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May 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



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



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


Education Program

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

May 7, 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: It's a Garden Party!  

May 3, 2014    10am–11am
Folger Elizabethan Garden

Learn about the different plants and animals in Shakespeare's plays and experience the great outdoors in the Folger Elizabethan Garden.

Recommended ages: 6-12

Reserve your spot

Ages: 6 — 12

Tickets: Free



Folger Board Reading: Carol Ann Duffy  

May 5, 2014    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Carol Ann Duffy often pulls upon history and myth in fresh and invigorating poetry that showcases a contemporary wit.

Tickets: $15



Pre–Show Talk: The Two Gentlemen of Verona  

May 7, 2014    6:30pm
Folger Haskell Center

Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on Shakespeare's charming comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona , in an insightful pre-performance discussion. A reception with light fare is included.

Tickets: $15



Before & After: Poets respond to Two Gentlemen of Verona  

May 9, 2014    6pm–7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Before & After: Poets respond to Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two local poets, Michael Gushue and Regie Cabico, respond to the theatre production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. The original work of the poets will explore themes from the play, in this unique lyrical communication between genres.

Tickets: Free



34th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner  

May 10, 2014    7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

America's largest peer-juried prize for fiction honors this year's winner or "first among equals" -- Karen Joy Fowler for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves -- and the four finalists -- Daniel Alarcon for At Night We Walk in Circles, Percival Everett for Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Joan Silber for Fools, and Valerie Trueblood for Search Party -- in an evening of readings and presentations by the judges. A buffet dinner follows.

Tickets: $100;
Table of ten: $1,500
(exclusively available through the Folger box office: (202) 544-7077


Education Program

Emily Jordan Folger Children's Shakespeare Festival  

May 12–16, 2014    9am–2pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

The Emily Jordan Folger Children's Festival for students in grades 3 to 6 is held each spring on the stage of our Elizabethan Theatre.  Performances last between 10 and 20 minutes. Balcony seating is available for parents and general audience members.

Why Festivals Matter

Ages: 8 — 12

Tickets: Accepted Schools will pay a nominal fee



James Shapiro: Shakespeare in America  

May 12, 2014    7:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

James Shapiro discusses his new book, "Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now." Reception and exhibition viewing to follow.

Tickets: $15



Preview Screening: Still Dreaming  

May 19, 2014    7pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Stretching physical, emotional and mental limits, a group of retired Broadway actors, musicians and dancers bravely dive into a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and find the thrilling value of engaging in your passions no matter your circumstance or your age. The screening will be followed by a talk back with the film's creators.

Tickets: $20/$15 for Members



Fiasco Theater's Cymbeline  

May 28–June 1, 2014
Preview Dates: May 28, 2014
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: May 28–June 1, 2014
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld

Voted one of the top 10 theatrical productions of 2011 by New York magazine and winner of the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for “Best Revival,” Fiasco’s music-filled rendering lets “the comedy, poignancy and unlikely magic of Cymbeline surface gently and naturally." (The New York Times)




Cymbeline Pre–Show Talk: Valerie Wayne  

May 29, 2014    12:30pm
Folger Elizabethan Theatre

Valerie Wayne, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, examines the success of Fiasco Theater's production of Cymbeline.

Tickets: Free



A Midsummer Night's Dream: In Concert  

May 29–June 1, 2014
Preview Dates: May 29, 2014
Regular Performance and Matinee Dates: May 29–June 1, 2014
Music Center at Strathmore and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

William Shakespeare

Edward Berkeley

Marin Alsop, conductor

Presented in collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The BSO and Folger Theatre present:

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
   Incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn
   Concert Adaptation by Edward Berkeley


The worlds of orchestra and theater collide. Marin Alsop conducts the magical music of Mendelssohn as actors breathe life into Shakespeare's timeless story of love and enchantment.



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Education Program

Hands on Heraldry Workshop  

May 31, 2014    10am–11am
Folger Haskell Center

Prepare for the upcoming "All About Me: Identity and Design" contest!

We're having an exhibition all about heraldry and family history starting in July, and we want you to be a part of it. So, we're having a contest to give you a chance to show your stuff.

Join us for this special workshop in which we will explore components of Elizabethan heraldry to help you on your way!

For current 2nd-6th grade students.

Tickets: Free


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