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Baltimore Shakespeare Factory to Present HAMLET & MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Begin. 7/12

Join the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory in The Meadow at Johns Hopkins University's beautiful Evergreen Museum & Library for two of Will's most popular works.

According to Artistic Director Tom Delise "HAMLET is not simply the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark -- it is also a ghost story, a detective story, a love story, a story of power and ambition, a revenge story, and even at times, a comedy." Through our signature audience interaction, The Factory literally invites viewers to respond to the many questions raised by the play. Viewers who have always wanted to have their opinion heard on whether we should BE or NOT BE will finally have a chance to weigh in! The Factory Ensemble's intense work with the text finds unexpected humor and provides clarity for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. HAMLET runs at multiple venues July 12-August 9.

Providing some additional comedic relief is A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Co-Director Chris Cotterman explains "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is one of Shakespeare's most beloved-and most linguistically adventurous-comedies. MIDSUMMER is a fairy tale (one that predates the Grimms by 200 years or so). Shakespeare sends his characters into the woods, and what they find-both in the forest and in their hearts-is darker and weirder than they could imagine. Weaving together threads from classical mythology, pagan folklore, and Elizabethan-era working life, Shakespeare creates his very own Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy-a delirious exploration of jealousy, identity, and the course of true love." MIDSUMMER runs at multiple venues August 2-25.

The cast & crew of HAMLET are: Jessica Behar, Chris Cotterman, Tom Delise, Kelly Dowling, April Forrer, Hugh Hill, James Miller, Amy Parochetti, Ian Blackwell Rogers, Chris Ryder, Joey Sauthoff, Jim Stimson, Ann Turiano, Katherine Vary, Frank Vince, & Tegan Williams

The cast & Crew of MIDSUMMER are: Zach Brewster-Geisz, Lisa Bryan, Lee Conderacci, Chris Cotterman, Lisa Davidson, Tom Delise, Shaina Higgins, Lorraine Imwold, Rick Lyon-Vaiden, Tanner Medding, Joel Ottenheimer, Laura Rocklyn, Jenna Rossman, Joey Sauthoff, Lonnie Simmons, & Emily Sucher

All summer performances feature our Baltimore Humane Society Dog Co-stars (named best dog actors in 2013 by City Paper!) Audiences can enjoy wine from Boordy vineyards as well as a selection of beer, soft drinks, and snacks. Proceeds benefit The Factory. Outside food and beverages are permitted, but NO PETS please. Evergreen opens to picnickers 90 minutes prior to curtain. Guests are reminded to BYOS (Bring Your Own Seating.) Umbrellas are also recommended to help provide shade or for possible sprinkles. Shows are performed rain or shine, barring severe weather. Complete dates are listed below and you can visit us at TheShakespeareFactory.com for up to date information.

Tickets for Baltimore Shakespeare Factory productions are available online at: TheShakespeareFactory.com, by calling 410-921-WILL (9455) and by emailing box.office@theshakespearefactory.com. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students/teachers/& seniors, free for kids grade 5 & under.



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