Friday, April 1, 2022





April at the Folger



Shakespeare's Birthday



Shakespeare's Birthday Trivia

Saturday, April 23, 4 pm ET
Live on Zoom | Free, Pre-Registration Required

Gather your team and put on your thinking caps. We're celebrating the Bard's birthday with a virtual trivia tournament. This fast-paced, multi-round, all-ages quiz will cover everything from general knowledge to pop culture. With ticket giveaways, exclusive content from the Folger, and sneak peeks at this summer’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this is a fun-filled afternoon that you won’t want to miss!



Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday at Home

Visit our website to find even more ways to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday. Speak the speech, strike a pose, make a meal, and check out amazing past performances and programs from the Folger. Share your personal party with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #ShareYourShakespeare.



Folger Theatre



Nathan the Wise

In Association with Theater J

Through April 10
Theater J | $30 – $85

"With a beautiful message, a solid cast and creative team, and a spirited atmosphere, Nathan the Wise is one of those productions you want to cheer during the curtain call, then immediately go back and watch it again." — Broadway World

This funny and timely Shakespeare-styled play is chock full of mistaken identities, foiled romances, and relationships across cultural and religious divides. Michael Bloom’s smart new adaptation of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 1779 play celebrates the common humanity that unites us all.



Review Theater J's COVID-19 Safety Protocols for in-person performances.


Folger Consort



The Roman de Fauvel

Politics and Counterpoint in Medieval France


April 22 – 24
St. Mark's Church | $35

Available May 6
On-Demand | $20 – $50


Folger Consort closes its season with medieval music from The Roman de Fauvel, an irreverent 14-century French manuscript depicting the story of Fauvel, a dissolute horse who becomes king. The original motets and chants from this satirical equine tale are paired with world premiere text settings by composer Juri Seo.



Review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols for in-person performances.


Early Music Seminar

Wednesday, April 20, 6 pm ET
Live on Zoom
$10, Free for Consort Subscribers

Folger Consort Co-Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein explores the music of The Roman de Fauvel.



The Viennese School

Music from the Court of Maximilian I

Virtual, On-Demand | $20 –$50

Enjoy a film of Folger Consort's latest concert, which finds connections between the music early 16th-century composer Ludwig Senfl and later Viennese composers like Schubert, Webern, and Schoenberg.



Talks, Screenings, and More


Words, Words, Words Virtual Book Club


If We Were Villains

Thursday, April 7, 6:30 pm ET
Live on Zoom | Free, Registration Required

In April, the book club discusses M.L. Rio's thriller about the student Shakespeareans of the fictional Dellecher Classical Conservatory.



Virtually Everything:
M.L. Rio

Wednesday, April 13, 5:30 pm ET
Live on Zoom | Exclusive for Folger Members

Members are invited to exclusive programs, including Virtually Everything, Folger Director Michael Witmore's smart, joyful interview series about... well, virtually everything! This month, watch Mike's conversation with If We Were Villains-author M.L. Rio and catch up on our back catalog of conversations.



Vinegar Girl

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 pm ET
Live on Zoom | Free, Registration Required

Registration opens April 12 for our discussion of Anne Tyler's witty modern interpolation of The Taming of the Shrew, part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. 



Shakespeare Lightning Round: Missy Dunaway

Wednesday, April 20, 5 pm ET
Live on Instagram | Free

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Best Shakespeare character? Most overrated Shakespeare play? Missy Dunaway, Folger Artist-in-Residence Fellow, tells us about her Birds of Shakespeare project and shares her hottest takes on the Bard.



O.B. Hardison Poetry Series



Vievee Francis

Picasso: Painting the Blue Period at The Phillips Collection

Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 pm ET
Live on Zoom | $5 - $30 ($15 suggested)

In our annual reading in partnership with The Phillips Collection, the author of the collections Horse in the Dark and Forest Primeval responds to The Phillips Collection's once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, Picasso: Painting The Blue Period.



Poetry Day Ireland 2022: Opened Ground

Thursday, April 28, 4 pm ET
Live on Zoom | Free, Registration Required

Poets from across the US read their favorite Irish verses in celebration of the reach and impact of Irish poetry.

With readings from poets Jennifer Chang, Charif Shanahan, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Francisco Aragón.





Give a Gift. Get a Mask

Make a difference in your community and make sure the Folger can continue to provide access to Shakespeare and his world for everyone. Donate $35 or more to our Mask Campaign, which supports the areas of greatest need at the Folger, and we'll send you one of our extremely popular Shakespeare masks.





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Photo credits: The cast of Nathan the Wise, Theater J in Association with Folger Theatre. Photo: Ryan Maxwell Photography. | Folger Consort. Photo: Teresa Wood. | Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall. Photos: Brittany Diliberto, Bee Two Sweet. | M.L. Rio. Photo: Cait Brady. | Rendering (c)KieranTimberlakeOLIN.