Booking and details
Dates January 19, 20 and 21, 2023
Tickets $25 for all 4 readings for $25, $50 All access pass for all 4 readings and all pre-performance talks, Morning coffee, and more!
This event has passed, but we invite you to join us for the 2024 festival
Celebrating New Theater in the New Year
Featuring works inspired by and in conversation with Shakespeare
The Reading Room 2023 plays include:
A Room in the Castle by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Eddie DeHais, Michele Osherow, dramaturg
How does a woman survive the court of Denmark? A Room in the Castle re the stories of the women of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Julius X by Al Letson, directed by Nicole Brewer, John Proctor III, dramaturg
Set in 1965, Julius X intermixes the lives of Julius Caesar and slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, re-envisioning Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar with a new perspective.
Our Verse in Time to Come by Malik Work and Karen Ann Daniels, in collaboration with and directed by Devin E. Haqq, John Proctor III, dramaturg
Inspired by the works and words of Shakespeare, Our Verse in Time to Come bridges the past with the present and asks whose stories should remain and who’s responsible for their survival?
World premiere Folger Theatre commission
Hamlet bilingual adaption by Reynaldo Piniella and Emily Lyon, translation by Christin Eve Cato, directed by Tatiana Pandiani
Hamlet is a Black, Latinx prince in this radical bilingual reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy, with text infused by the Spanish spoken in present-day New York City.
Each reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwrights, directors, members of the press and scholars.
We look forward to welcoming you to in-person performances. Please note: All attendees are required to wear a mask, and proof of vaccination is not required for audiences. Fully vaccinated artists will not be wearing masks while speaking. Folger staff will remain masked at all times. The Folger is committed to maintaining the highest level of health and safety precautions around COVID-19.
Folger Theatre Sponsors
With special thanks to
Maygene and Steve Daniels
Helen and David Kenney and Family
The late Neal T. Turtell
Nancy and Steve Howard
Robin and Roger Millay
Keith and Celia Arnaud
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Denise Gwyn Ferguson
Margaret and David Gardner
Timothy J. Carlton
Dr. David E. Johnson and Ms. Wendy Frieman
Peter and Mary Jay Michel
Gail Kern Paster