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Extended through November 13th!
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 (Maggie McDowell) and Marianne (Erin Weaver) become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances.
Single Tickets & Flexible Packages Now Available
Our 25th anniversary season features amazing productions of Sense and Sensibility, As You Like It, and Timon of Athens. Join us as we continue to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare during this very special year.
Great Women Writers Coming to the Folger
Our upcoming Fall readings at the Folger include award-winning women authors, kicking off new seasons for our O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Series. Reception & book-signings follow each reading.
Roomful of Teeth performs on Nov. 20th
Roomful of Teeth, the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble performs a musical celebration of Shakespeare, including a Folger commission by Pulitizer Prize-winnning composer Caroline Shaw inspired by The Tempest. The new work captures the sound of Prospero and Caliban’s island using human voices.
Upcoming at the Folger
Oct 20PEN/Faulkner Fiction
Oct 21Talks, Screenings, & More
Oct 24O.B. Hardison Poetry
Shakespeare Unlimited Podcast
How Shakespeare's First Folio Became a Star
Today, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works, printed in 1623, can sell for millions of dollars. But the First Folio wasn’t always valued so highly. How and when did this book become a cultural icon with such a dizzying price tag?
CrossTalk: DC Reflects on Identity and Difference
Join us for CrossTalk DC, a community engagement initiative that will bring together people of all ages, races, religions, professions, and lives to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history.
The Folger collection includes some 60,000 handwritten documents dating from the 15th to the 21st century, offering unique windows onto life in Shakespeare’s time, later writers' fascination with Shakespeare, and the development of the English theater over the centuries.
2016–2017 Scholarly Programs
The Folger Institute gathers scholars to work together around specific topics relating to Shakespeare and his time. Program formats vary, with offerings lasting a weekend or a year and participants drawing from faculty or graduate students. Funding for participants is often available to support travel and lodging.