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Folger Theatre Kicks Off 2016 with Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Shakespeare’s Magical Comedy
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Warms Our Hearts this Winter

Aaron Posner directs Holly Twyford, Erin Weaver, Caroline Stefanie Clay,
Eric Hissom, and others in this classic rollicking romp


(Washington, DC) – Kicking off Folger Theatre’s 2016 commemoration of 400 years of William Shakespeare is one of his most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On stage from January 26 through March 6, 2016, this hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the follies and foibles of human beings is directed by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner. It is performed by an all-star cast, including Holly Twyford as Bottom, Eric Hissom as Oberon, Caroline Stefanie Clay as Titania, and Erin Weaver as a mischievous Puck. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077.

One of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a frolicsome escapade bursting with mistaken identities, topsy-turvy love triangles, and mystical charms as lovers are bewitched and beguiled by inhabitants of the captivating forest. Absurdity, trickery, love affairs, and machinations abound in one of the Bard’s most enduring tales.

The extraordinary cast includes Desmond Bing as Demetrius, Adam Wesley Brown as Lysander, Betsy Mugavero as Hermia, Richard Ruiz as Peter Quince, and Kim Wong as Helena. The production also features Justina Adorno (Starveling), Elliott Bales (Egeus), Megan Graves (Snug), Monique Robinson (Snout), and Dani Stoller (Flute).

“Welcoming the funniest, most accomplished classical stage actors, in addition to pointing Aaron Posner to one of the only great Shakespeare plays he has not put on our stage,” says Janet Alexander Griffin, Folger Theatre’s Artistic Producer, “seems like the very best way at the start of 2016 to bring attention to all that Shakespeare has given us and why his plays matter.”

This production features original music composed by Andre Pluess (As You Like It at Folger Theatre), with scenic design by Paige Hathaway (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at Folger Theatre), costume design by Devon Painter (Cyrano and Macbeth at Folger Theatre), and choreography by Erika Chong Shuch (The Conference of the Birds at Folger Theatre). The creative team also includes Jesse Belsky (lighting design) and Sarah Pickett (sound design).

“Everyone knows Midsummer is one of the great theatrical masterpieces,” stated director Aaron Posner, “but no matter how many times you engage with it, there are always new riches, new depths, new pleasures, and new discoveries to be made. My goal is to keep it simple and playful and true, and let this great group of actors share with our audiences all the discoveries they make about how the play speaks to them.”

Ticketing Information & Performance Dates:            

A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays at Folger Theatre from January 26 through March 6, 2016. Tickets are $35-$75. Lower-priced previews and discounts for students, seniors, military, educators, and groups of ten or more are available and may be purchased at the Folger Theatre Box Office at (202) 544-7077 or online at


Related Programming:    

Pay-What-You-Can performance is on Tuesday, January 26, 7:30pm. Tickets will be available to the public at 5pm. One ticket per person.

NEW! Folger Theatre’s Stage Director Talk will take place on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30pm. Learn about the creative process, staging, and vision of Midsummer with director Aaron Posner. $20, includes light fare reception.

College Night will be held on Friday, February 5 at 8pm. Tickets are $15, with a valid student ID to be presented at the box office.

A Pre-Performance Seminar with Folger Director Michael Witmore explores the play from a scholarly perspective on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20, with light fare included.

NEW! Join the Folger’s Georgianna Ziegler for a discussion on the exhibition America’s Shakespeare (on display in The Great Hall beginning April 4, 2016) for our Curator Talk on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20.

Audience members are encouraged to stay and take part in our Post-Show Discussion with the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday, February 18. This interactive discussion, led by Folger’s Resident Dramaturg Michele Osherow, will follow the 7:30pm performance.

Folger Theatre’s Brews & Banter Pre-Show Talk will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30pm. Before the show, quench your thirst and join this small group conversation with Midsummer cast members Desmond Bing and Adam Wesley Brown. $15, with beer and light fare included.

An Open-Captioned performance will take place on Sunday, February 28 at 2pm.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is presented in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library’s The Wonder of Will, celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare in 2016. On display in the Folger’s Great Hall January 20 – March 27, 2016 is the exhibition Shakespeare, Life of an Icon, featuring a stunning array of documents from his own lifetime. The exhibition, curated by Folger’s Curator of Manuscripts and Archivist Heather Wolfe, brings together some of the most important manuscripts and printed books related to Shakespeare’s life and career, including real estate deeds, diary entries, drafts of the heraldic grant of arms, and more. These glimpses provide a fresh and intimate perspective on the most famous author in the world. Visit for details; free.
The Cast:

Justina Adorno (Starveling) – Access Theater: Life is a Dream; Coastal Carolina University: A Midsummer Night’s DreamAlligator, The Laramie ProjectIphigenia and Other DaughtersEurydice.

Elliott Bales (Egeus) – Theater Alliance: Occupied TerritoriesThe Wonderful World of Dissocia (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Unexpected Stage: Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age; Spooky Action Theater: Last of the Whyos; The Welders: Not Enuf Lifetimes. Film: The Coming StormCapturing OswaldThe WarsEnemy of the Reich. Television: House of Horrors: KidnappedAmerican Super/NaturalNightmare Next DoorDeadly Affairs.

Desmond Bing (Demetrius) – Arena Stage: All the Way (upcoming); Mosaic Theater Company of DC: Unexplored Interior; Theater Alliance: Occupied Territories, Brokeology (staged reading); Round House Theatre: Ten Minute Play Festival. Regional: Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse: Occupied Territories (upcoming); Penumbra Theatre Company: Stage Directions; Ogunquit Playhouse: All Shook Up; Bright Star Touring

Theatre: Struggle For Freedom: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Story. Film: Lawn Gnome, Love Story; Commercial: HEX Brand Accessories Spring Lookbook.

Adam Wesley Brown (Lysander) – Folger Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Julius CaesarHenry VIII; Actors Theatre of Louisville: A Christmas Carol; Jackalope Theatre: Long Way Go Down (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, Best Actor). Broadway: Once. Film: Google Me Love. Debut album out on iTunes: Adam Wesley Brown — Live at Bowery Poetry.

Caroline Stefanie Clay (Titania/Hippolyta) – Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Duchess of Malfi; Forum Theatre: Clementine in the Lower 9, Gidion’s Knot (Forum/NextStop); Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol, The Widow Lincoln; Arena Stage: The Blood Quilt; Mosaic Theater Company of DC: Unexplored Interior. Regional theaters include work at: Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre. Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons: Breath Boom; Broadway: Doubt, The Royal Family, Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company: Force Continuum; NYTW: Light Raise; Signature Theatre/Public Theatre: Funnyhouse of a Negro. Tours: Doubt (Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress in Non-Resident Production). Television: Law & Order: SVU, House of Cards, The Knick. Film: Everybody’s Fine, Sherrybaby, Morning Glory.

Megan Graves (Snug/Philostrate)Forum Theatre: Passion Play, Clementine in the Lower 9; The National Theatre’s Children’s Theatre: The BFG; Imagination Stage: The BFG (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding TYA Production), Inside Out, The Night Fairy, The Magic Finger; 1st Stage Theater: One Man, Two Guv’nors, The Cripple of Inishmaan; Adventure Theatre MTC: The Twelve Days of Christmas; No Rules Theatre Company: Peter Pan: the Boy Who Hated Mothers (world premiere). Regional: Virginia Repertory Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher; Virginia Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice.

Eric Hissom (Oberon/Theseus) – Folger Theatre: Romeo and Juliet, Cyrano, Arcadia (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play), Macbeth. Off-Broadway: New York Fringe Festival: China-The Whole Enchilada. Round House Theatre: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; Actors Theatre of Louisville: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged); Asolo Repertory Theatre: Glengarry Glen Ross, The Games Afoot; Arden Theatre Company: Our Town, August: Osage County; Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Eurydice; Two River Theater Company: Melissa Arctic; Syracuse Stage: Around the World in Eighty Days; Cape Playhouse: The Mystery of Irma Vep; Orlando Shakespeare Theater: Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Private Lives, Art, Wittenberg. National Tour: The 39 Steps. Film: Out of Time. Television: Mortal Kombat, Sheena, One Tree Hill.

Betsy Mugavero (Hermia) –Regional: Utah Shakespeare Festival: AmadeusThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaHenry VPeter and the Starcatcher, among others; Great Lakes Theater: As You Like ItRomeo and Juliet, among others; other theaters include Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.

Richie Ruiz (Peter Quince) – Folger Theatre: Cyrano. Off-Broadway: The Public Theater: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the musical; New York City Center Encores!: Fiorello!; Paper Mill Playhouse/La Jolla Playhouse: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame; Yale Repertory Theatre: The Winter’s Tale; Long Wharf Theatre: Guys and Dolls; The Old Globe: The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Westport Country Playhouse: Room Service; Intiman Theatre Festival: The Mystery of Irma Vep; Baltimore Center Stage: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. National Tours: Man of La Mancha, Sweet Charity, Urinetown, Jesus Christ Superstar. Cast albums: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Monique Robinson (Snout) – Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors; Shakespeare & Company: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Everyman, Revolutionary Moment; A Contemporary Theatre: The Final Days. Off-Off-Broadway: Workshop Theater Company: Iyom. Film: The Product, A Valentine’s Day Dream.

Dani Stoller (Francis Flute) – 1st Stage: Bat Boy (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Blithe Spirit, The Italian American Reconciliation; The Keegan Theatre: Dogfight, Hair; Signature Theatre: Really, Really, Dying City; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage: Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s The Brontes; Studio Theatre: Carrie, Invisible Man. National Tour: Big Nate with ATMTC.

Holly Twyford (Bottom) – Folger Theatre: Mary Stuart, The Taming of the ShrewOrestes: A Tragic RompArcadia (Helen Hayes Award nomination)The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Helen Hayes Award), All’s Well That Ends Well, Melissa ArcticTwelfth NightOthelloAs You Like ItHamletMuch Ado About NothingRomeo and Juliet (Helen Hayes Award). Folger Consort: The Second Shepherds’ PlayThe Tempest; Signature Theatre: Twentieth CenturyThe Little Dog Laughed (Helen Hayes Award), A Fox on the Fairway; Round House Theatre: The SisterhoodLiving Out; Studio Theatre: Time Stands StillThe Road to MeccaThe Steward of ChristendomDesk SetBetty’s Summer VacationThe Shape of Things (Helen Hayes Award), Far AwayBlack MilkThe Internationalist; Theater J: Life in RefusalThere Are No StrangersLost in Yonkers; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: We Are Proud to Present…Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)Stop KissRecent Tragic Events; Arena Stage: A Long Day’s Journey into NightThe Plough and the StarsThe MatchmakerThe MiserArcadiaOn the JumpAn American Daughter. Regional: Arden Theatre Company: Private LivesCandida. Directing: No Rules Theatre Company: Stop Kiss; Studio 2ndstage: Edgar and Annabel; Factory 449: The Amish Project.

Erin Weaver (Puck) – Folger Theatre: Romeo and JulietThe Comedy of ErrorsArcadia (Helen Hayes Award), The Tempest. Signature Theatre: Xanadu (Helen Hayes Award nomination), The Last Five YearsCompany; Round House Theatre: A Wrinkle in TimeA Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage. Regional: Delaware Theatre Company: A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage (Barrymore Award nomination); People’s Light and Theatre Company: eight productions including GossamerCinderella (Barrymore Award, Best Ensemble), Jack & the Beanstalk (Barrymore Award nomination), Treasure Island (Barrymore Award nomination); Two River Theater Company: A Midsummer Night’s DreamYou’re a Good Man Charlie BrownOur Town (NJ Star Ledger Award), A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage (NJ Star Ledger Award), Mary’s Wedding; Act II Playhouse: SyncopationMary’s Wedding (Barrymore Award nomination); Arden Theatre Company: Into the Woods. National Tour: Les Misérables.

Kim Wong (Helena) – Regional: Triad Stage: All’s Well That Ends Well; Barrington Stage: Much Ado About Nothing; STONC: South Pacific. Off-Broadway: inProximity Theatre Company: Promising; Firebone Theatre: Red Flamboyant; The Pearl Theatre Company: The Philanderer. Tours: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet; American Globe Theatre: Romeo and Juliet. Television and film: HBO: Wizard of Lies; CBS: Blue Bloods; NBC: Deception; Second Star NYC: Working Title.

The Creative Team:

Aaron Posner (Director) – Folger TheatreRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Romeo and Juliet, The Conference of the Birds, The Taming of the Shrew (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Resident Production), Cyrano (Co-Adaptor; Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director), The Comedy of ErrorsOrestes: A Tragic RompArcadia, Macbeth (co-director and co-conceiver), The Tempest (2007), Measure for Measure (Helen Hayes Awards, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Resident Play), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director), Melissa Arctic (The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Twelfth NightOthelloAs You Like It (2001). Regional: Arden Theatre Company (Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and Resident Director, 1988-2006): more than 35 productions. Productions as a director and/or playwright at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Theater J/Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Alliance Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Delaware Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, and others. Awards: Barrymore Awards for Best New Play (The Chosen) and Outstanding Direction (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Eisenhower Fellowship. Posner is the author of the plays Stupid F**king Bird, My Name Is Asher Lev, The ChosenSometimes a Great Notion, Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage, and others.

Erika Chong Shuch (Choreographer) – Folger Theatre: The Conference of the Birds (Helen Hayes Award nomination, Outstanding Choreography); The Kennedy Center: The Gift of Nothing (Associate Director). California Shakespeare Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew; American Conservatory Theater: The Unfortunates (upcoming); Shotgun Players: Eurydice, God’s Ear; Magic Theatre: Lily’s Revenge. Artistic Director of Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, premiered 10 original works since 2002. Resident Artist: Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Program; Guest Artist: ACT new works program. Commissioned works for: Daejeon Metropolitan Dance (Daejeon, South Korea); Chang Mu Dance (Seoul, South Korea). Guest Choreographer: Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, Corcoran Gallery of Art. Additional Residency: de Young Museum, Headlands Center, Djerassi, UC Berkeley, Mullae Art Space (Seoul, South Korea). Awards: Falstaff Award 2013, Creative Work Fund Award 2015, Rainin Foundation Support 2015, USA Artist nominee 2014, Alpert Award nominee 2011, Theatre Communications Group Global Connections Award 2011, Gerbode Foundation Emerging Choreographer Award 2007, Dance USA Irvine Award 2007.

Paige Hathaway (Scenic Design) – Folger Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. University of Maryland: Die Fledermaus (Maryland Opera Studio), The Matchmaker, In Time of Roses. Associate Set Designer: Signature Theatre: Sex with Strangers. Assistant Set Designer: ART and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts: The Tempest; Olney Theatre Center: I and You; Milwaukee Repertory Theater: End of the Rainbow, The Diary of Anne Frank; Arden Theatre Company: A Raisin in the Sun, Cyrano; The Kennedy Center: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg; Round House Theatre: Double Indemnity; Signature Theatre: Hairspray; MUNY: Billy Elliot, Seussical the Musical, Porgy and Bess, Mary Poppins, South Pacific.

Devon Painter (Costume Design) – Folger TheatreCyranoMacbethMeasure for Measure. Regional: Guthrie Theater: Stage Kiss, ShadowlandsPrivate LivesDeath of a Salesman, All My Sons; Additional productions at theaters include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Geva Theatre Center; The Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Delaware Theatre Company; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Westport Country Playhouse; Two River Theater Company; The Contemporary American Theater Festival; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Shakespeare Festival St. Louis; Utah Shakespeare Festival; American Players Theatre. Off-Broadway: Ensemble Studio Theatre; The Culture Project; The Juilliard School; The Pearl Theatre Company. Painter’s designs were selected for the exhibit Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance.

Jesse Belsky (Lighting Design) – Studio Theatre: ANIMAL; Signature Theatre: The Mystery of Love and Sex; Everyman Theatre: DeathtrapBlithe SpiritOutside Mullingar. Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre: Lydia, Rough Crossing; Triad Stage: The 39 StepsPump Boys & DinettesShipwreckedKingdom of Earth; Playmakers Repertory Company: The Year of Magical Thinking; Mabou Mines: Glass Guignol.  Off-Broadway: 59E59: The Body Politic; Midtown Theater: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet; La Mama Annex: Lysistrata, The Women of Troy. Touring: Bang On A Can/Asphalt Orchestra: Unpack the Elephant. International: Lee Breuer’s Antigone (Athens, Greece); Anonymous Ensemble: THEBEST (Brisbane, Australia); Theater Roes: The Return (Athens, Greece). Dance: Japhy/Wideman Dance: CANE.

Sarah Pickett (Sound Design) – Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Count of Monte Cristo, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing; Quantum Theatre: All the Names; Baltimore Center Stage: It’s a Wonderful Life; American Players Theatre: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s Will, Of Mice and Men, The Cure at Troy, All’s Well That Ends Well; Asolo Repertory Theatre: Venus in Fur, The Winter’s Tale; Yale Repertory Theatre: Hamlet, A Delicate Balance, Death of a Salesman; Victory Gardens Theater: We are Proud to Present…; Portland Center Stage: Red; Drury Lane Theatre: Gypsy; Steppenwolf Theatre Company: Workshop of The Edward P. Jones Project; Dallas Theater Center: To Kill a Mockingbird; About Face Theatre: The Homosexuals; Long Wharf Theatre: The Italian American Reconciliation; Theatre for a New Audience: Macbeth, Othello; PlaymMakers Repertory Company: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; Stonington Opera House: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Syracuse Stage: The Underpants, The Santaland Diaries; Women’s Project Theater: Aliens with Extraordinary Skills; Hangar Theatre: No Child…, Stones in His Pockets, Bach at Leipzig.

Andre Pluess (Original Music)Folger Theatre: As You Like It. Regional: Steppenwolf: Endgame, Kafka on the Shore, Sex with Strangers; Goodman Theater, Guthrie Theater, and The Old Globe Theatre: White Snake; Lookingglass Theater Treasure Island, The Eastland; Court Theatre: Agamemnon; Cal Shakes: Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night; Oregon Shakespeare Festival: White Snake, Fingersmith, Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Broadway: Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife, 33 Variations. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center: The Clean House; Playwrights Horizons: Milk Like Sugar. Film: The Business of Being Born.

Michele Osherow (Resident Dramaturg) – Folger Theatre:  Pericles, texts&beheadings/ElizabethR; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mary Stuart, Julius Caesar, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet (dramaturg and actor), Twelfth Night, Henry V, The Conference of the Birds, The Taming of the Shrew, The Gaming Table, Othello (2011, 2001), Cyrano, The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Hamlet, Orestes: A Tragic Romp, Much Ado About Nothing, Arcadia, The Winter’s Tale, 1 Henry IV, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2006), Measure for Measure (dramaturg and actor). Regional: Quotidian Theatre Company: Afterplay (actor), A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (actor), Captain Drew on Leave, Dublin Carol, The Carpetbagger’s Children, The Mollusc, Tomorrow (actor), The Seagull (actor), Valentine’s Day (actor), While We Have the Light (actor), Uncle Vanya (actor), A Little Trick (actor); Jewish Repertory Theatre: The

Dybbuk (actor); Arden Theatre Company: The Chosen, As You Like It (actor), Love’s Labors [sic] (actor). Currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

About Folger Theatre and Folger Shakespeare Library:   

Folger Theatre is the centerpiece of Folger Shakespeare Library’s programs for the public and is recognized for dynamic performances in its 250-seat Elizabethan-styled theatre and for specializing in innovative stagings of works by Shakespeare, other classical work, and new plays inspired by these traditions. Since 1991, Folger Theatre has been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards with 23 awards and 135 nominations for excellence in acting, direction, design, and production—including the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play in 2011 for Hamlet (a year in which all three of Folger’s theatrical productions were nominated in that category) and in 2013 for The Taming of the Shrew. In 2012, Folger Theatre brought Shakespeare’s Globe’s Hamlet from London for the company’s first Washington appearance and continued that collaboration with the two-year global tour of Hamlet, as well as bringing the touring production of King Lear featuring Joseph Marcell to the Folger in 2014. Folger Theatre produced The Two Gentlemen of Verona with the highly celebrated Fiasco Theater Company, a production that went on to win two Helen Hayes Awards, including “Outstanding Ensemble in a Play,” and was restaged at the Theatre for A New Audience in New York City for an extended run this summer. Janet Alexander Griffin is the Artistic Producer of Folger Theatre and Director of Public Programs which includes the Folger’s music and literary series.

Folger Shakespeare Library is a renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for research material from the early modern period (1500-1750), Folger Shakespeare Library is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs —theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. A gift to the American people from industrialist Henry Clay Folger, Folger Shakespeare Library—located one block east of the U.S. Capitol—opened in 1932 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more at


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