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Almeida Live: Richard III
2016-17 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
Almeida Live: Richard III

The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.

War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard – vicious in war, despised in peacetime – awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown.  

Learn more at the Almeida website.

 

 
Mon 8/29/16 7:00PM Almeida Live: Richard III


Sense and Sensibility
2016-17 THEATRE
Sense and Sensibility

Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Directed by Eric Tucker (The Wall Street Journal’s 2014 Director of the Year), this all-new production of the critically acclaimed play is produced in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library exhibition Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity (August 6 through November 6, 2016).

The world premiere of Sense and Sensibility was produced by Bedlam (Eric Tucker, Artistic Director; Andrus Nichols, Producing Director).

Tue 9/13/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Wed 9/14/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Thu 9/15/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Fri 9/16/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 9/17/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 9/18/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 9/18/16 7:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Wed 9/21/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Thu 9/22/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Fri 9/23/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 9/24/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 9/24/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 9/25/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 9/25/16 7:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Tue 9/27/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Wed 9/28/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Thu 9/29/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Fri 9/30/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/1/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/1/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/2/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/2/16 7:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Wed 10/5/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Thu 10/6/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Fri 10/7/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/8/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/8/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/9/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/9/16 7:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Wed 10/12/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Thu 10/13/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Fri 10/14/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/15/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/15/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/16/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/16/16 7:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Tue 10/18/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Wed 10/19/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Thu 10/20/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Fri 10/21/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/22/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/22/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/23/16 7:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Tue 10/25/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Wed 10/26/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Thu 10/27/16 7:30PM Sense and Sensibility
Fri 10/28/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/29/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sat 10/29/16 8:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/30/16 2:00PM Sense and Sensibility
Sun 10/30/16 7:00PM Sense and Sensibility



Thu 9/15/16 6:30PM Stage Director Talk: Sense and Sensibility


Pre-Show Talk: Sense and Sensibility

Folger Director Michael Witmore leads this insightful small-group seminar.

Wed 9/28/16 6:30PM Pre-Show Talk: Sense and Sensibility


Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet
2016-17 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love.

Kenneth Branagh co-directs with Rob Ashford, reuniting with the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella, Richard Madden and Lily James, as Romeo and Juliet. Also featuring Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio and Meera Syal as The Nurse.

Learn more at the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company website.

 

Mon 10/3/16 7:00PM Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet


Joseph Roach
2016-17 LECTURE
Joseph Roach

Join Dr. Joseph Roach, the Sterling Professor of Theater at Yale University, for this special talk.

Literary celebrity expands beyond the literary canon, inspiring fan cults that resemble those otherwise devoted to icons of popular culture.  Standing above and apart in the scope of their fame, Shakespeare and Austen also claim pride of place in the number and ingenuity of the physical objects created to represent them.  Now that these two stars are summoned by their first names to appear together at the Folger in the presence of the tchochkes collected in their memory, it's time to ask what heavenly magic they have in common that makes so many admirers want to bring them down to earth. 

Tue 10/4/16 7:00PM Joseph Roach



Thu 10/13/16 6:00PM Brews & Banter: Sense and Sensibility


Sharon Olds
2016-17 POETRY
Sharon Olds
“Like Whitman, Ms. Olds sings the body in celebration of a power stronger than political oppression.” 
The New York Times
 
Praised for her “vigorous and fecund metaphorical imagination” (American Book Review), celebrated poet Sharon Olds is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including her latest, Odes. Her numerous awards include the 2014 Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry; the T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Stag’s Leap; and the Lamont Poetry Selection and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living. Olds is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
 
From Sea- Level Elegy
. . .Once, each summer, I howl,
and draw myself  back, out of there, where
desire and joy, where ignorance, where
touch and the ideal, where unwilled, yet willful
blindness—once a year, I have mercy,
I let myself go down where I have lived, and then,
hand over hand, I pull myself back up.
 
From Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds© 2015, published by Alfred A. Knopf. Used with permission. 
 
Mon 10/17/16 7:30PM Sharon Olds


The Anthony  Hecht Poetry Prize Reading with Eavan Boland and Austin Allen

Co-sponsored with The Waywiser Press

Introduced by Phillip Hoy, editor-in-chief of The Waywiser Press

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.

Eavan Boland’s eloquent verse often references her native Ireland, painting its history with a haunting lyricism. She has published ten volumes of poetry, most recently New Collected Poems and A Woman Without Country and prose including Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time. Her honors include the Lannan Award for Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award.

Austin Allen’s poetry has appeared in The Yale Review32 PoemsSouthwest ReviewThe Missouri ReviewPrelude, among others. Pleasures of the Game is his first book and winner of the 2016 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. He is currently a Lecturer in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

The Charm
Onyx locket.
Carven and dark, it
gleams from Bronx to tip.
Is found
each night, and stolen.
Burns
the same-shaped hole in
each thief’s pocket,
gives each the slip.
Is washed clean underground
by that black market
out of which it came.
Returns
bearing your name.
 
From Pleasures of the Game by Austin Allen© 2016, published by The Waywiser Press. Used with permission.
 
Mon 10/24/16 7:30PM The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize Reading with Eavan Boland and Austin Allen


Tyehimba Jess and Robin Coste Lewis

**Ticketholders may view the exhibition prior to the reading.**

With poetry that reveals and revels in the history and experiences of African Americans, Tyehimba Jess and Robin Coste Lewis bring their award-winning work to respond to the masterwork of Jacob Lawrence. Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. His honors include a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. Olio is his most recent collection. He is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California. She received her MFA in poetry from NYU, and an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University. A finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, she has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: BEAUTY AND STRUGGLE IN JACOB LAWRENCE'S MIGRATION SERIES

October 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017

The Phillips Collection and Museum of Modern Art reunite Jacob Lawrence’s masterwork The Migration Series, the seminal  60-panel work by one of the most celebrated African American artists of the 20th century. Shaped by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, this exhibition provides multiple perspectives on the historical, literary, socio-cultural, aesthetic, and contemporary manifestations of migration that underlie Lawrence’s visual narrative. The Phillips is a leader in the study and presentation of Lawrence’s art, organizing retrospective presentations of the artist’s work, producing national arts-integrated teaching curriculum, and recording and archiving two definitive interviews with Lawrence on his art and life before his death.

 
Thu 11/17/16 6:30PM Tyehimba Jess and Robin Coste Lewis


Second Shepherd's Play
2016-17 CONSORT
Second Shepherd's 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 Me and Goodnight 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. 

 

Sun 11/27/16 2:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sun 11/27/16 7:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Thu 12/1/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Fri 12/2/16 8:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sat 12/3/16 2:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sat 12/3/16 8:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sun 12/4/16 2:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Tue 12/6/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Wed 12/7/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Thu 12/8/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Fri 12/9/16 8:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sat 12/10/16 2:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sat 12/10/16 8:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sun 12/11/16 2:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sun 12/11/16 7:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Tue 12/13/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Wed 12/14/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Thu 12/15/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Fri 12/16/16 8:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sat 12/17/16 2:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sat 12/17/16 8:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sun 12/18/16 2:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Sun 12/18/16 7:00PM Second Shepherd's Play
Mon 12/19/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Tue 12/20/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play
Wed 12/21/16 7:30PM Second Shepherd's Play


RSC Live: King Lear
2016-17 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
RSC Live: King Lear

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Misjudging his children’s loyalty and finding himself alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.

Antony Sher returns to the RSC to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare in this, one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays.

Learn more at the RSC Live website.

Mon 12/5/16 7:00PM RSC Live: King Lear



Wed 12/7/16 6:00PM Early Music Seminar: Second Shepherd's Play


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


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


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
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



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



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



Thu 2/16/17 6:00PM Brews & Banter: As You Like It



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


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 at Cambridge.

 

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


The Folger Poetry Board Reading with Jane Hirschfield

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 Hirschfield



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


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
Sun 6/11/17 7:00PM Timon of Athens



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



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



Thu 6/1/17 6:00PM Brews & Banter: Timon of Athens