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NerdNite DC
2017-18 LECTURE
NerdNite DC

DC’s nerdiest lecture series partners with the Folger and finds a home in the Paster Reading Room for one night only! Join us for an evening of historical oddities, scientific quirks, and literary surprises.

NerdNite DC is part of a global network of NerdNites for people who love to think, explore, and learn while having a few drinks and meeting new friends.

Doors will open at 7pm. Speakers will begin at 7:30pm. Check back here on August 1 for a full lineup of speakers and more information.

To learn more about the NerdNite network and its DC chapter, visit dc.nerdnite.com.
 

Fri 9/15/17 7:30PM NerdNite DC


RSC Live: Titus Andronicus
2017-18 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare's most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare's brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

Mon 9/18/17 7:00PM RSC Live: Titus Andronicus


Early Music Seminar: An English Garden

Led by Robert Eisenstein, this lively seminar offers a sneak peek at the upcoming concert An English Garden. Wine reception included.

Wed 9/20/17 6:00PM Early Music Seminar: An English Garden -


An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare

As the arts and culture flourished in Shakespeare’s England, musical life blossomed as well. Popular ballads and art songs from the theatre—some associated with Shakespeare and his company and some from later works from the stage—are paired in a concert with lively instrumental pieces, fit for nobles and groundlings alike.

With fiddles, viol, lute, cittern, winds, and soprano Emily Noël

Fri 9/22/17 8:00PM An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare
Sat 9/23/17 4:00PM An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare
Sat 9/23/17 8:00PM An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare
Sun 9/24/17 2:00PM An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare


Antony and Cleopatra
2017-18 THEATRE
Antony and Cleopatra

Julius Caesar is no more and Mark Antony, at the peak of his political power, is ensconced in Egypt at the side of the irresistible Cleopatra. Torn between his military duty to the Roman Empire and his passionate love affair with Cleopatra, Antony finds himself engaged in both war and romance. Shakespeare’s epic encompasses politics and power, love and jealousy, alliance and misalliance.

Tue 10/10/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Wed 10/11/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Thu 10/12/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Fri 10/13/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 10/14/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 10/15/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 10/15/17 7:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Wed 10/18/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Thu 10/19/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Fri 10/20/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 10/21/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 10/21/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 10/22/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 10/22/17 7:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Wed 10/25/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Thu 10/26/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Fri 10/27/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 10/28/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 10/28/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 10/29/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 10/29/17 7:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Wed 11/1/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Thu 11/2/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Fri 11/3/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 11/4/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 11/4/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 11/5/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 11/5/17 7:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Tue 11/7/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Wed 11/8/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Thu 11/9/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Fri 11/10/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 11/11/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 11/11/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 11/12/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 11/12/17 7:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Tue 11/14/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Wed 11/15/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Thu 11/16/17 7:30PM Antony and Cleopatra
Fri 11/17/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 11/18/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sat 11/18/17 8:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 11/19/17 2:00PM Antony and Cleopatra
Sun 11/19/17 7:00PM Antony and Cleopatra


Stage Director Talk: Antony and Cleopatra

Robert Richmond, director of Antony and Cleopatra, shares creative insights into the production. A reception with light fare is included.

Thu 10/12/17 6:30PM Stage Director Talk: Antony and Cleopatra -


Tempesta di Mare
2017-18 CONSORT
Tempesta di Mare

(Re)discover baroque Germany's favorite composer, Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1667), through ear-opening performances by Philadelphia's Premier Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare. Fire & Invention includes two grand, pull-out-all-the-stops concertos for orchestra, and the modern premiere of six new-found entr'acts by Telemann, all written for the finest band of his day, the Dresden Hofkapelle (now the Dresden State Orchestra), and collected by its concertmaster, Telemann's close friend and virtuoso violinist, Johann Georg Pisendel. In Fire & Invention the ensemble will showcase Telemann's unparalleled variety of character, nuance, melody and joie-de-vivre.  

Thu 10/12/17 7:00PM Tempesta di Mare


Phillis Levin & John Burnside


Both John Burnside and Phillis Levin have a quiet formidable strength to their verse, and they read together for the first time. Phillis Levin is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Mr. Memory & Other Poems, a finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently is a professor of English and poet-in-residence at Hofstra University.

Scottish poet John Burnside has published ten books of poetry, including his most recent and first American publication, Black Cat Bone, winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize. Burnside has also won the Geoffrey Faber Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize for his work. He was Writer in Residence at the University of Dundee and The British Library. His memoir A Lie About My Father received the Saltire Book of the Year Prize and the Sundial/SAC Nonfiction Nook of the Year Award.

Mon 10/23/17 7:30PM Phillis Levin & John Burnside -


Pre-Show Talk: Antony and Cleopatra

Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra in an insightful pre-performance discussion. A reception with light fare is included.

Wed 10/25/17 6:30PM Pre-Show Talk: Antony and Cleopatra -


Brews & Banter: Antony and Cleopatra

A special evening for the Folger’s young patrons, featuring a conversation about Antony and Cleopatra with cast members. 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.

Thu 10/26/17 6:30PM Brews & Banter: Antony and Cleopatra -


Gjertrud Schnackenberg & Mike White

The Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht, is awarded annually by The Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. It includes publication with a $3,000 prize. Prize judge Gjertrud Schnackenberg will read with recipient Mike White.

Mon 11/6/17 7:30PM Gjertrud Schnackenberg & Mike White -


PEN/Malamud Award: Jhumpa Lahiri
2017-18 PEN/FAULKNER
PEN/Malamud Award: Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four widely acclaimed works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland; and two works of nonfiction: In Other Words and The Clothing of Books. She translated the novel Ties by Domenico Starnone from the Italian. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Hemingway Award; the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; the Premio Gregor von Rezzori; the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama; and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia.

Click here for more information about the PEN/Malamud Award.

Fri 12/8/17 8:00PM PEN/Malamud Award: Jhumpa Lahiri


RSC Live: Coriolanus
2017-18 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
RSC Live: Coriolanus

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

Sun 12/10/17 2:00PM RSC Live: Coriolanus


The Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute with Sandra Gilbert

With verse many can recite “Because I could not stop for Death” Emily Dickinson was no stranger to poetic contemplation about the end of life. As a renowned poet and a leading feminist literary critic, Sandra M. Gilbert too is intimately familiar with grief, having edited anthologies and dedicated collections to poetry exploring it. She explores grief and our obsession with death for the annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute reading. Gilbert has published numerous collections of poetry, including the Patterson Prize winning Ghost Volcano and Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969–1999, which won an American Book Award in 2000. Recent collections include Belongings and Aftermath: Poems. Gilbert’s other work includes Inventions of Farewell, an anthology of elegies which she edited, and Death’s Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve, a cultural and literary history of grief.

With scholar Susan Gubar, Gilbert co-wrote The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, considered one of the most influential works of feminist scholarship of the 20th century.

Mon 12/11/17 7:30PM The Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute with Sandra Gilbert -


Early Music Seminar: Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming

Led by Robert Eisenstein, this lively seminar offers a sneak peek at the upcoming concert Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming. Wine reception included.

Wed 12/13/17 6:00PM Early Music Seminar: Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming -


Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany

Folger Consort celebrates the season with evocative Advent and holiday music from Germany—from the medieval majesty of the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch to the flower of the 17th-century German Baroque. The music of Praetorius, Schütz, Schein, and Scheidt is performed, along with festive dances and canzonas.

With lute, organ, viol consort  Arcadia Viols, and vocal ensemble Cathedra

Fri 12/15/17 8:00PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Sat 12/16/17 4:00PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Sat 12/16/17 8:00PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Sun 12/17/17 2:00PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Sun 12/17/17 5:00PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Tue 12/19/17 7:30PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Wed 12/20/17 7:30PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Thu 12/21/17 7:30PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Fri 12/22/17 7:30PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Sat 12/23/17 4:00PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany
Sat 12/23/17 8:00PM Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany


The Way of the World
2017-18 THEATRE
The Way of the World

Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage—a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much for her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal—but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. In the lush and opulent land of the Hampton’s 1%, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted from Congreve’s classic play, The Way of the World is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper-class.

Part of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

Tue 1/9/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Wed 1/10/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Thu 1/11/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Fri 1/12/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 1/13/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 1/14/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 1/14/18 7:00PM The Way of the World
Wed 1/17/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Thu 1/18/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Fri 1/19/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 1/20/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 1/20/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 1/21/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 1/21/18 7:00PM The Way of the World
Wed 1/24/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Thu 1/25/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Fri 1/26/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 1/27/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 1/27/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 1/28/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 1/28/18 7:00PM The Way of the World
Tue 1/30/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Wed 1/31/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Thu 2/1/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Fri 2/2/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 2/3/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 2/3/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 2/4/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 2/4/18 7:00PM The Way of the World
Tue 2/6/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Wed 2/7/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Thu 2/8/18 7:30PM The Way of the World
Fri 2/9/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 2/10/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sat 2/10/18 8:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 2/11/18 2:00PM The Way of the World
Sun 2/11/18 7:00PM The Way of the World


Stage Director Talk: The Way of the World

Theresa Rebeck, director of The Way of the World, shares creative insights into the production. A reception with light fare is included.

Thu 1/11/18 6:30PM Stage Director Talk: The Way of the World -


Pre-Show Talk: The Way of the World

Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on The Way of the World in an insightful pre-performance discussion. A reception with light fare is included.

Wed 1/24/18 6:30PM Pre-Show Talk: The Way of the World -


Brews & Banter: The Way of the World

A special evening for the Folger’s young patrons, featuring a conversation about The Way of the World with cast members. A beer and light fare reception is included.

Fri 1/26/18 6:30PM Brews & Banter: The Way of the World -


A Branch of Freshest Green: Music of Hildegard Von Bingen

In the Gothic nave of Washington National Cathedral, Folger Consort presents a bouquet of soaring and ecstatic melodies of the great 12th-century visionary and composer. Female voices join with medieval instruments to capture the mysticism of Hildegard’s hymns and sequences

With bowed and plucked strings, winds, and vocal ensemble Trio Eos

Fri 2/2/18 8:00PM A Branch of Freshest Green: Music of Hildegard Von Bingen
Sat 2/3/18 8:00PM A Branch of Freshest Green: Music of Hildegard Von Bingen


Kwame Dawes & Safiya Sinclair

Ghanaian born, Jamaican-raised poet Kwame Dawes is joined by Jamaican-born and raised rising poet Safiya Sinclair. The two poets will, through their work, honor reggae music and its biggest star, Robert Nestor Marley, the day before the late star’s 73rd birthday.  Kwame Dawes is the author of 16 collections of poetry, including, most recently Duppy Conqueror and two novels, Bivouac and She’s Gone, winner of the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Best First Novel. Dawes  is an actor, playwright, and producer, fifteen of his plays have been produced, and he has acted in, directed, or produced several of these productions himself, most recently One Love at the Lyric Hammersmith in London. Dawes also founded and was executive director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative.

Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in Poetry. Sinclair is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as the Amy Clampitt Residency Award.

Mon 2/5/18 7:30PM Kwame Dawes & Safiya Sinclair -


Early Music Seminar: Il Lauro Verde

Led by Robert Eisenstein, this lively seminar offers a sneak peek at the upcoming concert Il Lauro Verde. Wine reception included.

Wed 2/21/18 6:00PM Early Music Seminar: Il Lauro Verde -


Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque

With its title “the green laurel” taken from a 1584 book of madrigals, this program explores the growth of Italian musical style from Renaissance to Baroque, including virtuoso instrumental versions of madrigals and the songs themselves, as well as the new monodies of Monteverdi, Francesca Caccini, and other 17th-century luminaries.

With violin, viol, lute and soprano Jolle Greenleaf

Fri 2/23/18 8:00PM Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque
Sat 2/24/18 4:00PM Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque
Sat 2/24/18 8:00PM Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque
Sun 2/25/18 2:00PM Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque


The Winter's Tale
2017-18 THEATRE
The Winter's Tale

Peace in the exotic kingdoms of Sicilia and Bohemia is ruptured by jealousy. Convinced of his wife’s unfaithfulness, with his friend Polixenes, Leontes plots murder, subjects Hermione, great with child, to public ridicule, and then casts out his baby daughter. With the passage of time comes realization, revelation, and redemption—and a new union between the families. This fanciful romance is testament to Shakespeare’s ability to weave a spellbinding story.

Tue 3/13/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Wed 3/14/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Thu 3/15/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Fri 3/16/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 3/17/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 3/18/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 3/18/18 7:00PM The Winter's Tale
Wed 3/21/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Thu 3/22/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Fri 3/23/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 3/24/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 3/24/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 3/25/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 3/25/18 7:00PM The Winter's Tale
Wed 3/28/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Thu 3/29/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Fri 3/30/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 3/31/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 3/31/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 4/1/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 4/1/18 7:00PM The Winter's Tale
Wed 4/4/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Thu 4/5/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Fri 4/6/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 4/7/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 4/7/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 4/8/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 4/8/18 7:00PM The Winter's Tale
Tue 4/10/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Wed 4/11/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Thu 4/12/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Fri 4/13/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 4/14/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 4/15/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 4/15/18 7:00PM The Winter's Tale
Tue 4/17/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Wed 4/18/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Thu 4/19/18 7:30PM The Winter's Tale
Fri 4/20/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 4/21/18 2:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sat 4/21/18 8:00PM The Winter's Tale
Sun 4/22/18 7:00PM The Winter's Tale


Stage Director Talk: The Winter's Tale

Aaron Posner, director of The Winter's Tale, shares creative insights into the production. A reception with light fare is included.

Thu 3/15/18 6:30PM Stage Director Talk: The Winter's Tale -


Paisley Rekdal
2017-18 POETRY
Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, photo-text memoir, and four books of poetry including Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize. Her newest book of poems is Imaginary Vessels, and a book-length essay, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam is forthcoming in 2017. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah's Poet Laureate.

Ten Americans: After Paul Klee
The exhibition, co-organized by The Phillips Collection and the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, explores the seminal role of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879–1940) in the development of mid-20th century American art. Ten Americans sheds new light on important figures in American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting who adapted aspects of Klee’s art and ideology into their own artistic development. The exhibition is the first to feature work by Klee in dialogue with William Baziotes, Gene Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Norman Lewis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Tobey, and Bradley Walker Tomlin.


Co-sponsored with The Phillips Collection.
 

Thu 3/22/18 6:30PM Paisley Rekdal -


Pre-Show Talk: The Winter's Tale

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

Wed 3/28/18 6:30PM Pre-Show Talk: The Winter's Tale -


Brews & Banter: The Winter's Tale

A special evening for the Folger’s young patrons, featuring a conversation about The Winter's Tale with cast members. A beer and light fare reception is included.

Fri 4/6/18 6:30PM Brews & Banter: The Winter's Tale -


Early Music Seminar: Ovid's Vineyard

Led by Robert Eisenstein, this lively seminar offers a sneak peek at the upcoming concert Ovid's Vineyard. Wine reception included.

Wed 4/25/18 6:00PM Early Music Seminar: Ovid's Vineyard -


Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque

In 18th-century France, the florid stories in Ovid’s Metamorphoses were an inspiration to composers—and music itself was undergoing a metamorphosis, from the elaborate music of the baroque to something more natural and graceful, eventually developing into classical style. Cantatas by Monteclair and Rameau based on Ovid are performed, along with delightful instrumental works by Marais, Couperin, Telemann, and others.

With violin, viol, lute, flute, harpsichord, and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux

Fri 4/27/18 8:00PM Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque
Sat 4/28/18 4:00PM Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque
Sat 4/28/18 8:00PM Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque
Sun 4/29/18 2:00PM Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque


Folger Poetry Board Reading with Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché’s famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, was praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and her first volume, Gathering the Tribes, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Her other works include The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. She has translated work by Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her most recent work is co-editor along with Duncan Wu the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness. In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. In 2017, Forche became one of the first two poets to receive the Windham-Campbell Prize. She is currently director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics and holds the Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University.

Mon 4/30/18 7:30PM Folger Poetry Board Reading with Carolyn Forché -


The 38th Annual PEN/FAulkner Award for Fiction

The award has been 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. Past winners include Imbolo Mbue (2017), James Hannaham (2016), Atticus Lish (2015), and Karen Joy Folwer (2014). The ceremony includes readings by the winner and finalists and remarks from the judges'committee.

Following the Award ceremony, there will be a full buffet dinner with open bar.

Sat 5/5/18 7:00PM The 38th Annual PEN/FAulkner Award for Fiction


Saint Joan
2017-18 THEATRE
Saint Joan

The martyred heroine of France fought and defeated the besieging English at Orleans, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, and put on trial and burned at the stake—all by the age of nineteen. Depicted as neither witch, saint, nor madwoman in Shaw’s compelling story—Joan of Arc is but an illiterate farm girl whose focus on the individual rocks the church and state. Led by director Eric Tucker, four actors perform over twenty-five roles in Bedlam’s riveting, stripped-down production, declared “Irresistible!” and “a force of nature” by The New York Times (Best of Theater, 2014) and a Top Ten Play by Time Magazine.

Sat 5/12/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 5/12/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 5/13/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 5/13/18 7:00PM Saint Joan
Mon 5/14/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Thu 5/17/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Fri 5/18/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 5/19/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 5/19/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 5/20/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 5/20/18 7:00PM Saint Joan
Tue 5/22/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Wed 5/23/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Thu 5/24/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Fri 5/25/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 5/26/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 5/26/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 5/27/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 5/27/18 7:00PM Saint Joan
Tue 5/29/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Wed 5/30/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Thu 5/31/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Fri 6/1/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 6/2/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 6/2/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 6/3/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 6/3/18 7:00PM Saint Joan


Brews & Banter: Saint Joan
2017-18 THEATRE
Brews & Banter: Saint Joan

Enjoy craft brews from Bluejacket Brewery at this casual behind-the-scenes conversation with cast members from Bedlam’s Saint Joan. Beer and light fare reception included.

Fri 5/18/18 6:30PM Brews & Banter: Saint Joan


Kaveh Akbar & Kazim Ali
2017-18 POETRY
Kaveh Akbar & Kazim Ali

There is more that connects Kaveh Akbar and Kazim Ali, although both are poets and practicing Muslims. Both poets explore the relationship between poetry and prayer, examining the silence and breath in each lyric. Kaveh Akbar is the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic and his debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in Fall 2017. He is a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Born in Tehran, Iran, Akbar is the Visiting Professor of Poetry at Purdue University.

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator. His books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward, and The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day, and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. A new poetry book, Inquisition, will be published by Wesleyan in the spring of 2018. He has also published a translation of Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri and (with Libby Murphy) L'amour by Marguerite Duras. His novels include Quinn's Passage named one of "The Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine and The Disappearance of Seth, and his books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence, Fasting for Ramadan. He is also an associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.

Mon 5/21/18 7:30PM Kaveh Akbar & Kazim Ali -