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Dramaturg's Notes: Faedra Chatard Carpenter on Metamorphoses
The creative team of Metamorphoses on the Folger stage during first rehearsal
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Dramaturg's Notes: Faedra Chatard Carpenter on Metamorphoses

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Faedra Chatard Carpenter writes about the persistent power of myth in our lives and how this production makes a notable change to the play’s conventional staging.

Director's Notes: Psalmayene 24 on Metamorphoses
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Director's Notes: Psalmayene 24 on Metamorphoses

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Psalmayene 24 reflects on his decision to cast an all-Black ensemble: “This production is a ritual meant to celebrate and elevate Black humanity while connecting us to all humanity.”

'Immortal Longings' Resource Guide
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'Immortal Longings' Resource Guide

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Resources related to Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong.

About 'Immortal Longings'
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About 'Immortal Longings'

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Introductory information on the April 2024 Folger Book Club selection, bestselling YA author Chloe Gong’s adult epic fantasy debut, inspired by Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.

Writing Native Stories in DC
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Writing Native Stories in DC

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A virtual conversation around writing Native stories in DC, featuring Suzan Shown Harjo and Dr. Elizabeth Rule in conversation with Mary Phillips.

'Daughters of the Deer' Resource Guide
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'Daughters of the Deer' Resource Guide

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Resources related to Daughters of the Deer by Danielle Daniel.

About 'Daughters of the Deer'
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About 'Daughters of the Deer'

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Introductory information on the March 2024 Folger Book Club selection, which imagines the author’s ancestors in the Algonquin territories of the 1600s.

Collection Connections: 'Homegoing' by Yaa Gyasi, Pt. 2
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Collection Connections: 'Homegoing' by Yaa Gyasi, Pt. 2

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Ivie Orobaton revisits her February 2024 presentation on Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing, the second of a two-part series.

Collection Connections: 'Homegoing' by Yaa Gyasi
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Collection Connections: 'Homegoing' by Yaa Gyasi

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Ivie Orobaton

Ivie Orobaton revisits her February 2024 presentation on Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing, the first of a two-part series.

'Homegoing' Resource Guide
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'Homegoing' Resource Guide

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Resources related to Shakespeare and Black history in preparation for our February book club discussion of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

The Reading Room Festival Q&A: Mary Chieffo and Josh Nelson Youssef
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The Reading Room Festival Q&A: Mary Chieffo and Josh Nelson Youssef

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“I was particularly intrigued by the concept of ‘honest Iago’ and what honesty truly signifies in the context of gender roles,” writes Mary Chieffo.

About 'Homegoing'
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About 'Homegoing'

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Introductory information on the February 2024 Folger Book Club selection, a generational story spanning centuries.

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