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Resource Guide: 'A Bright Ray of Darkness' by Ethan Hawke

On April 1, 2021 the Folger hosts its Virtual Book Club, featuring a discussion on A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays, the performance of which forms the background of Hawke’s novel.

READ the play(s)

LISTEN to related podcast episodes

LEARN more about Henry IV pt. 1

EXPLORE the performance history of the play at the Folger

REVISIT Lincoln Center’s 2003 production, featuring Ethan Hawke as Hotspur

Shakespeare bust with glassesWords, Words,Words discusses Ethan Hawke’s A Bright Ray of Darkness on April 1, 2021. The event is free, but registration is required through our website.