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ENCORES: ‘Recipes for Thought’ Lecture by Wendy Wall (2011)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. See an excerpt of Wendy Wall’s lecture “Recipes for Thought,” the 2011 Shakespeare Birthday Lecture.



ENCORES: ‘The Bard and The Duke’ Lecture by Maurice Jackson (2017)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. See an excerpt of Maurice Jackson’s lecture “The Bard and the Duke,” part of our Free Folger Friday series.


ENCORES: ‘Shakespeare’s Virtues’ Lecture by Julia Reinhard Lupton (2018)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. See an excerpt of Julia Reinhard Lupton’s lecture “Shakespeare’s Virtues,” the 2018 Shakespeare Birthday Lecture.


ENCORES: A Conversation with Michael W. Twitty (2019)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. See an excerpt of a conversation with Michael W. Twitty recorded in February of 2019.



Mozart vs. Salieri with James Jacobs

On November 22, 2019, Classical WETA host James Jacobs gave a presentation exploring the historic rivalry of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. This talk was part of our Folger Friday series. Listen to the recorded talk or read the transcript below.


The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606

Author James Shapiro’s new book The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 considers the period when the playwright wrote three of his greatest tragedies, King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. Dr. Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a member of the Folger Board of Governors. His previous micro-biography of… Continue Reading »


Oswald and Armitage: Adapting Classics for the Modern Stage

Next Tuesday, February 3rd, British poet-playwrights Simon Armitage and Peter Oswald will be at the Folger to celebrate their work in an evening of readings entitled “Drama and Verse.” Both poets are distinguished for their command of language and the chilling beauty of their story-telling. A love of heightened language and verse unites them. Oswald’s… Continue Reading »


Interview with Stephan Wolfert of Cry “Havoc!” at the Folger

On Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00pm, the Folger Theatre will present Cry “Havoc!”, a one-man play about Shakespeare’s veterans by actor, writer, director, and U.S. Army veteran Stephan Wolfert and directed by Navy veteran Eric Tucker. Cry “Havoc”! Tuesday, November 4, 7:00pm Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE Tickets: $20/$15 Folger Members/$10 Military Following the performance, there… Continue Reading »