The Second Shepherds' Play

Presented by Folger Consort
Directed by Mary Hall Surface
November 27 – December 21, 2016
Folger Theatre
$29-$60, with half price tickets for under 12 for special performances below*

"The most original and most genuinely spirited show of the Christmas season” — The Washington Post

This magical retelling of the Nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season. Revived by Folger Consort from its 2007 production, which the Washington Post called “a lovely seasonal surprise,” this engaging medieval mystery play and its festive English music of the period beautifully weaves together the stories of the shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and the miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem.

Running time is one hour, 45 minutes and includes a 15 minute intermission.


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Special Performances

Early Music Seminar: The Second Shepherds' Play 
Wednesday December 7, 6pm
Robert Eisenstein shares insights about the medieval English music that Folger Consort performs as part of this lively medieval mystery play adaptation for the holidays. Wine reception included. Wine reception included.
Tickets are $20.

Pre-performance Discussion
Friday December 2, 7pm
Robert Aubry Davis, seen on WETA’s Around Town and Millennium of Music and heard on XM Radio’s opera and classical vocal music channel, leads a lively pre-concert discussion with the performers.
Free with purchase of a ticket to the evening's performance.

*The Second Shepherds' Play Community Sing
Saturday December 10 at 1pm, Saturday December 17 at 1pm, and Monday December 19 at 6:30pm
Folger Consort musicians lead audience members in learning medieval songs featured in this staging of The Second Shepherds’ Play. Enjoy singing and visiting the Folger during this festive holiday time. 
Suitable for all ages and skill levels. 
Free, reservations required

*Reading of Daniel’s Gift by Baltimore children’s book author M.C. Helldorfer
Sunday, December 11, 1 pm
Inspired by the story of The Second Shepherds’ Play, this delightful book spins the moving story of a special shepherd boy and his visit to the manger. 
Suggested ages 4 to 8.
Free, reservations required

Who's Who

Brian Kay
Dan Meyers
Emily Noël
Angel, Vocal Coach
Scenic Design
Lighting Design
Puppet Design
Text Coach