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  • Don Hunstein

    Duke Ellington and Such Sweet Thunder

    How did Duke Ellington come to create Such Sweet Thunder, a suite of twelve tunes inspired by the Bard and his characters? Scholar — and musician — Douglas Lanier shares insights about the suite, the second chapter of Ellington’s career, and how they reflect shifting cultural perceptions of jazz.

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  • In Rare Books, Centuries-Old Proteins Can Reveal the Past

    What can we learn from the dust in a 17th-century book? It turns out quite a lot. In a recent New Yorker story and public radio interview, Folger Director Michael Witmore shares new discoveries and what it can show us about the past.

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  • Lloyd Wolf

    Teaching Shakespeare Today

    In a partnership with DC public schools, we're exploring how classroom-tested curriculum, teacher training, and cornerstone projects help 21st-century students connect with Shakespeare.

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  • What's On This Week at the Folger

    There's lots to do — and much of it's free! Visit and enjoy tours of our landmark building, sneak peeks at Nell Gwynn in rehearsal and our First Chefs exhibition installation, and a screening of the RSC's Troilus and Cressida, with a special offer for federal employees.

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Playwright Tracy Young on The Winter's Tale

Learn why "liberating the comedy" within The Winter's Tale was one of Young's favorite challenges in translating the play for OSF's Play on! project.

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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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Home Decor Advice from Lady Macbeth

Discover how some literary figures might approach interior design in scholar Susan Harlan's new humor book, Decorating a Room of One's Own.

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  • Nell Gwynn: On stage January 29

    An orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane becomes the darling of the Restoration theater—and favorite mistress of Charles II. Jessica Swale's award-winning comedy smash from the U.K. makes its East Coast premiere at the Folger. "Gloriously funny and touching" (Telegraph).

  • Troilus and Cressida screening: January 14

    Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle. "Wonderful. Epic and hugely rewarding" (The Times). Mon., Jan. 14 at 7pm.

  • Romantic Music of the Renaissance: Feb. 8 & 9

    As a prelude to Valentine's Day, Folger Consort performs romantic music from French and Italian Renaissance composers in the gothic splendor of the Washington National Cathedral on Feb. 8 and 9 at 8pm. Featuring celebrated vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants.

  • Folger Poetry: Afrofuturism on Feb. 12

    Authors Tananarive Due, N.K. Jemisin, and Airea D. Matthews read fiction and poetry on alternative visions of the future as influenced by jazz, African-American sci-fi, and more in A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism on Tue., Feb. 12.

  • Confection: March 4 - 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. Limited run staged in the Folger Reading Rooms. 

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