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Decoding the Renaissance
Nov 11, 2014–Feb 26, 2015
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Drama & Verse: Simon Armitage and Peter Oswald
Feb 3, 2015
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Mary Stuart
Jan 27–Mar 8, 2015
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Poets Respond to Mary Stuart


Feb 6, 2015
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Quick list of what's on by date:
Exhibition November 11, 2014–February 26, 2015

Decoding the Renaissance  FREE

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

Family Program January 5–December 31, 2015

Reading Room Tours | Saturdays  FREE

Tour our historic Reading Rooms. View paintings from our Shakespeare collection, Nicola d'Ascenzo's stained-glass window inspired by Jacques's "Seven Ages of Man" speech from As You Like It,  a bust of Shakespeare based on his memorial in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford, and sixteenth and seventeenth-century Flemish tapestries.

Theater January 27–March 8, 2015

Mary Stuart  

Imprisoned by her Protestant cousin and Queen of England Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots anxiously waits for her fate to be decided. Leading ladies Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford reunite for the ultimate regal showdown in this bold new translation.

Poetry February 3, 2015

Drama & Verse: Simon Armitage and Peter Oswald  

A reading by two prominent British poet/playwrights.

Special Event February 5, 2015

Acquisitions Night  

Browse and adopt recent additions to the Folger collection during our annual benefit for the acquisitions endowment. Rare books, manuscripts, and works of art are on display with Folger curators and librarians on hand to answer questions. Buffet dinner served in the Great Hall.

Poetry February 6, 2015

Poets Respond to Mary Stuart

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Poets Shelley Puhak and Gayle Danley respond to the Folger Theatre's Mary Stuart.

Family Program February 7, 2015

Create a Code  

Use the most powerful weapon created by man to create your own code.

PEN/Faulkner February 9, 2015

The Imaginary Real: Ruth Ozeki & Claire Vaye Watkins  

Is truth stranger than fiction? Award-winning short story writer Claire Vaye Watkins and acclaimed novelist Ruth Ozeki read from their work and explore the fine line between real and imagined experience.

Lectures February 11, 2015

Pre–Show Talk: Mary Stuart  

Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on Schiller's "Mary Stuart" in an insightful pre-performance discussion. A reception with light fare is included.

Lectures February 13, 2015

“They Would Never Allow Me to Live”: The Secret Writings of Mary Queen of Scots  

Join the Folger’s Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger as she unravels the tangled history behind the secret letters that led to the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. M ary had beauty, wit, and charm—and a desire for power that led her into a web of coded messages, romantic would-be rescuers, and the ultimate game of chance. Presented in association with the Folger exhibition "Decoding the Renaissance", November 11 – February 26.

Poetry February 19, 2015

Human Equations at The Phillips Collection with Rae Armantrout  

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout responds to the Man Ray -- Human Equations exhibition on view at The Phillips Collection (on view Feb 7- May 10, 2015).
Ticketholders may view the exhibition prior to the reading.


Poetry February 21, 2015

Crown’d in Power: Seven diverse poets unite to respond to the timeless and contemporary theme of power in the plays of Shakespeare and Schiller  

Seven diverse poets unite to respond to the timeless and contemporary theme of power in the plays of Shakespeare and Schiller. Paulette Beete, Sarah Browning, Regie Cabico, Hayes Davis, Michael Gushue, Shelley Puhak, and Joshua Weiner take their cue from the language of centuries past and go from the stage to the page to address the very human and timeless desire for power in all forms.  

Lectures February 26, 2015

Brews and Banter: Mary Stuart  

Join the Folger’s young patrons for Brews and Banter, a pre-show conversation about the exciting plays in our 2014-2015 season. Peek behind the curtain with Folger actors and staff and engage with the greatest literature in the world at the world’s largest Shakespeare library. Each Brews and Banter features an actor from our season and an intimate discussion of the play on stage. Beer and light fare is provided, and discounted tickets are available for the performance following the discussion as well as on other selected dates.

Music February 27, 2015

The Merchant of Venice: Music and Poetry of Shakespeare's Play  

Whether or not Shakespeare ever visited Venice, it is certainly true that musicians moved back and forth very freely from Italy to London. Chief among these were the extraordinary wind players of the Bassano Family. Their remarkable music is heard here, with ayres by John Dowland and string music and songs by Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi. Accompanying the music, Sir Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford join the Consort on stage with passages from Shakespeare's great play. With violins, viol, lute, theorbo, and London's Gabrieli Consort.

Poetry March 16, 2015

Mother Tongue: Poetry in Translation– Adam Zagajewski, Clare Cavanagh with Edward Hirsch  

In this bilingual reading, Polish poet Adam Zagajewski will read alongside his translator, Clare Cavanagh, followed by a conversation moderated by Edward Hirsch.

Exhibition March 19–August 23, 2015

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude  FREE

For hundreds of years European merchants staked their fortunes on long-distance voyages. Travel at sea was dangerous and safe passage relied on fair weather and effective navigation. Unlike on land, the sea has no fixed points to help seamen determine their position. This could lead to unnecessarily long voyages or the loss of ships, cargo and life. This exhibition tells the story of the search for better ways of navigating by finding longitude – distance east and west. It was a problem that had frustrated the greatest minds since the late 1400s. 300 years ago the first Longitude Act offered life-changing rewards for workable solutions. Eventually two emerged – using clocks and stars – which cracked the longitude problem and helped re-shape our understanding of the world.

PEN/Faulkner March 27, 2015

All Things Animate, Beating in Unison: An Evening with T.C. Boyle  

With a keen interest in American history, T.C. Boyle has written fictional accounts of the lives and times of Alfred Kinsey, John Harvey Kellogg, Katherine McCormick, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. His forthcoming novel, The Harder they Come, explores the horrifying trend of public shootings in America.

Lectures March 30, 2015

RSC Live: Love's Labours Lost  

Summer 1914: In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of resolve. Recorded live in Stratford-upon-Avon by the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company

Special Event April 1–3, 2015

Don't Rock the Cradle symposium

  

This three-day symposium, inspired by a 2013 conference in Germany, explores books in exhibitions and current options for book cradles and supports. 



Family Program April 4, 2015

Shakespeare in Action for Families  

Words, words, and swords! Perfect your skills of oration and swordplay while performing a scene from Hamlet on the Folger stage!

Lectures April 6, 2015

RSC Live: Love's Labour's Won  

Autumn 1918: A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether-more-combative courtship. Recorded live in Stratford-upon-Avon by the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company.

PEN/Faulkner April 7, 2015

Where We Are From: Allan Gurganus & Elizabeth Strout  

Few authors portray local life in America with as much generous care as Allan Gurganus and Elizabeth Strout. In acclaimed novels and stories, these authors explore the ways in which our sense of place intersects with our sense of self.

Music April 10, 2015

Ships, Clocks, and Stars: Music of Telemann and Other Baroque Masters  

The early 18th century is called the Age of Reason, and the appellation works as well for music as it does for navigation and all the sciences. In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Act of Longitude, Folger Consort will explores the scientific and the satirical in a late Baroque celebration of variety. Virtuoso cantatas, the brilliant and scientific harmonies of of Jean-Philippe Rameaa, and Georg Philipp Telemann's amusing suite based upon Gulliver's Travels are performed with other treasures from an outward looking age. With violins, traverso, viola da gamba, theorbo, harpsichord, and soprano Yulia Van Doren.

Music April 11, 2015

Ships, Clocks, and Stars: Music of Telemann and Other Baroque Masters  

The early 18th century is called the Age of Reason, and the appellation works as well for music as it does for navigation and all the sciences. In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Act of Longitude, Folger Consort will explores the scientific and the satirical in a late Baroque celebration of variety. Virtuoso cantatas, the brilliant and scientific harmonies of of Jean-Philippe Rameaa, and Georg Philipp Telemann's amusing suite based upon Gulliver's Travels are performed with other treasures from an outward looking age. With violins, traverso, viola da gamba, theorbo, harpsichord, and soprano Yulia Van Doren.

Music April 12, 2015

Ships, Clocks, and Stars: Music of Telemann and Other Baroque Masters  

The early 18th century is called the Age of Reason, and the appellation works as well for music as it does for navigation and all the sciences. In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Act of Longitude, Folger Consort will explores the scientific and the satirical in a late Baroque celebration of variety. Virtuoso cantatas, the brilliant and scientific harmonies of of Jean-Philippe Rameaa, and Georg Philipp Telemann's amusing suite based upon Gulliver's Travels are performed with other treasures from an outward looking age. With violins, traverso, viola da gamba, theorbo, harpsichord, and soprano Yulia Van Doren.

Shakespeare's Birthday April 19, 2015

Shakespeare's Birthday Open House  

Come celebrate Will's birthday with jugglers and jesters, music, song, dance, and more. Take your chance to perform your favorite lines of Shakespeare on the Folger stage, and enjoy tours and treasure hunts of the Folger's reading rooms. Try your hand at crafty Elizabethan activities to take home. Plus, birthday cake for all, cut by Queen Elizabeth I!

Exhibition Ongoing, Monday–Saturday

The Shakespeare Gallery  FREE

Discover what it might have been like to see a play in Shakespeare's time in a family-friendly display, The Play's the Thing!, and explore the Folger through our visitor film on why Shakespeare matters.



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