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March 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.




Patrick Tuite: The Irish Imagined in Henry V and other Early Modern Plays


March 1, 2013    6pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Patrick Tuite of Catholic University discusses the role of the Irish people in Henry V and other Early Modern Plays.

Tickets: Free



John Killen, The Breifne O'Reillys: An Ulster Clan in Medieval Ireland  

March 4, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

John Killen, Librarian at Belfast’s Linen Hall Library, speaks on "The Breifne O’Reillys: An Ulster Clan in Medieval Ireland."

Tickets: Free


Special Event

Gallery Talk

Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland


March 7, 2013    6:30pm
Folger Board Room

Join curators Brendan Kane and Thomas Herron for a talk and after-hours tour of the exhibition.


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Tickets: Members by invitation



Early Music Seminar: DUBLIN  

March 13, 2013    6pm
Folger Board Room

Led by Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein, these lively and insightful seminars give music lovers a detailed look at the composers and their world. A light fare reception is also included.

Tickets: $15



DUBLIN: Celtic and Art Music  

March 15, 2013    8pm
March 16, 2013    5pm
March 16, 2013    8pm
March 17, 2013    2pm
March 17, 2013    5pm
Pre-concert discussion Friday at 7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Sample the rich array of music from Ireland and its Celtic neighbor Scotland, including pieces for bagpipe, harp, and fiddle, as well as the English court music of the time, including compositions by William Lawes, blind harpist Turlough O’Carolan, and others. With harpist Siobhan Armstrong, soprano Molly Quinn, and period strings.

Tickets: $37


Education Program

2013 Secondary Schools Shakespeare Festival  

March 18–26, 2013    9am–4pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Watch as Shakespeare's words come to life through performances from local secondary school students! Each performance lasts about 25 minutes, and ranges from high drama to zany comedy as they perform for their peers. Visitor seating available in the Balcony.

Learn more about Student Festivals

Tickets: Free



Living History: Geraldine Brooks, Julie Otsuka, & Dolen Perkins–Valdez  

March 28, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Reclaiming female voices from the threat of historical silence.


Australian-born Geraldine Brooks, author and journalist, has most recently published Caleb’s Crossing, a novel based on the true story of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665 told in the voice of his beautiful young Puritan friend.


Julie Otsuka’s recent novel, The Buddha in the Attic, the journey of a group of young women brought to San Francisco from Japan as picture-brides, is the winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.


Dolen Perkins-Valdez’ debut novel, and New York Times bestseller Wench, is the fascinating story of the friendship of four 19th-century Southern American women at a resort where white slaveholders bring their enslaved mistresses.

Tickets: $15



Forrest Gander on Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet  

March 28, 2013    6:30pm
The Phillips Collection

Pulitzer Prize finalist Forrest Gander reads at the Phillips Collection in response to Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet—an exhibition exploring the artistic dialogue between the painter Jackson Pollock, artist and patron Alfonso Ossorio, and painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet.

Tickets: $15


Special Event

Member Appreciation Weekend  

March 29–30, 2013
Folger Shakespeare Library

Explore every aspect of this lively library in this annual members-only open house.

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Tickets: Members by invitation


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