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February 2013


Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland  

January 19–May 19, 2013
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Great Hall

Curators: Thomas Herron and Brendan Kane

Often portrayed only as a country in conflict during the 16th and 17th centuries, Ireland was also a place of intermingling culture and adaptability. Nobility and Newcomers explores both the conflict and the opportunities and challenges open to both Irish and English nobility, and reveals Ireland as a land of ideas and art.

Please note: Sundays, open NOON - 5pm

Tickets: FREE



Henry V  

January 22–March 10, 2013
Preview Dates: January 22–27, 2013
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: January 28–March 10, 2013
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Richmond

Imagine the thrilling grasp for power by a young king whose ambition reaches beyond the English court to the fields of France.



Special Event

Exhibition Opening

Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland


February 4, 2013    6:30pm–8:30pm
Folger Great Hall

Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition with remarks and a reception in the Folger's Great Hall.

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Tickets: Free



Modern Americana: Chad Harbach & Karen Russell  

February 5, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

First-time novelists read from their acclaimed works. Russell’s Swamplandia! was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Harbach’s best seller The Art of Fielding is a fresh and poignantly non-sentimental new American baseball story.

Tickets: $15



Pre–Show Talk: Henry V  

February 6, 2013    6:30pm
Folger Haskell Center

Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger, shares his perspective on Shakespeare’s Henry V in an insightful pre-performance discussion. Includes light fare reception.

Tickets: $15



B.H. Fairchild & Mary Jo Bang  

February 11, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Award-winning poets B.H. Fairchild and Mary Jo Bang come together in a reading that highlights their inventive and creative poetry. Reception and book signing to follow.

Tickets: $15


Special Event

Acquisitions Night 2013  

February 21, 2013    6:30pm–8:30pm
Folger Old Reading Room

Browse and perhaps adopt recent additions to the Folger collection during our annual benefit for the acquisitions endowment. Rare books, manuscripts, and works of art will be on display with Folger curators and librarians on hand to answer questions. Buffet dinner served in Great Hall.

Acquisitions Night

Tickets: $100



Power, Corruption, and Lies: William Kennedy & Thomas Mallon  

February 25, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

A modern lens on the politics of our past


Critically acclaimed writer William Kennedy brings his native city to literary life again in Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, an in-depth, absorbing novel set in Albany, NY during the civil rights movement and during the civil unrest in 1950’s Cuba. A long-time reporter, screenwriter, and novelist, Kennedy received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Ironweed, adapted into the 1987 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.


Thomas Mallon sets his latest compelling historical novel in Washington, DC with Watergate, an intriguing version of a nation’s scandal. Mallon is author of eight novels, including Henry and Clara, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Fellow Travelers, as well as many works of nonfiction, essays, and contributions to The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. The Los Angeles Times described his work as “some of the most lucid prose in contemporary American literature.”

Tickets: $15


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