Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:

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
Sat 4/28/18 4:00PM Ovid's Vineyard
Sat 4/28/18 8:00PM Ovid's Vineyard
Sun 4/29/18 2:00PM Ovid's Vineyard

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 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

Stephen Greenblatt
2017-18 LECTURE
Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt reads and discusses his forthcoming book, Tyrant.

In making pointed use of historical figures from Henry VI to Richard III and painting his unforgettable portraits of failing leaders—a mad Lear, a treacherous Macbeth, a vengeful Coriolanus—William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the darkest aspects of its execution.

With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues and imagined how they might be stopped. By violence, with even more destructive outcomes? Or through the patient work of grubby politics? On all of these subjects, Shakespeare’s work speaks to us today.

There will be a reception and book signing following the reading.

Sun 5/6/18 2:00PM Stephen Greenblatt

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
Tue 5/15/18 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
Tue 6/5/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Wed 6/6/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Thu 6/7/18 7:30PM Saint Joan
Fri 6/8/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 6/9/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sat 6/9/18 8:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 6/10/18 2:00PM Saint Joan
Sun 6/10/18 7:00PM Saint Joan

In Conversation: Peter Marks and Eric Tucker

Join us for an evening of lively theater talk as Washington Post chief theater critic Peter Marks sits down with director Eric Tucker to discuss the stripped-down staging of Shaw’s classic Saint Joan.
Wed 5/16/18 7:00PM In Conversation: Peter Marks and Eric Tucker

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 -

Free Folger Friday: Thinking Shakespeare with Barry Edelstein

Thinking Shakespeare Live is a 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare. Led by Barry Edelstein and assisted by three Folger favorite actors, this special program based on Edelstein’s book, Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, reveals a performer’s approach to Shakespearean language. This entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the creative process offers a primer on the tools used to hear and understand Shakespeare.

Join us after this Folger Friday for the performance of Saint Joan.

Fri 6/1/18 5:30PM Free Folger Friday: Thinking Shakespeare with Barry Edelstein

RSC Live: Macbeth
RSC Live: Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes. Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.

Mon 6/4/18 7:00PM RSC Live: Macbeth

McKellen: Playing the Part
McKellen: Playing the Part

Uncover the life of one of the world’s true acting icons on Saturday, June 23 as we screen McKellen: Playing the Part.

Built around a 14 hour interview, Playing the Part uncovers Ian McKellen's story. From his upbringing living through the war, working through repertory and West End theatre becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorized insight.

McKellen: Playing the Part features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archival material, including diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived.

The runtime for this screening is 96 minutes.

Sat 6/23/18 5:00PM McKellen: Playing the Part

Screening: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Screening: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Director Casey Mott spins Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love into a modern, riotous romp throughout sunny Los Angeles.

The star-studded cast includes Rachel Leigh Cook (Hermia), Fran Kranz (Bottom), Ted Levine (Theseus), Hamish Linklater (Lysander), Lily Rabe (Helena), Finn Wittrock (Demetrius), and more.

The runtime for this film is approximately one hour, forty minutes.

This film contains adult material.

Thu 6/28/18 7:00PM Screening: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's Macbeth
2018-19 CONSORT
Shakespeare's Macbeth

Shakespeare’s murderous tragedy is seen anew in Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation which delighted audiences for most of the 18th-century. This special engagement, with music performed by Folger Consort, features Helen Hayes Award-winners Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris, seen anew as the tragically ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Tue 9/4/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Wed 9/5/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Thu 9/6/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Tue 9/11/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Wed 9/12/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Thu 9/13/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Fri 9/14/18 8:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Sat 9/15/18 2:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Sat 9/15/18 8:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Sun 9/16/18 2:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Sun 9/16/18 7:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Tue 9/18/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Wed 9/19/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Thu 9/20/18 7:30PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Fri 9/21/18 8:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Sat 9/22/18 2:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Sat 9/22/18 8:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Sun 9/23/18 2:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth
Sun 9/23/18 7:00PM Shakespeare's Macbeth