Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Aaron Posner
May 12 – June 28, 2015
Folger Theatre
$30 - $75

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In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been summoned to Elsinore by the king. Their purpose: to glean what afflicts Hamlet. The intrepid, if somewhat bewildered, travelers make their journey, meeting a ragtag group of players along the way. Unsure of both the game and the rules, the until-now-unsung heroes are destined for a more chilling end.

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Special performances

Tuesday, May 12, 7:30pm
Tickets available beginning at 5pm at the box office window; cash only.

Brews and Banter
Thursday, May 21, 6:30pm
Join our young patrons for a pre-performance discussion with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead cast members Ian Merrill Peakes (The Player) Brynn Tucker (Ophelia). A beer reception with light fare is included. $15.

College Night
Friday, May 22, 8pm
$15 tickets with valid student ID

Pre-Show Talk
Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm
A scholarly, insightful discussion of the play with Gail Kern Paster. Includes light fare reception. $15. 
This event is currently sold out. Please call 202.544.7077 for more information about our Pre-Show Talks Series.

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday, June 4
Following the 7:30pm performance

Poets Respond
Friday, June 5, 6:30pm, Free
Poet Sandra Beasley and members of the Madeira Slam Poetry Team respond with poetry to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Gravedigger's Tale
Friday June 12, 6:30pm, Free
Saturday, June 13, 12pm, Free
A new, one-act, interactive play based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. RSVP to reserve your space.

Sunday, June 14, 2pm
Call the box office at (202) 544-7077 for details.
Folger Theatre's open-captioned performances are generously sponsored by Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.

Folger Friday
Friday, June 19, 6:30pm, Free
Folger Librarian Daniel De Simone explores the new exhibition, Ships Clocks and Stars

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Season Sponsors:
Helen and David Kenney and Family
The Millay Family
Neal T. Turtell

Lead Production Sponsor:
Ann K. Morales

Production Media Sponsor:
Maryland Public Television 

Contributing Sponsors:
David and Margaret Gardner

Associate Sponsors:     
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Barbra Eaton and Ed Salners
Julianna Mahley
Pam McFarland and Brian Hagenbuch
William and Louisa Newlin
Gail Kern Paster
Scott and Liz Vance

This production is supported in part by an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Who's Who

The Player
Scenic and Properties Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Music Composition and Sound Design
Resident Dramaturg
New York Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager