A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine.

THIS PRODUCTION CLOSED NOVEMBER 25, 2013. To see select scenes from the critically acclaimed play, watch the trailer video below.

To see a video of select cast members and director Aaron Posner speaking about the production, click on to our YouTube channel.

"The Conference of the Birds is equal parts hero's quest, moral fable, tall tale, adventure story, religious parable, buddy movie, and poetic flight of fancy," says director Aaron Posner. "It is an astonishing work, and, hopefully, unlike anything you have likely ever seen before." For more of what Posner has to say about the play, read his director's note.

Helen Hayes Awards


Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production
Erika Chong Shuch

What the Critics Said:

“a beautiful mash-up of music, physical theater...and ancient Persian poetry” - Washington Post

“a gorgeous, whirling, harmonious spectacle” - Washingtonian

“a vivid reminder of what makes theater...such a singularly affecting art” - City Paper

“a downright brilliant piece of theater” - ShowBiz Radio

"truly powerful...mesmerizing" - We Love DC

Suitable for audiences age 8 and up.


Tuesday, October 23, 7:30pm
Tickets available one hour prior to the performance; cash only

College Night
Friday, November 2, 8pm
$10 tickets with valid student ID

Pre-Show Talk
Friday, November 2, 6:30pm
Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís will discuss his first book for adults, a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the classic 12th-century Sufi epic poem, The Conference of the Birds. Buy Tickets

Pre-Show Talk
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30pm
An insightful, scholarly discussion of the play with Michele Osherow, Folger Theatre's Resident Dramaturg and Associate Professor of English at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Includes light fare reception. Buy Tickets

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday, November 15
Following the 7:30pm performance

Pre-Show Talk
Friday, November 16, 6:00pm
Shakespeare in Kabul
chronicles a remarkable production of Love’s Labor’s Lost that was staged in the Dari language in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006. It provides a glimpse into the rich cultural life of Afghanistan as it describes the challenges faced by the actors on and off stage, the response they stirred, and the tragic consequences that followed for one of them. Advance reservation is free. All advance reservations must be made by 5pm on November 15Reserve Your Seats

Sunday, November 25, 2pm
Call the box office at 202.544.7077 for details