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Baltimore Shakespeare Factory to Continue 'Contemporaries' Series with THE SEA VOYAGE

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory to Continue 'Contemporaries' Series with THE SEA VOYAGE

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) continues its Shakespeare's Contemporaries series with its season closer, John Fletcher and Philip Massinger's rarely performed masterpiece, The Sea Voyage, October 27 through November 19. BSF's production will be the Maryland premier of this Jacobean comedy.

Tickets start at $15, plus applicable service fees, and are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, call (410) 662-9455 or visit BaltimoreShakespeareFactory.org.

The Sea Voyage begins with a storm and a shipwreck, and features a desert island, just as in Shakespeare's The Tempest. However, this island is populated - on one side by a pair of decades-long castaways that will do anything to get off of it, and on the other, fierce Amazon women who have never seen a man. The Sea Voyageboasts swashbuckling sailors, true love, and the funniest cannibalism scene ever seen onstage.

This season marks BSF's second foray into our Shakespeare's Contemporaries series, after last year's The Shoemaker's Holiday by Thomas Dekker. Along with our annual Original Pronunciation production, outdoor summer productions, and commitment to Shakespeare's staging conditions, the Shakespeare's Contemporaries series gives BSF's audiences a greater picture of theatre in 17th Century England - surprisingly, not all plays were by William Shakespeare.

BSF newcomers Dean Carlson and Allison Bloechl play the central lovers. Ann Turiano directs. BSF audiences will remember Turiano's onstage work as Prince Hal in 1 Henry IV, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, and Ophelia in Hamlet. She has previously directed for Notre Dame of Maryland, Iron Crow, and Glass Mind.


IF YOU GO:

THE SEA VOYAGE

October 27 - November 19, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm

Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before curtain.

The Great Hall at St. Mary's Community Center - 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore 21211

www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org

THE CAST (in alphabetical order):

Allison Bloechl Aminta

Kerry Brady Crocale/Surgeon

Zipporah Brown Juletta

Dean Carlson Albert

SIan Edwards Tibalt

Kathryn Falcone Rosellia

Fred Fletcher-Jackson Franville/Nicusa

Gabe Fremuth Raymond/Boatswain

Liz Galuardi Hyppolita

Jim Hart Master

Jim Knost Lamure

Betse Lyons Clarinda

David Martin Morillat

Mark Scharf Sebastian

Kas Schoeder Sailor 1

MJ Smith Sailor 2

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Ann Turiano Director

Anne Shoemaker Assistant Director

Kate Bossert Dramaturg

Heather Johnston Costume Designer

Kristen Cooley Music Director

Rachel Tilley Stage Manager

Thomas Delise Artistic Director

Chris Cotterman Associate Artistic Director


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, the theater was accessible to everyone, and BSF prides itself on continuing that tradition by presenting professional quality work at affordable prices.

BSF productions are designed to help audiences understand and enjoy Shakespeare's mastery of language and wordplay. The language of Shakespeare's works is the cornerstone of their artistic and literary merit, and BSF takes great pride in paying meticulous attention to that language in order to deliver it in such a way that makes it accessible to modern audiences. BSF productions are not notion or concept driven - we believe the language that Shakespeare gave us is all an audience needs to appreciate these works.

The core philosophy of BSF is to reproduce the staging conditions that Shakespeare used to present his plays on the stages of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. Productions use universal lighting, allowing the actors to see and interact with the audience. Just as Shakespeare's actors 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 Shakespeare's stage where virtually all female roles were played young boys or men. Productions regularly feature women playing the parts of men and men playing the parts of women. In addition, the acting companies of Shakespeare's time also liberally used doubling, when one actor may play more than one role in a play. Our actors have played as many as eight roles in a single play.

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.


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