• Acting, Emotion, and Science on Shakespeare's Stage

    How do actors do what they do? How do they stir up emotions, both in themselves and in us as we watch them? Joseph Roach talks about how the actor’s art has been understood by scientists, philosophers, actors, and audiences through history.

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  • Folger Consort: Tastes of the Mediterranean

    Renaissance music of Spain and Italy offers a variety of tastes and flavors—from rustic to courtly to the sublime. Mar 29-31

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    Secondary School Shakespeare Festival

    Local middle school and high school students are at the Folger this month to perform Shakespeare scenes for each other at the annual Secondary School Shakespeare Festival.

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  • First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas

    Just like today, getting food from farm to table in the early modern British world was hard work. First Chefs tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of British and American farms, plantations, kitchens, and markets through historic manuscripts, books, and artifacts. On view through Mar 31.

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    17th-Century Marmalade

    The Folger has the world’s largest collection of early modern English 17th-century recipe book manuscripts. Try this recipe for marmalade from Hannah Woolley, the Betty Crocker of her time.

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The Pop-Cultural Legacy of Olivier's Richard III

Has any other film of a Shakespeare play left a greater cultural legacy than Laurence Olivier’s Richard III? Austin Tichenor explores why it's inspired so many and been so widely imitated.

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Drawing Shakespeare

Artist Paul Glenshaw takes a close look at Macbeth and the witches as he draws the "toil and trouble" scene from Macbeth depicted in one of the bas-reliefs on the front of the Folger building.

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Five Faces of Shakespeare

One of the many treasures in the Folger collection is a remarkable binding, known as a “Cosway binding,” that includes five miniature versions of works of art that are said to have shown how Shakespeare once looked.

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  • Music of Spain and Italy: Mar 29-31

    Folger Consort plays a variety of flavors from 16th-century Spain and Italy—from rustic, courtly, lively dances to some of the greatest wind band repertoire from Spain. With soprano Jessica Beebe and wind ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band. March 29 - 31.

  • Soy Isla (I Am an Island) at The Phillips Collection

    Poet Carmen Giménez responds in words to The Phillips Collection exhibition Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) on Thur., April 18 at 6:30pm. Reception and book-signing to follow.

  • Confection: Through March 24

    The world premiere of an immersive theater piece imagined and performed by New York's Third Rail Projects, highlighting the cost and delight of delicious delicacies. Staged in the Folger Reading Rooms. Limited availability - call box office at (202) 544-7077 for tickets.

  • Love's Labor's Lost this spring

    Mind vs. Matter. Game on. A king and his three confidants renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her three fair companions arrive. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. On stage April 30. 

  • Shakespeare's Birthday Open House: April 14

    Join the Folger on Sunday, April 14 from 12-4pm as we celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of free festivities for all ages. Activities include Elizabethan crafts, Shakespeare performances, stage combat demonstrations, live music, poetry readings, free birthday cake, and more. 

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