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Second Shepherds' Play
2016-17 CONSORT
Second Shepherds' Play

This magical retelling of the Nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season. Folger Consort, the award-winning early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, performs festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of this engaging mystery play adapted by Mary Hall Surface LIFT: Icarus and MeGoodnight Moon Set in the English countryside, The Second Shepherds' Play beautifully weaves together the stories of the shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and the miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem.

Thu 12/8/16 7:30PM Second Shepherds' Play
Fri 12/9/16 8:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Sat 12/10/16 2:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Sat 12/10/16 8:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Sun 12/11/16 2:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Sun 12/11/16 7:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Tue 12/13/16 7:30PM Second Shepherds' Play
Wed 12/14/16 7:30PM Second Shepherds' Play
Thu 12/15/16 7:30PM Second Shepherds' Play
Fri 12/16/16 8:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Sat 12/17/16 2:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Sat 12/17/16 8:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Sun 12/18/16 2:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Sun 12/18/16 7:00PM Second Shepherds' Play
Mon 12/19/16 7:30PM Second Shepherds' Play
Tue 12/20/16 7:30PM Second Shepherds' Play
Wed 12/21/16 7:30PM Second Shepherds' Play


<i>The Second Shepherds' Play</i> Community Sing
Folger Consort musicians lead audience members in learning medieval songs featured in this staging of The Second Shepherds' Play. Enjoy singing and visiting the Folger during this festive holiday time.

Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

This event is free; but reservations are recommended.

Sat 12/10/16 1:00PM The Second Shepherds' Play Community Sing
Sat 12/17/16 1:00PM The Second Shepherds' Play Community Sing


Reading: <i>Daniel's Gift</i>
2016-17 FREE EVENTS
Reading: Daniel's Gift
Inspired by the story of The Second Shepherds' Play, this delightful book by author M.C. Helldorfer spins the moving story of a special shepherd boy and his visit to the manger.

Suggested ages 4 to 8.

This event is free; but reservations are recommended.

Sun 12/11/16 1:00PM Reading: Daniel's Gift


The Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute with Tracy K. Smith

Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America

“The surfaces of a Tracy K. Smith poem are beautiful and serene, but underneath, there is always a sense of an unknown vastness. Her poems take the risk of inviting us to imagine, as the poet does, what it is to travel in another person's shoes." --Toi Derricotte

Tracy K. Smith has created verse that plumbs the universe, both interplanetary and inside ourselves. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction and selected as a Notable Book by the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as three books of poetry. Her most recent collection of poems, Life on Mars, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. She is currently the Director of Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program.

At the reception following the reading, Emily Dickinson’s black cake is provided by The Suga Chef.

 

 
Mon 12/12/16 7:30PM The Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute with Tracy K. Smith


The Digital Medici and the Fall of Italian Archives
Dr. Alessio Assonitis, director of the Medici Archive Project, will be speaking about the work undertaken in recent years to develop digital humanities tools which can be used by scholars, scholarly institutions, and the general public to learn more about early modern European culture.

This lecture is free and open to the general public. Reservations recommended. Reception to follow.
Tue 12/13/16 5:30PM The Digital Medici and the Fall of Italian Archives


Medieval Illuminations
2016-17 CONSORT
Medieval Illuminations

In the Gothic splendor of Washington National Cathedral, London’s famed The Orlando Consort joins the Folger Consort in a program of music from this monumental manuscript, including sublime vocal works such as a Gloria by “Roy Henry,” who was probably King Henry V, and dances and country tunes performed on medieval instruments. With instrumentalists Mary Springfels and Daniel Meyers and the voices of The Orlando Consort.

 

Fri 1/6/17 8:00PM Medieval Illuminations
Sat 1/7/17 7:00PM Medieval Illuminations


Roxane Gay & Hilton Als
2016-17 PEN/FAULKNER
Roxane Gay & Hilton Als

Hilton Als and Roxane Gay are two of our most incisive cultural observers. In works that defy easy categorization, they press us to more carefully consider our understandings of racial and gender identity, movies and magazines, torture and love and joy. Als is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the recent author of White Girls, which was dubbed, “The read of the year,” by Junot Diaz. Gay is a fiction writer and essayist whose most recent works are the best-selling essay collection, Bad Feminist, and the novel, An Untamed State. Join us for what is sure to be a wide-ranging and urgent conversation. 

Tue 1/10/17 7:30PM Roxane Gay & Hilton Als


Staged Reading: <i>The Book of Will</i>
2016-17 FREE EVENTS
Staged Reading: The Book of Will

Join us for a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson's new play about the creation of Shakespeare's First Folio, directed by Eleanor Holdridge.

This event is free; but reservations are recommended.
Wed 1/11/17 7:00PM Staged Reading: The Book of Will


Not Just Another Day Off
2016-17 FREE EVENTS
Not Just Another Day Off
Join us for a free and family-friendly performance of this year's Not Just Another Day Off: Where Do We Go From Here?; Poets and actors will perform excerpts from the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., weaving in poems by local poets. In the spirit of the day, we are asking for canned and dry food donations for the Food Pantry of The Church of the Reformation.

This event is free; but reservations are recommended.

Mon 1/16/17 11:00AM Not Just Another Day Off


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.

 

Tue 1/24/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Wed 1/25/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Thu 1/26/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Fri 1/27/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sat 1/28/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sun 1/29/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sun 1/29/17 7:00PM As You Like It
Wed 2/1/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Thu 2/2/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Fri 2/3/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sat 2/4/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sat 2/4/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sun 2/5/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sun 2/5/17 7:00PM As You Like It
Tue 2/7/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Wed 2/8/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Thu 2/9/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Fri 2/10/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sat 2/11/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sat 2/11/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sun 2/12/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sun 2/12/17 7:00PM As You Like It
Wed 2/15/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Thu 2/16/17 7:30PM As You Like It
Fri 2/17/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sat 2/18/17 2:00PM As You Like It
Sat 2/18/17 8:00PM As You Like It
Sun 2/19/17 2:00PM As You Like It
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


Stage Director Talk: As You Like It
Thu 1/26/17 6:30PM Stage Director Talk: As You Like It


Pre-Show Talk: As You Like It

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

Wed 2/8/17 6:30PM Pre-Show Talk: As You Like It



Introduction and moderated conversation by poet Yvette Neisser Moreno/Carlos Parada 
 
Pablo Neruda's lost poems—recently discovered in his archive—comprise this new volume Then Come Back. Originally composed on napkins, playbills, receipts, and notebooks, Neruda's lost poems are presented with the Spanish text, full-color reproductions of handwritten poems, and English translations by Forrest Gander.
 
Forrest Gander is a poet, translator, essayist, and editor of several anthologies of writing from Spain and Mexico. His 2011 poetry collection Core Samples from the World was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations.
 
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US. He holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, Yaddo, and the NEA. His poems appear in Narrative, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. His first collection of poetry is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. 
Tue 2/14/17 7:30PM Then Come Back: A Celebration of Pablo Neruda with Forrest Gander and Javier Zamora


Brews & Banter: As You Like It

A special evening for the Folger's young patrons, featuring a conversation about As You Like It, 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 2/16/17 6:30PM Brews & Banter: 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


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


Gary Jackson and Manuel Gonzales
p>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!

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



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 7:30PM 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


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