Home
Shop  |  Calendar  |  Join  |  Buy Tickets  |  Hamnet  |  Site Rental  |  Press Room  
  
About UsWhat's OnUse the CollectionDiscover ShakespeareTeach & LearnFolger InstituteSupport Us
What's On

   Sign up for E-news!
   Printer Friendly

What's On



Theater   Poetry   Exhibition   PEN/Faulkner


Julius Caesar
Oct 28–Dec 7, 2014
Learn More

Buy Tickets
 

Poets Respond to Julius Caesar
Nov 21, 2014
Learn More
 

Decoding the Renaissance
Nov 11, 2014–Feb 26, 2015
Learn More
 

In This Way Comes Morning: New Writing of the West African Diaspora
Nov 24, 2014
Learn More

Buy Tickets


Quick list of what's on by date:
Family Program August 3, 2013–December 31, 2014

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 October 28–December 7, 2014

Julius Caesar  

Beware the Ides of March, Caesar. Julius Caesar returns home victorious, securing both unparalleled power and popularity. Fearful for the Republic and driven by their own ambition, several senators conspire to assassinate the Roman dictator in the Capitol. However, their brash move plunges Rome into chaos and threatens the very democracy they swore to uphold.

 

In the shadow of the nearby Capitol building, Shakespeare’s searing commentary on power, ambition, and democratic responsibility smolders just in time for midterm elections.



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.

Poetry November 21, 2014

Poets Respond to Julius Caesar  FREE

Poets Joshua Weiner and Hayes Davis respond with original works to Folger Theatre's production of Julius Caesar.

Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish. He is also the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn, and the poetry editor at Tikkun magazine.

Hayes Davis holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland; he is a member of Cave Canem's first cohort of fellows, and a former Bread Loaf working scholar.



PEN/Faulkner November 24, 2014

In This Way Comes Morning: New Writing of the West African Diaspora  

The past few years have been a particularly fertile period for American publishing from authors of Nigerian and West African origin. PEN/Faulkner brings Okey Ndibe, Chinelo Okparanta, Taiye Selasi together to read from their work and discuss the breadth of writing about, and within, this community.

Lectures December 2, 2014

Neil L. Rudenstine: Ideas of Order  

Author Neil Rudenstine discusses Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Rudenstine, a former Harvard University president and an Elizabethan scholar, reveals an underlying structure within the 154 poems that inspires a new understanding of this complex masterpiece. Book signing and wine reception to follow.

PEN/Faulkner December 5, 2014

PEN/Malamud Celebration  

In celebration of what would have been American master Bernard Malamud’s 100th year, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Malamud Family will host previous recipients of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story in a celebratory evening of readings in Malamud’s honor. Participating authors include Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, and Tobias Wolff.

Family Program December 6, 2014

Yuletide Shakespeare  FREE

Celebrate the holidays with William Shakespeare, his language, and his world.

Poetry December 8, 2014

The Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Rafael Campo  

Physician and poet Dr. Rafael Campo bridges the worlds of arts and science in this annual poetry reading in honor of Emily Dickinson.

Music December 16, 2014

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Lectures December 17, 2014


Early Music Seminar: A RENAISSANCE CHRISTMAS
  

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.

Music December 17, 2014

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Music December 18, 2014

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Music December 19, 2014

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Music December 20, 2014

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Music December 21, 2014

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Music December 22, 2014

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Music December 23, 2014

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500  

In the courts of Renaissance Italy, princes vied with each other in filling their chapels with the famous singer/composers from the North. As learned polyphony helped the rulers of Florence and Ferrara display their erudition and good taste, glimmers of a more popular native Italian style started appearing, first at the court of the Sforzas in Milan. Many of these new style works honored Mary, the most popular of all saints. With voices, winds, and strings, the Consort explores the contrast between these styles in this program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht, and Compère.

Music January 9, 2015

The Road to Canterbury: Music of Medieval England  

English music of the 13th and 14th centuries from cathedral, town, and country has a characteristic sweetness and cheerful liveliness not often found in continental music of the period. In this program of medieval music entirely fitting to the great space of Washington National Cathedral, Folger Consort performs a song mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, engaging dances, and ethereal motets from the Lady Masses celebrated in the side chapels of cathedrals, as well as sweet songs in Middle English and Latin. With medieval fiddle, winds, and acclaimed vocal ensemble Lionheart.

Lectures January 10, 2015

Paul Strohm: Chaucer's Tale  

Paul Strohm has been J.R.R. Tolkien Professor at the University of Oxford and, more recently, Garbedian Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. His Folger lecture, “Chaucer and the Road to Canterbury,” will begin with the surprising observation that Chaucer himself probably never visited Canterbury and that the Canterbury Tales ends with his pilgrims still short of their destination. He will go on to suggest that for late medieval England Canterbury was not only a geographical place but an idealized locus of spiritual aspiration and desire.

Music January 10, 2015

The Road to Canterbury: Music of Medieval England  

English music of the 13th and 14th centuries from cathedral, town, and country has a characteristic sweetness and cheerful liveliness not often found in continental music of the period. In this program of medieval music entirely fitting to the great space of Washington National Cathedral, Folger Consort performs a song mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, engaging dances, and ethereal motets from the Lady Masses celebrated in the side chapels of cathedrals, as well as sweet songs in Middle English and Latin. With medieval fiddle, winds, and acclaimed vocal ensemble Lionheart.

PEN/Faulkner January 12, 2015

In the Beginning Was the Word: An Evening with James Carroll & Marilynne Robinson  

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson and National Book Award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer James Carroll will read from their new novels and discuss the role that faith has played in shaping them as writers and what, if any, role their beliefs are expressed in their fiction.

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.

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.

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.



Bookmark and Share   
 
     Copyright & Policies   |   Sitemap   |   Contact Us   |   About This Site
RSS   
 
  Address:
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Get directions »

Federal Tax ID #04-2103542
    Hours:
PublicReading Room
10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
    Phone:
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623