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As You Like It
2016-17 THEATRE
As You Like It

Rosalind is banished to the Forest of Arden and discovers Orlando and a world of passion and possibility in one of Shakespeare’s most cherished romantic comedies. When she disguises herself as a rustic shepherd, enchantment abounds and blossoms into an exploration of the beauty and complexities of young love.

 

Sun 2/19/17 7:00PM As You Like It
Wed 2/22/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Thu 2/23/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Fri 2/24/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sat 2/25/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sat 2/25/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sun 2/26/17 2:00PM As You Like It (Open-Captioned Performance)
Sun 2/26/17 7:00PM As You Like It
Tue 2/28/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Wed 3/1/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Thu 3/2/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Fri 3/3/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sat 3/4/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sat 3/4/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sun 3/5/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sun 3/5/17 7:00PM As You Like It


Nathaniel Rich & Kate Walbert
2016-17 PEN/FAULKNER
Nathaniel Rich & Kate Walbert

Nathaniel Rich’s novel Odds Against Tomorrow introduces us to an insurance quant who, after accurately predicting natural disaster, braves the rising tides of a submerged city. Kate Walbert’s The Sunken Cathedraltells the intersecting stories of neighbors in a weather-threatened, flood-prone Manhattan. These writers explore the human implications of a landscape edging toward doom. 

Tue 2/21/17 7:30PM Nathaniel Rich & Kate Walbert


Free Folger Friday: "Play, Music!"

Join us to learn more about the songs of Shakespeare’s plays with musician Brian Kay (Folger Consort: The Second Shepherd’s Play). Enjoy selections of music from the plays, including As You Like It, alongside popular songs from Shakespeare’s time.

Fri 2/24/17 6:00PM Free Folger Friday: "Play, Music!"


Folger Friday: Kellie Robertson
2016-17 FREE EVENTS
Folger Friday: Kellie Robertson

Kellie Robertson discusses Middle English manuscripts in the current exhibition, 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford.

Fri 3/3/17 6:00PM Folger Friday: Kellie Robertson


Angela Flournoy, Margo Jefferson, and Marcus Guillory

Margo Jefferson’s memoir Negroland is a tongue-in-cheek meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the privileged prism of Chicago’s black elite. Angela Flournoy’s debut novel The Turner House tells a multi-generational saga amidst the decline of Detroit’s East Side. Marcus Guillory’s Red Now and Laters gives us a coming-of-age story set in the Creole and cowboy infused East Texas of the 1980s. These authors complicate the relationship between race and class, privilege and oppression, and offer truths – sometimes hysterical, sometimes heartbreaking – on what it means to be caught at the intersection.

Mon 3/6/17 7:30PM Angela Flournoy, Margo Jefferson, and Marcus Guillory


Teaching Shakespeare Institute: One-Day Workshop

Join us for a one-day teacher workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library! Registration includes hands-on professional learning in a collaborative, joyful setting; lots of supporting materials and handouts; access to the resources and staff of the Folger; and lunch.

Sat 3/11/17 9:00AM Teaching Shakespeare Institute: One-Day Workshop


Gary Jackson, Yona Harvey, and Manuel Gonzales

PEN/Faulkner and the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series come together to explore the evolving influence that comic books have on writers. 

Gary Jackson is the author of Missing You, Metropolis which was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Regional Office Is Under Attack!

Yona Harvey is the author of Hemming the Water, which won the 2014 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and is a co-author of the Marvel Comics series Black Panther: World of Wakanda

Mon 3/13/17 7:30PM Gary Jackson, Yona Harvey, and Manuel Gonzales


Roger Cohen
2016-17 LECTURE
Roger Cohen

Roger Cohen, noted journalist and The New York Times columnist, on the importance of the work and ideas of Isaiah Berlin, distinguished philosopher and Corpus Christi College alumnus, in a time of growing intolerance.


RSC Live: The Tempest
2016-17 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
RSC Live: The Tempest

Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Learn more at the RSC Live website.

Mon 3/27/17 7:00PM RSC Live: The Tempest



Wed 3/29/17 6:00PM Early Music Seminar: Starry Messenger


Gallileo's Torch
2016-17 CONSORT
Gallileo's Torch

Join Folger Consort for a special staged reading of Galileo’s Torch by James Reston, Jr., featuring the music of Starry Messenger and directed by Alan Paul. Reston’s work replays the 17th-century trial of Galileo Galilei —when the astronomer-mathematician violated Catholic dogma by asserting that the Earth orbits the sun. The play was adapted from Reston, Jr.’s 1994 biography, Galileo: A Life.



Thu 3/30/17 7:00PM Galileo's Torch


Starry Messenger
2016-17 CONSORT
Starry Messenger

Galileo’s revelations of the planets’ motions, published in his Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger) revolutionized how people saw the universe. Folger Consort celebrates this age of revelations with a song of the music of the spheres, operatic arias, and dramatic songs by Monteverdi, lute music by Galileo’s father Vincenzo Galilei, and brilliant early violin sonatas. With strings, harpsichord, and soprano.

Galileo’s groundbreaking work will be on display at the Folger from February 4 through April 30 as part of an exhibition of treasures from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

 

Fri 3/31/17 8:00PM Starry Messenger
Sat 4/1/17 3:00PM Starry Messenger
Sat 4/1/17 7:00PM Starry Messenger
Sun 4/2/17 2:00PM Starry Messenger


Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea, & Shobha Rao

Four Moroccans cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat bound for Spain. A Mexican village is left empty of men who have fled to the United States in search of economic opportunity. A new mother is trapped on the wrong side of the India-Pakistan border. Laila Lalami, in Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Luis Urrea, in Into the Beautiful North, and Shobha Rao, in An Unrestored Woman, speak to lives that are never stationary and to communities that have been uprooted. They’ll come together on-stage to read from their work, and discuss what it means to be a citizen in our volatile world. 

Fri 4/7/17 7:30PM Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea, & Shobha Rao


The Folger Poetry Board Reading with Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, including the recently published The Beauty (longlisted for the National Book Award); Come, ThiefAfter (shortlisted for a T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post); as well as two books of essays. She has also edited and co-translated four books of poetry. Hirshfield’s other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets.

In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and also received the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.

 

 
Mon 4/17/17 7:30PM The Folger Poetry Board Reading with Jane Hirshfield


Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture: Michael Witmore

Folger Shakespeare Library Director, Michael Witmore, delivers this annual lecture on Shakespeare, bringing the year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary, “The Wonder of Will”, to a close.

This event is free; but reservations are recommended.
Mon 4/24/17 7:00PM Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture: Michael Witmore



Wed 4/26/17 6:00PM Early Music Seminar: The Play of Love


The Play of Love
2016-17 CONSORT
The Play of Love

Folger Consort performs a sumptuous variety of French music from this era— from the courtly to the decidedly profane—with theatrical excerpts from Adam de la Halle’s Play of Robin and Marion, passionate love songs, simple, shapely songs of town and countryside, and dances fit for kings and peasants alike. With fiddle, vielle, lute, and soprano.

 

Fri 4/28/17 8:00PM The Play of Love
Sat 4/29/17 3:00PM The Play of Love
Sat 4/29/17 7:00PM The Play of Love
Sun 4/30/17 2:00PM The Play of Love


The 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Given since 1981 to the best works of fiction published by an American citizen in a calendar year, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the United States’ largest peer-juried prize in the field. This year’s judges are Chris Abani, Chantel Acevedo, and Sigrid Nunez.

Sat 5/6/17 7:00PM The 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction


Timon of Athens
2016-17 THEATRE
Timon of Athens

Fortune strains the bonds of friendship. Timon is a wealthy and popular aristocrat with but one flaw—an excess of generosity. Sparing no expense on lavish parties, expensive gifts, and charity, Timon later suffers a downturn of fortune and friendship. Robert Richmond (OthelloRichard III and Henry V at Folger Theatre) directs Shakespeare’s tragic satire about the fickleness of prosperity, with Ian Merrill Peakes (Othello, MacbethRosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at Folger Theatre) in the title role.

 

Tue 5/9/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Wed 5/10/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Thu 5/11/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Fri 5/12/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 5/13/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 5/14/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 5/14/17 7:00PM Timon of Athens
Wed 5/17/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Thu 5/18/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Fri 5/19/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 5/20/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 5/20/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 5/21/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 5/21/17 7:00PM Timon of Athens
Wed 5/24/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Thu 5/25/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Fri 5/26/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 5/27/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 5/27/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 5/28/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 5/28/17 7:00PM Timon of Athens
Tue 5/30/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Wed 5/31/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Thu 6/1/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Fri 6/2/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 6/3/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 6/3/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 6/4/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 6/4/17 7:00PM Timon of Athens
Tue 6/6/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Wed 6/7/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Thu 6/8/17 7:30PM Timon of Athens
Fri 6/9/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 6/10/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens
Sat 6/10/17 8:00PM Timon of Athens
Sun 6/11/17 2:00PM Timon of Athens (Open-Captioned Performance)
Sun 6/11/17 7:00PM Timon of Athens


Stage Director Talk: Timon of Athens

Robert Richmond, director of Timon of Athens, shares creative insights into the production. A reception with light fare is included.

Thu 5/11/17 6:30PM Stage Director Talk: Timon of Athens


Pre-Show Talk: Timon of Athens

Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens in an insightful pre-performance discussion. A reception with light fare is included.



Wed 5/24/17 6:30PM Pre-Show Talk: Timon of Athens


Tracy Chevalier
2016-17 LECTURE
Tracy Chevalier

Be among the first to hear excerpts from the newest Hogarth Shakespeare book as read by the author, Tracy Chevalier.

Thu 5/25/17 7:30PM Tracy Chevalier


Brews & Banter: Timon of Athens

A special evening for the Folger's young patrons, featuring a conversation about Timon of Athens with members of the cast. A beer and light fare reception is included.

Patrons 30-and-under can purchase discount tickets, starting at $25, to the performance following the conversation. For more information please call the box office at (202) 544-7077.



Thu 6/1/17 6:30PM Brews & Banter: Timon of Athens