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May 2012


Shakespeare's Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500–1700  

February 3–May 20, 2012
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Great Hall

Curators: Georgianna Ziegler

Virginia Woolf famously evoked Shakespeare’s sister in A Room of One’s Own as she tried to imagine the difficulties women writers faced during the early modern period. In fact, Woolf was not aware of how many women actually were writing during that time, because many of their works were never published, and those that were, lay in relative critical neglect. This exhibition explores those women who were, in fact, writing during Shakespeare's time. It reimagines the “conversations” of these early women writers: with each other as members of families or groups; with the Bible; with spiritual and secular ideas; and with male writers of the time.

Special Sunday viewing hours from noon to 5pm.

Tickets: FREE



The Taming of the Shrew  

May 1–June 10, 2012
Preview Dates: May 1–6, 2012
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: May 7–June 10, 2012
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Aaron Posner

The battle of the sexes wages on as the arrogant Petruchio and the headstrong Kate face off in Shakespeare’s comedic examination of the institution of marriage and the journey toward love.

Previews: $30-$40
Tue-Thu & Sun Eve: $39-$50
Fri Eve, Sat & Sun Matinee:
Sat Eve:



PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony  

May 5, 2012    7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Hear Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic, winner of America's largest peer-juried fiction award, and the four finalists - Russell Banks, Lost Memory of Skin; Don DeLillo, The Angel Esmeralda; Anita Desai, The Artist of Disappearance; and Steven Millhauser, We Others - read from their work, with presentations by this year’s judges Marita Golden, Maureen Howard, and Steve Yarbrough. A reception follows the ceremony.

Tickets: $125


Special Event

Opening Night
The Taming of the Shrew

May 7, 2012    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Enjoy the opening night performance of Folger Theatre's production of The Taming of the Shrew followed by a reception with the cast and company.

More Information

Tickets: Members by invitation



Folger Poetry Board Reading: Gary Snyder  

May 14, 2012    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Snyder has published 16 books of poetry and prose, and received numerous accollades, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, an American Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award. In this reading, Snyder will share favorite poems by other poets in addition to reading from his own work.

Tickets: $15



Pre–Show Discussion: The Taming of the Shrew  

May 16, 2012    6:30pm
Folger Haskell Center

Mike Witmore, Director of the Folger, shares his perspective on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in a pre-performance discussion.

Tickets: $15



An Evening with Ann Patchett  

May 18, 2012    7:30pm
Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues NW

Patchett is an award-winning author. Her books include The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician's Assistant, Run, and, most recently, State of Wonder. Special Reading - not part of the subscription series.

Tickets: $22


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