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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.
Flexible Packages Available Through Nov. 13
Our 25th anniversary season features amazing productions of Sense and Sensibility, As You Like It, and Timon of Athens. WIth our new flexible packages, you can choose the date and time to our shows and enjoy all of the savings and benefits of being a Folger subscriber.
Roomful of Teeth performs on November 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.
Tyehimba Jess and Robin Coste Lewis at The Phillips Collection
Two poets respond to seminal artist Jacob Lawrence's 60-panel masterpiece Migration Series on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm. Ticketholders may view the exhibition prior to the reading.
Upcoming at the Folger
Nov 4Talks, Screenings, & More
Nov 17O.B. Hardison Poetry
Nov 20Talks, Screenings, & More
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.