Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has acquired the Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building at 200 E. Redwood Street as a second venue for its performances. The Howard County-based company—which currently stages most of its productions outdoors at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City—plans to begin renovations early next year with an eye towards mounting a full season in 2014. CSC is working with Cho Benn Holback, the firm behind the Everyman and Creative Alliance renovations, on a design that mimics London's Globe Theatre and features a 250-seat theater (see above) for performances and educational programs. The total cost is estimated to be $6 million.
The announcement comes on the heels of a flurry of theater activity in Station North, the upcoming Everyman move to the Westside, recent renovations at the Lyric, and new leadership at Centerstage. “We are thrilled about our expansion into the thriving Baltimore theater scene," CSC artistic director Ian Gallanar said in a press release. "While we will continue to serve our current patrons with outdoor performances at our home stage in Howard County, this second location will broaden our reach and help foster a new community of classical theater enthusiasts.”
According to press materials, CSC leadership envisions a "theater triangle" connecting their theater with the Hippodrome and Everyman on the Westside and Centerstage in Mt. Vernon.
[Image courtesy of CSC/Cho Benn Holback]