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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.




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


Folger Friday: My Fool, My Purse: Talking Timon and Iago

Hear veteran Folger actors Ian Merrill Peakes (Timon in Timon of Athens) and Louis Butelli (Ventidius in Timon of Athens) explore the relationship between Iago from Othello and Timon from Timon of Athens.

Fri 5/19/17 6:00PM Folger Friday: My Fool, My Purse: Talking Timon and Iago


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.




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


RSC Live: Julius Caesar
2016-17 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
RSC Live: Julius Caesar

Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare's epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

Mon 6/5/17 7:00PM RSC Live: Julius Caesar


Folger Friday: The Bard & The Duke

Maurice Jackson of Georgetown University delves into Duke Ellington’s album Timon of Athens: Incidental Music for Shakespeare’s Play.

Fri 6/9/17 6:00PM Folger Friday: The Bard & The Duke


RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra
2017-18 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra

Following Caesar's assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony's military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end. Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).

Mon 7/17/17 7:00PM RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra


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 9/25/17 7:00PM RSC Live: Titus Andronicus