KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
THE BLACKBURN INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER


Where is the Blackburn INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER? 

The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center is located near the Blackfriars at 301 Greenville Ave, Staunton, VA 24401.

What are my seating options?

Each ticket purchase is for an 8×8 square of green grass. You can choose a chair space (1 ticket provides space for two chairs) or a blanket space (1 ticket provides space for up to 4 people on a blanket). Please bring your own chairs or blankets. 

When does the show start?

Shows at the Blackburn will begin at 7:00 pm. Music will begin at 6:45 pm. Gates will open for parking at 5:00 pm. Picnic pickup and concessions will be from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. All food and drink service will end at 6:30pm. We ask that all audience members finish their food or drink by the start of the music, replace their masks, and remain masked for the entire performance.

Twelfth Night will run 90 minutes and be performed without an intermission. Othello will run around 2 hours, 15 minutes, and will have a 15 minute intermission.

Where can I park? What about ADA access?

Parking at Blackburn is $5. You can pre-purchase your pass when you buy your ticket or buy from the parking attendant when you arrive (cash only, please bring exact change). Please click here or call the ASC box office if you would like to add a parking pass to an existing reservation.

If you or anyone in your party has mobility concerns or questions, please contact our box office manager at amy.wolf@americanshakespearecenter.com for more information.

Are there concessions available? Can I bring my own?

The Blackburn will have snacks and drinks available for purchase on the night of the show. Due to ABC Licensing Laws they cannot allow outside food or drink.  

You can pre-purchase a Blackburn Picnic Basket to enjoy at the show! All picnic purchases must be completed by Tuesday at midnight the week of your show. You can add these baskets onto a ticket purchase.  Please click here or call the box office to add one to an existing reservation. 

All food and drink service will end at 6:30 pm. We ask that all audience members finish their food or drink by the start of the pre-show music,  replace their masks, and remain masked for the entire performance.

*These picnics are “rain or shine” . In the case of a cancellation due to inclement weather, these boxes can still be picked up at the Blackburn Inn and Conference Center. They are non-refundable. Contact the Blackburn’s front desk to arrange a pickup of your picnic if the performance is cancelled at (540) 712-0601. 

“Shakespeare Under The Stars Picnic”

Picnic for 2: $25

Picnic for 2 with a bottle of wine $50

Picnic for 4: $50

Picnic for 4 with a bottle of wine:  $75 

Picnic basket includes: cheese and crackers, fruit salad, potato salad, pasta salad, grilled chicken skewers and grilled vegetable skewers, cookies.  You can select a white or red wine at pickup.  {No substitutions are available}

Where are the restrooms?

There will be event portajohns available onsite (an ADA accessible bathroom is available inside the Blackburn).

How do I check-in?

Ticket scanning will be done, just like at the Blackfriars, on touchless scanners. Please print your tickets at home or bring your mobile device.

Can I request a certain row or adjoining spots?

Seating is general admission on a first-come/first-serve basis. Our box office staff and ushers will direct you to the blanket or chair seating sections, depending on your ticket purchase.  While we will try and seat parties who are together in adjoining spaces (example: a party of four in two chair spaces), we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so. We also cannot guarantee specific rows or sections.  Please come early if your party desires adjoining spaces or a particular area.

Can I bring my dog?

While we love dogs, we haven’t yet found that they love Shakespeare that much. They are most welcome at the Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, but we are not able to have them in our seating area. Does not apply to service animals

What if it rains?

ASC at Blackburn performs in an outdoor space on the grounds of the historic Blackburn Inn and Conference Center. Please come to Blackburn prepared for an open-air theater experience. There is no covering for the audience or actors.

We will do our best to make an informed decision if inclement weather looks possible on the day of the show and will contact you via phone or email with any updates to your performance.

Performances will continue during inclement weather, possibly after short delays. Umbrellas are not allowed during the performance, but rain ponchos or jackets are encouraged.

If a performance is cancelled due to rain before intermission, a rain check will be issued for a future performance of the same play, valid through November 2020.

Blackburn Picnic Baskets are rain or shine and non-refundable. Contact their front desk to arrange a pickup of your picnic if the performance is cancelled at (540) 712-0601.

Can I stay at the Blackburn Inn?

The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center is offering ASC Fans a VIP Package this Summer.The package includes: one overnight stay at the Historic Blackburn Inn (based on double occupancy), a reserved space (up to 4 people) on the Blackburn Inn lawn for the performance, and The Shakespeare Picnic Basket – perfect for dinner on our lawn before the performance. Parking and Continental Breakfast are also included.
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What about Safety Precautions?

  • Universal Masking: Based on our work with Augusta Health we are asking all patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks at all times when not eating/drinking. All food or drink will need to be finished by the start of the pre-show music.  This helps keep our acting company safe!
  • On the blanket spaces we are implementing a 4 foot spacer aisle between seats vertically through the spaces and a two foot spacer aisle horizontally through the spaces. While this gives a barrier around each 8×8 foot space, we are asking parties to be mindful of those around you and stay towards the center of your space. Please also note that people may be eating and drinking unmasked in their spaces during the pre-show period.
  • We will be using ticket scanners and digital tickets to avoid passing paper tickets back and forth. Please print your ticket at home or bring your mobile device (with our ticket email attachment loaded) to be scanned. 
  • We will be marking and maintaining socially distanced lines for ticket scanning and concessions. 
  • There will be interactive digital programs in place of paper programs.
  • We are working with Blackburn on comprehensive cleaning and social distancing procedures.
Have questions? Find out more on our WEBSITE or call the box office at 1-877-MUCH-ADO.