04 2010

We really enjoyed it. They tell you to bring chairs, but there were enough chairs for everyone, so we had to find a place to stow our chairs we dragged there. The venue was lovely, high on a hill among the ruins of the Patuxant Female Institue. We...continued

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Much Ado About Nothing features the beloved characters of Beatrice and Benedick who engage in a “merry war” of caustic wit before they are tricked into admitting their well-disguised love.  Funny, sexy, and heartbreaking, it is everyone’s favorite Shakespeare comedy.  Director Ryan Whinnem’s production will be set during the 1930s Spanish Civil War.  Whinnem has been directing on area stages for more than a dozen years and served as Artistic Director at Baltimore’s well-regarded Mobtown Players, he recently completed his Masters in Theatre, Directing at Catholic University in Washington, DC.

In addition to performances, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company In-The-Ruins features pre-show entertainment that includes musicians, jugglers and stage combat demonstrations to engage the many picnickers who arrive early to enjoy the sights and sounds at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. The gates open 90 minutes before show time for picnicking.

About the Ticket Supplier: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is one of the fastest growing classics theater in the United States. The tremendous support and energy it has received has come as a result of CSC's desire to create a new way to deliver classical theater -- ways that encourage conversations between audience and artists, one that connects the organization to its community and finds unique ways to combine the traditional and the new when presenting exciting and energetic productions. Built on a model that encourages collaboration and long-term relationships with artists, CSC has built the foundation for a healthy, vibrant organization that is growing into a regional center of energy and excellence. Their ambition is to "change the way people think about Shakespeare."