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November 2012


The Conference of the Birds  

October 23–November 25, 2012
Preview Dates: October 23–28, 2012
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: October 29–November 25, 2012
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Stage version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook

Based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar

Directed by Aaron Posner | Original music performed by Tom Teasley

A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine.




Peter Sís  

November 2, 2012    6pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Peter Sís is an acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. A MacArthur fellow and Caldecott award winner, Sís is the author of more than 20 books and a seven-time honoree for The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

Tickets: $15



Red, White, and Blue: Poets on Politics
Nikky Finney and Brian Turner

November 5, 2012    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Just one day before Election Day, the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series explores the role of politics in the literary landscape today with readings by 2011 National Book Prize winner Nikky Finney and Iraq war veteran and poet Brian Turner. The reading is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America. Reception and book signing to follow.

Tickets: $15



Pre–Show Talk: The Conference of the Birds  

November 7, 2012    6:30pm
Folger Haskell Center

Michele Osherow, Folger Theatre's Resident Dramaturg and Associate Professor of English at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, leads an insightful, scholarly talk about The Conference of the Birds. Includes light fare reception.

Tickets: $15



Ricky Jay  

November 8, 2012    8pm
Folger Old Reading Room

Ricky Jay, author, actor, historian, and one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand artists - a "student of deception and occassional practitioner" - gives an illustrated talk, Very Like a Weasel: The Cylicial and Ever Changing Nature of Deceit.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Very Like a Whale.

Tickets: $35



Free Radicals: Robert Stone & Lauren Groff  

November 12, 2012    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Exploring the idealism and aftermath of utopian aspirations


Robert Stone is the author of seven novels including Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award; A Flag for Sunrise, finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; Children of Light; and Bear and His Daughter, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest story collection, Fun with Problems, is filled with captivating prose illuminating all aspects of the human condition.


Lauren Groff’s most recent novel, Arcadia, describes the journeys of children from a hippie community discovering life beyond their youthful utopias. The New York Times noted, “the raw beauty of Ms. Groff’s prose is one of the best things about Arcadia.” Groff’s first novel, the bestselling The Monsters of Templeton, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and her short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories 2010, and Pushcart Prize XXXII.

Tickets: $15


Special Event

Gallery Talk

Very Like a Whale


November 14, 2012    6:30pm
Folger Board Room

Join curators Rosamond Purcell and Michael Witmore for a talk and after-hours tour of the exhibition.


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Tickets: Members by invitation



Stephen Landrigan & Qais Akbar Omar: Shakespeare in Kabul  

November 16, 2012    6pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Shakespeare in Kabul chronicles a remarkable production of Love’s Labor’s Lost that was staged in the Dari language in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006. It provides a glimpse into the rich cultural life of Afghanistan as it describes the challenges faced by the actors on and off stage, the response they stirred, and the tragic consequences that followed for one of them.

Tickets: Free


Special Event

Opening Night of The Conference of the Birds  

November 17, 2012    8pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

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

Rescheduled from Monday, October 29.

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Tickets: Members by invitation



The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Mark Strand & Chris Andrews  

November 19, 2012    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Mark Strand, former U.S. Poet Laureate and judge of The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, has chosen Chris Andrews'  Lime Green Chair as the 2011 winner. Strand and Andrews read from their works. Reception and book signing to follow.

Tickets: $15


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