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April 2014


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



Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture 2014: Brian Cummings
Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti–Biography

April 3, 2014    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Part of the Folger's 2014 celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth

The biography of Shakespeare is a paradox. He is at once a figure of cultural saturation and an indefinable enigma. University of York Professor Brian Cummings discusses the problem of writing the life of Shakespeare in terms of the documentary history and its haunting sense of missing links.

Tickets: Free



Elizabethan Garden Tour  

April 6–October 31, 2014    10am
Folger Elizabethan Garden

Garden tours are offered at 10am and 11am on the first and third Saturday of each month, April through October.
The Elizabethan Garden is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and before most Folger performances.

Explore our garden, inspired by herbal references in Shakespeare's plays and also incorporating plants popular in his time, including lavender, creeping thyme, and English ivy; a knot garden; and Shakespearean statues by American sculptor Greg Wyatt. Folger docents offer insights into plantings, Elizabethan customs, and more.

Tickets: Free



The Literary Legacy of Seamus Heaney  

April 7, 2014    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Robert Lowell called Seamus Heaney “the most important Irish poet since W.B. Yeats." With Eamon Grennan, Frank Bidart, Bernard O'Donoghue, Paula Meehan and Jane Hirshfield, we honor his passing in 2013 and celebrate Heaney's legacy as an acclaimed poet, translator, playwright, and lecturer.

Special note: This reading has been moved from the Church of the Reformation to the Folger Theatre.

Tickets: $25



Early Music Seminar: SHIPS, CLOCKS, AND STARS

April 8, 2014    6pm
Folger Haskell Center

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



The Heart of Things Human: An Evening with Richard Ford, in conversation with Ron Charles  

April 10, 2014    7:30pm
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street, NE

The Heart of Things Human: An Evening with Richard Ford. Acclaimed author Richard Ford reads and discusses his work with the Washington Post's Ron Charles. Please note: This event will be held in The Lutheran Church of the Reformation, directly across the street from the Folger Shakespeare Library. A book signing and reception will follow in the Folger's Great Hall.

Tickets: $15



A Polish Renaissance: Music of Poland's Golden Age  

April 11, 2014    8pm
April 12, 2014    5pm
April 12, 2014    8pm
April 13, 2014    2pm
Pre-concert discussion Friday at 7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Folger Consort enters into an eastern tributary to the main stream of Renaissance music — the rarely heard, extraordinary musical art of what was then Europe’s largest kingdom. With bagpipe, viols, cornetto, lute, organ, and trombone accompanying vocal ensemble The Western Wind.

Tickets: $37



Amy Tan and Deborah Tannen: Two Lives in Language  

April 16, 2014    7:30pm
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street, NE

Originally scheduled for March 3, 2014, but rescheduled due to snow. Questions about your tickets? Contact the box office at 202.544.7077 or boxoffice@folger.edu

Amy Tan and Deborah Tannen in Conversation. Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and The Valley of Amazement. Deborah Tannen’s books include You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, You’re Wearing THAT? (about mothers and daughters), Talking from 9 to 5 (about workplace communication), and I Only Say This Because I Love You (about adult family relationships). She has also published poems, short stories, and personal essays. Her play “An Act of Devotion” is included in Best American Short Plays 1993– 1994.

Tickets: $15



Fiasco Theater's The Two Gentlemen of Verona  

April 17–May 25, 2014
Preview Dates: April 17–20, 2014
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: April 21–May 25, 2014
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Ben Steinfeld and Jessie Austrian

New York’s inventive Fiasco Theater has established its reputation for bringing Shakespeare’s most whimsical and timeless tales to the stage. This dizzying romantic adventure is a comedy filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and also the “sourest-natured” dog Crab.

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


Special Event

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Opening Night


April 19, 2014    7:30pm
Folger Great Hall

Enjoy the opening night performance of Folger Theatre's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona followed by a reception with the cast and company.

Members Only: Join Now

Tickets: Members by invitation


Family Program

Shakespeare in Action Workshop for Families: Birthday Celebration  

April 19, 2014    9:30am–Noon
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Come dance, sing, and play- it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday! Learn stage combat and celebrate with a performance on the Folger stage! Refreshments served.


Recommended Ages 7-14

$35 per 1 adult/1 child

$10 each additional child

Registration Required

Ages: 7 — 14

Tickets: $35


Special Event

Folger Gala  

April 23, 2014    6:30pm
Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library's annual gala is its most important fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the event will support the outstanding cultural and educational programming the Folger offers to the greater Washington area and beyond.

2013 Gala

Tickets: $600


Education Program

Student Matinees: Fiasco Theatre Company's The Two Gentlemen of Verona  

April 25, 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


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