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May 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



Twelfth Night  

April 30–June 9, 2013
Preview Dates: April 30–May 5, 2013
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: May 6–June 9, 2013
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Richmond

Cast away on the shores of a distant land, lost lovers and their unruly servants converge and conspire in this romance-filled comedy.




33rd Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony  

May 4, 2013    7pm
Folger Shakespeare Library

Readings by this year's winner—Benjamin Alire Saenz for Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club—and finalists—Amelia Gray for Threats; Laird Hunt for Kind One; T. Geronimo Johnson for Hold It 'Til It Hurts; and Thomas Mallon for Watergate—for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, America's largest peer-juried literary prize. Introducing the writers will be this year's judges: Walter Kirn, Nelly Rosario, and A.J. Verdelle. A seated dinner reception follows the ceremony.

Tickets: $125


Special Event

Opening Night of Twelfth Night  

May 6, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

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

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Tickets: Members by invitation



Folger Poetry Board Reading: Paul Muldoon  

May 13, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon shares favorite poems by other poets and reads from his own work.

Tickets: $15



Pre–Show Talk: Twelfth Night  

May 15, 2013    6:30pm
Folger Haskell Center

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

Tickets: $15



Spray Paint: A night with Adam Mansbach, Joseph Ross and Clint Smith.


May 17, 2013    6pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Adam Mansbach, author of #1 The New York Times bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep, reads from his new book Rage is Back, a tale of a father and son, revenge and redemption, and graffiti. Mansbach is joined by poets Joseph Ross and Clint Smith.

Author Adam Mansbach reads from his new book Rage is Back and is joined by poets Joseph Ross and Clint Smith for a night that weaves prose and poetry with themes of graffiti and father and son relationships. 

“Flashing bits of brilliance like a beautifully burned train clacking over a few minutes of elevated rail… Mansbach can write with real talent, maybe crazy talent...” –New York Times Book Review on Rage is Back

Tickets: Free


Family Program

Shakespeare in Action  

May 25, 2013    9:30am–11:30am
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Jump into the active world of Shakespeare’s plays using performance-based techniques that introduce the language to children in grades 3-7. Learn safe swordplay and get into the action with text straight from a Shakespeare play!

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Ages: 6 — 12

Tickets: 35



A Book Behind Bars: The Robben Island Shakespeare  EXTENDED

May 25–October 2, 2013
10am Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Shakespeare Library

A copy of the complete works of Shakespeare signed by ANC prisoners at South Africa’s notorious Robben Island prison in the 1970s, including Nelson Mandela. On exhibit for the first time in the US.

Tickets: FREE



The Folgers Our Founders  

May 30–September 29, 2013
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Founders Room

Explore the collecting history of founders Henry and Emily Folger through highlights from their early purchases. Shakespearean items include a 1632 Second Folio censored by the Spanish Inquisition, the first known manuscript of a Shakespeare play, and a bracelet braided from the hair of American Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth. The Folgers’ collecting extended beyond Shakespeare to his world; highlights include the first printed edition of Euclid’s Elements and a handwritten letter from Elizabeth I to James IV of Scotland.

Tickets: FREE


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