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CURATOR TALKS
2015-16 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
CURATOR TALKS
Folger Library curators provide a behind-the-scenes look the collection
Tue 6/21/16 6:30PM CURATOR TALK: DANIEL DE SIMONE


DISTRICT MERCHANTS
2015-16 THEATRE
DISTRICT MERCHANTS

Love and litigation, deep passions, and predatory lending are taken to a new level in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the endless complexities and contradictions of life in America.  Set among the Black and Jewish populations of an imagined time and place-—simultaneously Shakespearean, post-Civil War Washington, DC, and today-—District Merchants is a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy brought to the stage by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner.

Tue 5/31/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Wed 6/1/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Thu 6/2/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Fri 6/3/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 6/4/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 6/5/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 6/5/16 7:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Wed 6/8/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Thu 6/9/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Fri 6/10/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 6/11/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 6/11/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 6/12/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 6/12/16 7:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Tue 6/14/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Wed 6/15/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Thu 6/16/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Fri 6/17/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 6/18/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 6/18/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 6/19/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 6/19/16 7:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Tue 6/21/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Wed 6/22/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Thu 6/23/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Fri 6/24/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 6/25/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 6/25/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 6/26/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 6/26/16 7:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Tue 6/28/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Wed 6/29/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Thu 6/30/16 7:30PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Fri 7/1/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 7/2/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sat 7/2/16 8:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Sun 7/3/16 2:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS - Open Captioned Performance
Sun 7/3/16 7:00PM DISTRICT MERCHANTS


STAGE DIRECTOR TALK: DISTRICT MERCHANTS

Michael John Garcés, director of District Merchants, shares creative insights into the production.

A reception with light fare is included.

Thu 6/2/16 6:30PM STAGE DIRECTOR TALK: DISTRICT MERCHANTS


Cave Canem Drops the Mic
2015-16 POETRY
Cave Canem Drops the Mic

An open-mic reading of Cave Canem fellows past and present, including Joel Dias-Porter, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Jacqueline Johnson, Sharon Dennis Wyeth, host Alan King, and more.

More about Cave Canem: Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. After 20 years, the organization has a world-class faculty and a national fellowship of 400; awards garnered by fellows include, among many others, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Whiting Writers' Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, the NAACP Image Award, the Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, the National Poetry Series Selection, and Ruth Lilly and Lannan fellowships.
Mon 6/13/16 5:30PM Cave Canem Drops the Mic


20th Anniversary of Cave Canem

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Arts Movement and the 20th anniversary of Cave Canem, poet and author Kwame Alexander will moderate a conversation with three pillars from the Black Arts Movement: Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, and Sonia Sanchez. Following the conversation will be a poetry reading highlighting Cave Canem’s role in advancing African American poetry. The reading will feature Cave Canem co-founder Toi Derricotte, former Cave Canem fellows Gregory Pardlo (2015 Pulitzer Prize-winner), Kyle Dargan (Cave Canem Prize 2007), and Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Mon 6/13/16 7:30PM 20th Anniversary of Cave Canem


PRE-SHOW TALK: DISTRICT MERCHANTS

Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on Aaron Posner’s District Merchants in an insightful pre-performance discussion.

A reception with light fare is included.

Wed 6/15/16 6:30PM PRE-SHOW TALK: DISTRICT MERCHANTS


BREWS & BANTER: DISTRICT MERCHANTS
Join the Folger’s young patrons for a conversation about Aaron Posner’s District Merchants featuring actors from the Folger Theatre production. Patrons 30-and-under can purchase discount tickets to the performance following the conversation.
 
A beer and light fare reception is included.
 
Thu 6/16/16 6:30PM BREWS & BANTER: DISTRICT MERCHANTS


CrossTalk DC Conversations: "A History of Housing Covenants"

Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, Maurice Jackson, and historian and co-creator of Prologue DC, Mara Cherkasky, discuss the history of housing descrimination in DC. Tours of the Folger's America's Shakespeare exhibition are available after the program.


Fri 6/17/16 6:00PM CrossTalk DC Conversations: "A History of Housing Covenants"


Gravedigger's Tale
2015-16 FREE EVENTS
Gravedigger's Tale

Based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this one man interactive play is a family friendly production featuring the comedic actor Louis Butelli. Devised by director Robert Richmond (Richard III and Henry V), the Gravedigger, who appears to have much more knowledge about court life in Elsinore than originally thought, arrives with a trunk and a book and responds to questions from the audience using the text from Hamlet.

Mon 6/20/16 10:30AM Gravedigger's Tale
Wed 6/22/16 10:30AM Gravedigger's Tale
Fri 6/24/16 10:30AM Gravedigger's Tale
Sat 6/25/16 10:30AM Gravedigger's Tale
Sun 6/26/16 12:00PM Gravedigger's Tale


CrossTalk DC Conversations: "Jewish Life in Washington, DC during Reconstruction"

In collaboration with CrossTalk DC partner, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington Executive Director, Laura Apelbaum discusses the history of Judaism in DC. Tours of the Folger's America's Shakespeare exhibition are available after the program.


Thu 6/23/16 6:00PM CrossTalk DC Conversations: "Jewish Life in Washington, DC during Reconstruction"


KIM HALL
2015-16 LECTURE
KIM HALL

Join Dr. Kim Hall, Lucyle Hook Chair and Professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College, for a lecture titled Othello was my Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora.

Mon 6/27/16 7:00PM KIM HALL


CrossTalk DC Conversations: "A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race)"

Andy Shallal and Busboys and Poets host their monthly open discussion providing an opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race.


Fri 7/1/16 6:00PM CrossTalk DC Conversations: "A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race)"


CrossTalk DC Conversations
2016-17 FREE EVENTS
CrossTalk DC Conversations

Join the Folger on select Fridays at 6pm for smart talk, thought-provoking conversations, and more—free and open to the public.

Fri 7/8/16 6:00PM CrossTalk DC Conversations


CrossTalk DC Conversations: DC Public Library's Peabody Room

Jerry A. McCoy, special collections librarian at the DC Public Library's Washingtonian and Peabody Room, offers a brief history of the Peabody Room (nearly destroyed by fire in 2007) and highlights artifacts of African-American history from its collections.

The DC Public Library's Washingtoniana holds more than 25,000 books and other printed materials, covering all subjects related to the District of Columbia. The Peabody Room is a special collection of Georgetown neighborhood history that offers information about the community's homes, businesses, past residents, genealogy, and social history. Additional information is available at The DC Public Library's website.

Fri 7/15/16 6:00PM CrossTalk DC Conversations: DC Public Library's Peabody Room


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