Acting Out: Four Local Thespians Share Love of the Stage

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Bill Pheil

Courtesy of Bmore Media – You can’t blame Rachael Jacobs for having a nightly identity crisis. That’s because she has roles in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Co.’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “Pride and Prejudice,” which are both now running in rotating repertory on a stage outside the stabilized ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute. Its hilly site high above the historic district of Ellicott City remains cool even on a hot night.

Jacobs is one of many actors in Greater Baltimore who live to be on stage. Whether they make a living from this often-precarious profession or have day jobs and act on the side, they love expressing themselves by becoming somebody else in a play.

Baltimore’s diverse theater scene provides a lot of acting outlets for local performers, several of whom share their own stories below. Here are profiles of four actors who perform in Greater Baltimore.

RACHAEL JACOBS, Chesapeake Shakespeare Co.

As for playing Shakespeare’s Juliet, who is not quite 14, and also 16-year-old Lydia Bennet in a theatrical adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, Jacobs, 25, has this to say:

“Part of my thing is that I look young. I’m playing teenagers all summer, but they could not be more different. I find each character brings out a different side of me. As an actor it’s imperative to develop a world for the character you play.”

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