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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 1/23/18 7:30PM 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


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

Join The Way of the World cast members Luigi Sottile (Henry) and Ashley Austin Morris (Waitress) in this behind-the-scenes conversation before the show. Bluejacket beer and light fare 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
Sat 2/3/18 8:00PM A Branch of Freshest Green


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 -


Free Folger Friday: Flowers, Fashion, and the 18th c. Dining Room

When playwright and poet William Congreve (1670–1729) wrote The Way of the World at the start of the eighteenth century, he set his play in an opulent, glittering London: a city flush with wealth made possible by Britain’s empires overseas.  In this free pre-show lecture, historian Zara Anishanslin will help us to understand the visual and material worlds of Congreve’s original play, describing the links between the eighteenth-century consumption – in many senses! – of fashion, food, and design. We will learn about the luxury goods that were imported to London from across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and how these plants, animals, and minerals were used to enrich one critical eighteenth-century industry: silk manufacturing.

Fri 2/9/18 6:00PM Free Folger Friday: Flowers, Fashion, and the 18th c. Dining Room


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
Sat 2/24/18 4:00PM Il Lauro Verde
Sat 2/24/18 8:00PM Il Lauro Verde
Sun 2/25/18 2:00PM Il Lauro Verde


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 -


Dear Jack, Dear Louise
2017-18 FREE EVENTS
Dear Jack, Dear Louise
Dear Jack, Dear Louise, is a new play written and directed by Ken Ludwig that recounts his parent’s courtship. Cody Nickell (Antony and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, Arcadia) and Kate Eastwood Norris (Mary Stuart, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth) are featured in the title roles.

The staged reading is free, though reservations are requested.

Tue 3/27/18 7:00PM Dear Jack, Dear Louise


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


RSC Live: Twelfth Night
2017-18 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
RSC Live: Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".
 

Mon 4/9/18 7:00PM RSC Live: Twelfth Night


Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture: "Shakespeare's Virtues"

During Shakespeare’s time and ours, virtue, understood broadly as beneficial human capacity, has been variously debated, avoided, and affirmed as a foundational aspect of literature and life. Courage, judgment, trust, hope, and patience are among the virtues cultivated by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which offers a window into the performance of virtue as both creative practice and serious play. In this free, public lecture, Professor Julia Reinhard Lupton will consider both theatrical making and literary education in terms of their potential for building more virtuous humans.

Mon 4/23/18 7:00PM Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture: "Shakespeare's Virtues"


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
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


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


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 -


RSC Live: Macbeth
2017-18 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
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