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Extra! Extra! CSC Opens Front Page with Special BWW Offer

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            Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's first foray into the American Theatre classics canon, Hecht and MacArthur's masterpiece The Front Page opens tomorrow night at the />Howard />County />Center for the Arts in />Ellicott City. 

But stop the presses!  Tonight there is a special preview beginning at 8PM, and here's a great deal – tickets are "Pay What You Will"!  That's right, you name the price!

Stop those presses again!  You can't make the preview tonight? Well, CSC has a special offer just for readers!  Opening weekend tickets are only $15 (a 25% savings!) when you purchase tickets online or by phone by mentioning code BBWW at the time of purchase. OR you can print out this article and present it at the door for the same discount.  This special offer is valid for the 8PM performances on Friday and Saturday, February 9 and 10 and the 2PM performance on Sunday, February 11.  To purchase tickets online, go to  To purchase them by phone, call TheaterMania at 1-866-811-4111.  Remember to use code BBWW!

This classic comedy was a smash hit when it opened on Broadway in 1928, and tells the tale of />/>Chicago newspaper men covering and execution.  Widely acclaimed as an American masterpiece, its fans include Tennessee Williams, who claims it "made it possible for me to write my kind of play," and Tom Stoppard/>/>/>, who names The Front Page as his "favorite American play."

CSC's Ian Gallanar, director of The Front Page and AD of the company says, "I thought it was the perfect play for CSC to debut out American Classics slot.  It's big and bold and shows the human experience as trying, exhilarating, heartbreaking and thrilling – just like Shakespeare's plays."

The Front Page also features several CSC company members and recent "Best of 2006" winners from  Among them are Jacob Rothermel (Love's Labor's Lost), BJ Gailey (Taming of the Shrew), Patrick Kilpatrick (Taming of the Shrew – director; Spotlighters' Angels in />/>/>America – actor) and Wayne Willinger (King Lear).  Other cast members include: John Sadowsky, Dan O'Brien, />/>Chalie Mitchell, />Lorraine Imwold, Rebecca Ellis and Steve Beall.  Award-winning costume designer Kristina Lambdin designs this production as well.

Performances of The Front Page run Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2PM, February 9 – 25, 2007.  Tickets are $20.00 adults, $18.00 seniors, $15.00 children 18 and under.  Note that the above discounts apply to the preview on February 8th, and the opening weekend performances only.  CSC also advises that The Front Page contains strong language.

           Finally, CSC offers another in its series of Pub Nights, Monday, February 12, 2007, 7:30-10:00 PM at the Tiber River Tavern in />Ellicott City, and best of all, IT IS FREE!  This time the Pub Night features a reading of the latest play added to the canon, "Sir Thomas More," by William Shakespeare (and others). CSC Friend, Karen Ballard, will be casting and directing an informal reading of this intriguing work and will be leading the discussion. It has humor, drama, action, and the mark of the Bard.  Take a role, listen, and voice your opinions.  Join CSC to eat, drink, read, act, and drink.


PHOTOS: Main Page: Charlie Mitchell and Steve Beall.  TOP to BOTTOM: Rebecca Ellis, /> Small and Patrick Kilpatrick; Charlie Mitchell and Steve Beall.Scott Alan/>/>

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