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Our building is reopening this fall!

What’s on

Discover what’s playing and on exhibit, both on the road and virtually, including our Searching for Shakespeare: Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare’s First Folio festival in April.

Eudora Welty Lecture: Elizabeth Strout

Eudora Welty Lecture: Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout presents a lecture for the Eudora Welty Foundation. Ann Patchett, last year’s lecturer, introduces her.
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 7:30pm
National Press Club
Shakespeare’s They/Thems

Shakespeare’s They/Thems

In this illustrated talk, Gail Kern Paster will explore ideas about transgender identity among Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Virtual - Zoom
The Bard, the Griot, and the Hip Hop Tradition
Black man speaking into a microphone

The Bard, the Griot, and the Hip Hop Tradition

Actor, writer, and musician Malik Work leads this interactive workshop designed to unveil the tools of theater and storytelling.
Sat, Apr 01 — Thu, Apr 06, 2023
Multiple venues
Night view of the Folger Shakespeare Library with the U.S. Capitol building in the background

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