Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 263. Monday, 19 October 1992.
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 1992
Subject: Folger Library Programs for 1992-1993
The Folger Library has for the past few weeks been distributing a twenty-page
brochure that describes its Performing Arts and Museum Programs for the 1992-
1993 season. If you would like to receive one, you may write to The Folger
Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003.
Below are some excerpts that may be of interest to SHAKSPEReans:
Join us this season in the Folger Elizabethan Theatre for an array of
concerts, readings, performances, lectures, and educational programs, all with
the Folger flair for continuing the Renaissance traditions of quality and
inquiry into the 20th Century. Whether it's Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz
reading from his own poems and those of his favorite authors, the music of the
Folger Consort heralding in the Holiday season, of D.C. elementary school
students performing Shakespeare, the Folger has something for everyone.
In addition to these programs, the Folger offers year-round exhibits
from its collection in the Great Hall. In the Reading Room, scholars pursue
their research using materials from the English and Continental Renaissance,
including the world's largest collection of early editions of Shakespeare.
Information and Tickets: (202) 544-7077.
Exhibits of rare books, manuscripts, and artwork from the Renaissance
displayed in the Folger's magnificent Tudor-style Great Hall.
Folger exhibit curators offer observations and insights into the
displayed items in a special tour of the exhibit. Free, no reservations
necessary, in the Great Hall.
Fine and Historic Bookbindings
In the first exhibit ever devoted exclusively to bindings in the Folger
collection, the rich variety of six centuries of bookbinding is dramatically
illustrated. On view through September 19, 1992. CATALOGUE: $49.50.
New World of Wonders: European Images of the Americas, 1492-1700
with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Books, engravings, drawings, and artifacts illustrate what it was like,
500 years ago, to wonder at, learn about, and visualize a New World. Native
Americans, specimens of plants and animals, and gold, silver, and pearls were
taken back to Europe, put on display, and represented in print, on the stage,
and in public festivities. This exhibit explores the stereotyped images of
America and Americans which developed side by side with the beginnings of
modern museums and the serious study of other cultures. October 8, 1992 --
March 6, 1993. CATALOGUE: $19.95.
Rachel Doggett, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Books
Wednesday, November 4, 1992, 5.30 p.m., free
Wednesday, February 17, 1993, 5.30 p.m., free
The Elizabethan View of Italy
Renaissance Italy captured the imaginations of the Elizabethans, who
were simultaneously intrigued and scandalized by the culture and customs of
their southern neighbors. Shakespeare, himself not immune to the allure of
Italy, set several of his most popular plays there. The exhibit examines the
active international cultural exchange and explores Elizabethan attitudes, as
revealed in the literature, art, religion, science, and general customs of the
period. March 24--June 12, 1993.
Robert Eisenstein, founding member of the Folger Consort
Wednesday, May 5, 1993, 5.30 p.m., free
Mary Tonkinson, Shakespeare Quarterly editorial assistant
Wednesday, June 2, 1993, 5.30 p.m., free
Miranda Johnson-Haddad, Assistant Professor of English at Howard
Wednesday, June 9, 1993, 5:30 p.m., free
The Folger stage is an ideal place to explore the excitement and
variety of theatre, with works by Shakespeare and other dramatists.
*The Cure at Troy*: Staged reading
Washington's Scena Theatre stages a dramatic reading of Irish poet
Seamus Heaney's first play, based on Philoctetes by Sophocles. First performed
at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, The Cure at Troy is, in Heaney's words, about the
dilemma of choosing between "loyalty to the organization or to your own sense
of what is right." Philoctetes, the great archer, must choose between helping
his own Greek brothers, who have previously exiled him, or bearing the grudge
of the previous injustice. Presented in conjunction with Scena Theatre's New
European Play Festival, this year celebrating "A Sense of Ireland."
Friday, September 11, 1992, 8.00 p.m., $12
*You Don't Need Four Women To Play Shakespeare*: discussion and performance
This evening focuses on *You Don't Need Four Women To Play Shakespeare:
Bias in Contemporary American Theatre, a new book on anthropology and
performance by Ida Prosky. Washington actor Robert Prosky will read selected
passages, followed by a panel of Washington women of the theatre moderated by
Horizons Theatre Artistic Director Leslie Jacobsen.
Monday, September 21, 1992, 8:00 p.m., reception afterwards with
panelists and performers in the Great Hall, $10.
*The Tempest*: staged reading of excerpts and lecture.
Calaban dispossessed inhabitant of Shakespeare's brave new world," and
other aspects of *The Tempest reveal ways in which early impressions of the
Americas were used in English theatre in the 15th and 16th centuries. This
depiction of primitive man's encounter with European "civilization" says much
about how myths were developed and perpetuated. A staged reading of excerpts
of *The Tempest* by Emery Battis and colleagues is introduced with a talk by
Virginia and Alden Vaughan, scholar consultants to the Folger's New World of
Wonders exhibit. Monday, February 22, 7:30 p.m., exhibit viewing at
*A Midsummer Night's Dream*: performance and workshop.
The Traveling Shakespeare Company directed by Michael Tolaydo brings
Shakespeare's delightful, fantastical comedy to the Elizabethan Theatre. This
fast-paced adventure follows the hilariously quirky course of true love as
seen through the eyes of quarreling fairies, teenage lovers, and a troupe of
amateur actors. As part of the experience, participatory workshops give you a
chance to get inside the play before you see it.
Tuesday, February 2, 1993, Wednesday, February 5, and Thursday,
February 4, Workshop at 10:00 a.m. and performance at 12:00 noon, $15.
Thursday, February 4, Friday, February 5, Saturday, February 6, workshop
at 6:300 p.m. and performance at 8:00 p.m., $15.
Sunday, February 7, workshop at 12:30 p.m. and performance at 2:00 p.m.,
Explore New World topics with the experts! Lectures are followed by a
reception and exhibit viewing in the Great Hall.
Count Alvise Zorzi
"Marco Polo and the Dream of Columbus"
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy
Born of a Venetian family whose first appearance in public documents
dates from the 10th century, Count Zorzi is both a distinguished television
and radio broadcast executive and a writer. As a preeminent expert on the
history of Venice, he leads the campaign to preserve the city. His books --
*Venice -- The Golden Age, 697 to 1797,* *Canal Grande, and *The Life of Marco
Polo, the Venetian* -- have been published and republished in translation
around the world.
Tuesday, October 20, 1992, 7.00p.m., $8
"A World of Wonders in one Closet Shut"
The novel, the strange, the exotic -- these are the things which cause
wonder in the viewer. Sixteenth- and 17th-century Europeans devoted a
surprising amount of attention to the cultivation of wonder--in the wonder
cabinets and in other forms of collecting. Professor Kenseth will talk about
the *Kunst-und Wunderkammeer*, tracing the gradual evolution of the concept of
the museum, as cabinets created for recreation and entertainment became
collections organized for study and research. Dr. Kenseth is associate
professor of Art History at Dartmouth.
Monday, November 9, 1992, 7.00 p.m, $8
"Five Centuries of American Indian Images"
Program for secondary school students and adults
Understanding the political, economic, and historical impact of 500
years of Native American images is crucial to our examination of the encounter
between natives and newcomers on this continent. Dr. Trout, director of the
Summer Institute Program at the Newberry Library's Center for the History of
the American Indian, presents a slide lecture which challenges audience
members to examine their own perceptions of people different from themselves
and how they form those perceptions.
Wednesday, December 2, 1992, 7.00 p.m., $8 adults, $6 students
"Chocolate's Glorious Past and Delicious Future"
Legend says that chocolate, one of the genuine treasures of the new
world, was a gift of the gods to the Toltecs. Chocolate expert Elaine Gonzalez
is unsurpassed as author, educator, lecturer, and artist of all things
chocolate. Her book *Chocolate Artistry* has been called the "chocolate bible"
(*Vista* magazine). Ms. Gonzalez presents a slide lecture on chocolate's
colorful history and uses traditional and innovative techniques to demonstrate
chocolate as a delectable artistic medium.
Wednesday, January 13, 1993, 7.00 p.m., chocolate feast follows, $10
"Picturing Americans before 1700"
Anthropological evidence brought to bear on European illustrations of
Native American subjects made during the first 200 years after Columbus
reveals a complex mix of realism, misconceptions, and stereotyping. Details of
dress and artifact from different cultures of five continents were often
combined in a single portrayal. Dr. Sturtevant, anthropologist with the
Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and a scholarly consultant to
the Folger's New Worlds of Wonder, presents a slide lecture which explores
some illustrations which had a key role in shaping our current images of the
Americas discovered by Columbus.
Wednesday, February 10, 1993, 7:00 p.m., $8
Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture
Michael Neill of the University of Auckland
"Shakespeare and Translation"
Monday, April 26, 1993, 8:00 p.m., free
The Folger Consort
Don't miss this season's lively performances of music from the 12th
through 18th centuries in the Elizabethan Theatre and at Washington National
Cathedral. The Folger Consort, ensemble-in-residence, has delighted audiences
in Washington since 1977. Member musicians are Robert Eisenstein, Christopher
Kendall, and Scott Reiss.
Sunday evenings feature pre-concert discussions with musicians hosted by
WETA television and radio personality Robert Aubry Davis.
[AND MUCH MUCH MORE. --hmc]