Shakespeare's Birthday

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 12:00 pm
Folger Shakespeare Library
TICKETS:
Free and open to the public

Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House Schedule

FRONT LAWN

  • 12:00-12:15  US Army Baroque Ensemble and Opening Remarks
  • 12:15-12:30  Rock Creek Morris Dancers
  • 12:30-1:15    Tooth and Claw Combat Arts with Casey Kaleba - Sword Fight Demonstration
  • 1:30-2:15      English Country Dance in DC – Instruction and Demonstration
  • 2:15-2:30      Rock Creek Morris Dancers
  • 2:30-3:15      Tooth and Claw Combat Arts with Casey Kaleba - Sword Fight Demonstration
  • 3:00-3:45      Washington Revels Gallery Voices - Renaissance madrigals & songs from Shakespeare’s era
  • 4:00               US Army Fife and Drum Corps – Parade and birthday cake cutting with Queen Elizabeth I

FOLGER THEATRE

  • 12:15 - 1:00   US Army Baroque Ensemble
  • 1:00-1:30       Spontaneous Shakespeare-Speak the speech from the Folger stage
  • 1:30-2:00       A Shakespeare Insult and Compliment Rave-Revel in Shakespeare’s best compliments and insults and hurl them at your fellow audience members
  • 2:00-2:45       Washington Revels Gallery Voices - Renaissance madrigals & songs from Shakespeare’s era
  • 2:50-3:15       Romeo and Juliet, the balcony scene-choose your role and find your place in the theater, rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s famous scene – en masse.
  • 3:15-4:00       The Gravedigger’s Tale – An Interactive Retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet

FOUNDERS’ ROOM

  • 12:15-1:00     Tiny Tempest-Shakespeare’s last play staged by shadow puppets and performers
  • 1:00-2:00       Shakespeare Sonnet Reading
  • 2:00-3:00       Tiny Tempest- Shakespeare’s last play staged by shadow puppets and performers
  • 3:00-5:00       Folger Shakespeare Library Docent Tours of the Founders’ Room

GREAT HALL 

  • All day          Printing Press demonstrations 
                           Folger Shakespeare Library Docent conversations about Shakespeare’s First Folio
                           Become A Junior Docent Activity
                           Folger Shakespeare Library Docent conversations about A Monument to Shakespeare: The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library
  • 12:15-1:00     English Country Dance in DC – Instruction and Demonstration
  • ​1:00                A Monument to Shakespeare: The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library Curators, Michael Witmore and Heather Wolfe to lead a conversation about the exhibition
  • ​2:00                A Monument to Shakespeare: The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library Curators, Michael Witmore and Heather Wolfe to lead a conversation about the exhibition

PASTER READING ROOM

  • All Day           Folger Shakespeare Library Docent Tours
  • 12:15-1:45      Folger Staxpeditions Live with Folger Shakespeare Library Collections-see rare materials brought from the vaults of the Folger
  • 2:00-4:00        WETA Classical Players-classical string quartet

SEDGWICK-BOND READING ROOM

  • All Day           Shakespeare’s Closet-learn about Elizabethan dress in this hands-on activity
                            Color the Collection activity
                            Fold a Folio activity
                            Build A Shield activity
                            Renaissance Embroidery Demonstration
                            Shakespeare Trivia Contest

FOULKE ROOM

  • 1:15-1:45         Rock Creek Morris Dancers 
  • All Day            Play the Knave - Shakespeare video game
                              DC Public Library Mobile Library

GIFT SHOP  Open All Day  

AROUND THE FOLGER

  • Shakespeare Portrait activity
  • Print a Quarto activity
  • Mobile Memento Shop
  • The Fortune teller

PUCK CIRCLE

  • BBQ Bus
  • Captain Cookie and the Milkman
  • DC Slices
  • Red Hook Lobster

Birthday Quill Writing

Photo by Tracy Russo

Learning how to write with Quills.

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Photo by Lloyd Wolf

The Nickel Shakespeare Girls perform five minute versions of the Bard's plays at the 2016 Shakespeare's Birthday celebration.

The Queen at the 2016 Birthday

The Queen meets with her subjects.

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Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday

Kids learn swordfighting at Shakespeare’s Birthday

Shakespeares Birthday 2016 Titan Theatre Co

Photo by Lloyd Wolf

Titan Theatre Company's Shakespeare Battles!

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.