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November 2013


Here is a Play Fitted  

October 1, 2013–January 12, 2014
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Great Hall

Curators: Denise Walen

Discover how staging Shakespeare’s plays has changed over the past 400 years.  More than 100 items—scripts and promptbooks, designs for sets, lights, and costumes, props, models, production photographs, playbills, letters, and reviews— highlight broad shifts over the centuries in the performances of Othello, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the sometimes surprising changes made to the plays.

Tickets: FREE



Romeo and Juliet  CLOSED

October 15–December 1, 2013
Preview Dates: October 15–20, 2013
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: October 23–December 1, 2013
Folger Elizabethan Theatre


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Aaron Posner

The perfect poetry of Shakespeare’s tragedy reveals the heart-breaking loss of “star-crossed” love. Three-time Helen Hayes award-winning director Aaron Posner leads an outstanding ensemble, including Erin Weaver (Arcadia and The Comedy of Errors) as Juliet, Michael Goldsmith (Clybourne Park in London’s West End) as Romeo, and Eric Hissom (Arcadia, Macbeth, and Cyrano) as Friar Lawrence, into the heart of this powerful, provocative play.

Previews: $30-$40
Tue-Thu & Sun Eve: $39-$50
Fri Eve, Sat & Sun Matinee: $52-$65
Sat Eve: $54-$72


Education Program

Student Matinees: Romeo and Juliet  

October 23–November 20, 2013    11:30am–2:30pm
November 14, 2013    11:30am–2:30pm
November 20, 2013    11:30am–2:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Experience the excitement of live theater with a student matinee! These full-length, weekday Folger Theatre performances are followed by post-show discussions with members of the cast.

Teach This Play! Resources from Folger Education

Tickets: $25



Philip Caputo & Kevin Powers  CLOSED

November 4, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Blood Lines: The Literature of War. Authors Philip Caputo & Kevin Powers read from the Folger stage as part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series.

Tickets: $15


Special Event

Here Is A Play Fitted

Gallery Talk


November 7, 2013    6:30pm
Folger Board Room

Join curator Denise A. Walen for a talk and after-hours tour of the exhibition.

Members Only: Join Now

Tickets: Members by invitation



Folger Friday: Ayanna Thompson




November 8, 2013    6pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Ayanna Thompson, a leading scholar of Shakespeare and performance studies, speaks on Romeo and Juliet . Professor of English at George Washington University, Thompson is the author of Colorblind Shakespeare and Passing Strange and the co-editor of Weyward Macbeth.

Tickets: Free


Family Program

Shakespeare in Action Workshop for Families: Romeo and Juliet  

November 9, 2013    9:30am–Noon
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Bring your household into the world of fair Verona as we jump into the action of scenes from Romeo and Juliet! Learn stage combat and prepare to bring this classic play to life.

Recommended Ages 7-14

$35 per 1 adult/1 child

$10 each additional child

Registration Required

Ages: 7 — 14

Tickets: $35



Shakespeare for my Father: A Staged Reading by Kathleen Chalfant  

November 11, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Lynn Redgrave wrote Shakespeare for my Father after receiving an invitation in 1991 from the Folger to present an evening of Shakespeare and family anecdotes. She went on to develop and tour the play internationally; it was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. It and other material related to her remarkable career are part of a new exhibition "Here is a Play Fitted", on view after the November 11 reading and through January 12.

Reception and Exhibition Viewing to Follow

Tickets: $25



The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Shelley Puhak


November 18, 2013    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Co-sponsored with The Waywiser Press

The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is awarded annually by The Waywiser Press for a collection by a poet who has published no more than one book. It includes publication with a $3,000 prize. Shelley Puhak, the 2012 recipient, will read with prize judge Charles Simic.

Tickets: $15



Before & After: Poets Respond to Romeo and Juliet  CLOSED

November 22, 2013    6pm–7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Before & After: Poets respond to Romeo and Juliet

Two local poets respond to the Folger Theatre's Romeo and Juliet. The original work of the poets will explore themes from the play, in this unique lyrical communication between genres.


Tickets: Free


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