Wednesday, February 2, 2022

From the Folger: Shakespeare Plus: Black women Shakespeareans, valentines, frog bones, espionage, and more



Henrietta Vinton Davis

Black Women Shakespeareans in America, 1821 – 1960

Between 1821 and 1960, it would have been vanishingly rare to see a Black woman onstage performing Shakespeare in the United States. Joyce Green MacDonald shares the stories of four of these women on the Folger's Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.


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Frog Bones and a 16th-Century Love Charm

Imagine if Oberon, instead of dripping flower nectar on Titania’s eyes in A Midsummer Night's Dream, slipped a frog-bone ring onto her finger. That would be closer to a love charm found in a 16th-century book of magic, or grimoire, in the Folger collection.




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Valentine's Day and Shakespeare

"My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite." (Romeo and Juliet)

As February 14 approaches, take a look at our collection of beautifully illustrated Shakespeare valentines. Overwhelmed by choice? Use our quiz to find a valentine that fits what you need, whether for a friend, family member, or that special someone. For more inspiration, we've gathered 20 quotes about love from Shakespeare's plays and poems.




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Italy in Shakespeare's Comedies

Volatility. Danger. New possibilities for the self. Italy provides layers of dramatic potential that Kent Cartwright explores in Shakespeare and the Comedy of Enchantment.


actress playing Artemis in a Folger Theatre production

Greek Myths in Shakespeare: Artemis / Diana

Artemis, the goddess of chastity, hunting, and the moon, may have been Shakespeare’s favorite, based on the frequency with which he references her.


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Christopher Marlowe: Playwright ... and Spy?

Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe was killed at age 29. Alan Judd spins a tale of espionage and intrigue in his murder mystery novel, A Fine Madness.





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The Wonder of WIll - An Expansive New Vision





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