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It is always our great pleasure to bring films of all genres to the Opera House screen. So, it goes without saying that Jack and I miss our film audiences very much. We are especially sad that we are unable to bring you the rest of the spring line-up (The Bookshop, Conspiracy and The Farewell).

Of course, we have more time on our hands than usual, so have been spending some of it enjoying new films and tv series at home. There is some remarkable viewing available and we want to offer some recommendations:

My Brilliant Friend, Series 1 and 2

On HBO. Based on Elena Ferrante’s four novels, this series follows the life stories of two close friends, who grow up in the aftermath of WW2, in a poor Naples neighborhood. The first series is based on My Brilliant Friend; the second, The Story of a New Name. I recommend you start with season one; season two is unfolding now. Like its title, this series is brilliant in every way – the writing, the set design, the cinematography and the story are all breath taking and provide an exquisite sense of time and place.

Duty/Shame (Giri/Haji)

On Netflix. In Japanese and English, with subtitles. We consider this crime thriller, taking place in both London and Japan, to be a breakthrough piece in the genre. Reflecting today’s world, it is a tight story, beautiful to look at, touchingly portrayed, with surprises always around the corner (reminiscent of Breaking Bad). Beautifully acted, gorgeously shot with amazing art work and music BUT not for everyone! Expect violence/language/sex.

I Am Not OK With This 

On Netflix. A story of teen angst that, even so, captured the imagination of these ‘old guys’! With a quirky plot, a winning young cast, and a window into a working-class kid’s life and thoughts, it remains intriguing throughout. Fun for teens and parents, just don’t watch it together! (Language, sex, drugs). For more info check Common Sense Media.

Stay well. Happy viewing. Look forward to seeing y’all real soon. Jan (and Jack)

Creative Conversations are discipline-specific virtual gatherings to give updates, hold the space for peer-to-peer sharing, encourage updated recommendations for action by the Maryland State Arts Council, and envision the resurgence of arts activities while dealing with the state of emergency during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Open to the public, no registration is required.

To our Patrons referencing COVID 19

After extensive discussions and at the Mayor’s request we feel it necessary to close the Cultural Center at the Opera House from March 14 through April 30th. All performances will be cancelled or postponed.  The closure will be reasserted within the coming weeks once we have further clarity of the situation.  We are taking this action in an abundance of concern for the safety of our patrons.

Regarding tickets.   All tickets will be refunded.  However some organizations have asked their patrons to consider not asking for a refund but instead donating their ticket.   The Arts Collective would greatly appreciate it if you would also consider donating your ticket to our nonprofit.    In most cases we will be paying the artist regardless of the cancellation and unable to recoup those costs.   The economic impact of these actions will have major effects now and into the future.   Anything you can do to mitigate this impact is greatly appreciated.

Please be sure to maintain sanitary guidelines as prescribed by the CDC and local health authorities.  Lastly, be kind, be patient we will get through this crisis.

William Price

President & Founder of the Arts Collective

About The Cultural Center at the Opera House

Our newly restored Havre de Grace Cultural Center at the Opera House brings the highest quality entertainment to our community and the region.  The historic theater features local and professional plays, live music and arts performances, dance, arts education and youth programming, local events and private receptions and gatherings.  We hope there will even be some opera.


The Havre de Grace Cultural Center at the Opera House embodies our community’s commitment to the arts, the preservation of our history and access to a state-of-the-art facility that is accessible to all.

Volunteer Orientation and Training is held on the first Monday quarterly;
August, November, February and May from 6:30pm – 8:00pm or by appointment.

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“We are so fortunate to have the Opera House, and all the wonderful people who work/contribute/support/enjoy!”

– Marianne and Andrew Fridberg

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Thank you to everyone who helped make the Havre de Grace Jazz & Blues Fest extraordinary!  Performers, attendees and volunteers!  What an amazing weekend! 

See you June 5-7, 2020

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