After an 18-month hiatus in its public-performance schedule, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival is back with two productions. Both are about instead of by Shakespeare. The first, "Love for Words," opens tonight.
Local playwright Kimberley Lynne's biographical play, subtitled "The Most Lamentable Comedy and Cruel Death of William Shakespeare," debuted at AXIS Theatre in summer 1997. Since then, Lynne has made revisions, including the addition of material relating to recent theories that Shakespeare may have died of food poisoning. "It's going to be dramatically different," says festival artistic director James Kinstle, who is playing the bard, under Tony Tsendeas' direction.
"Love for Words" will be followed by Paul Rudnick's off-Broadway comedy "I Hate Hamlet," Oct. 4-16.
The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival performs at Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, 400 E. Lexington St. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 10 a.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 23. Tickets are $10-$15. Call 410-481-7328.