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February 2014



January 28–March 16, 2014
Preview Dates: January 28–February 2, 2014
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: February 3–March 16, 2014
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Richmond

Weighing how history is written, Robert Richmond returns to direct another of Shakespeare’s celebrated stories of the English throne. With the skeletal remains of the long-vilified king being discovered earlier this year, beneath a parking lot of all places, this staging features Drew Cortese as the Machiavellian king.

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



Shakespeare's the Thing  FREE

January 28–June 15, 2014
10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
12pm–5pm Sunday
Folger Great Hall

Curators: Georgianna Ziegler

Explore Shakespeare’s influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship through treasures from the Folger collection hand-picked by Folger staff, including a special look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. Marking Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

Tickets: FREE


Special Event

Richard III

Opening Night


February 3, 2014    7:30pm
Folger Great Hall

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

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Tickets: Members by invitation



Blake Bailey, Ruth Franklin, and D.T. Max  

February 4, 2014    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Whose Life Is it, Anyway?: The Literary Biographer's Craft. Authors Blake Bailey, Ruth Franklin, and D.T. Max read from the Folger stage as part of the PEN/Faulkner reading series. A book signing and reception will follow.

Tickets: $15



Finding Richard: Turi King and Mathew Morris  

February 5, 2014    7:30pm
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street, NE

Following the amazing discovery of the remains of King Richard III, geneticist Turi King and fieldwork director Mathew Morris, both part of the Greyfriars Project that discovered Richard's body, speak on the archaeological dig and verification by DNA research. Buried for centuries, Richard's body was discovered in September 2012 beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England.

Presented in association with St. Louis University and with support from the British Council.

Tickets: $25/$20 for Members


Education Program

Student Matinees: Richard III  

February 7, 2014    11:30am–2:30pm
February 13, 2014    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.

Tickets: $25


Family Program

Shake Up Your Saturdays: Shakespeare in Love  

February 8, 2014    10am–11am
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Explore what many believe is the most beautiful love poetry of all time-along with Shakespeare's hilarious tales of mistaken identity and absurd antics - all in the name of love.

Recommended ages: 6-12

Reserve your spot

Ages: 6 — 12

Tickets: Free



Pre–Show Talk: Richard III  

February 12, 2014    6:30pm
Folger Haskell Center

Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on Shakespeare's story of power and deception in an insightful pre-performance discussion. A reception with light fare is included.

Tickets: $15



Before & After: Poets Respond to Richard III  

February 21, 2014    6pm–7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Before & After: Poets respond to Richard III

Two local poets, Sarah Browning and Brian Gilmore  respond to the Folger Theatre's Richard III. The original work of the poets will explore themes from the play, in this unique lyrical communication between genres.


Tickets: Free



Ayana Mathis & Justin Torres  

February 24, 2014    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Survival Instincts: First-time Novelists on the Ties that Bind. Authors Ayana Mathis and Justin Torres read from the Folger stage as part of the PEN/Faulkner reading series. A book signing and reception will follow.

Tickets: $15



Made in the USA: Tina Chang and Maurice Manning  

February 27, 2014    6:30pm
Phillips Auditorium, 1600 21st Street, NW Washington, DC

Tina Chang’s poetry, with its fluid historical knowledge, and Maurice Manning’s work, with its homage to the American experience, converge for one night in response to the wide-ranging art collection assembled by Duncan Phillips, The Phillips Collection founder.

Tickets: $15


Special Event

Shakespeare's the Thing

Gallery Talk


February 27, 2014    6:30pm
Folger Board Room

Join the curator Georgianna Ziegler for a talk and after-hours tour of the exhibition.

Members Only: Join Now

Tickets: Members by invitation



Folger Friday: Mimi Yiu  

February 28, 2014    6pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Mimi Yiu, an early modern scholar in the English department at Georgetown, discusses the connections between early modern architecture and staging.

Tickets: Free


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