Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 103. Tuesday, 23 February 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 23 Feb 93 10:34 EST
Subject: 4.0101 Q: Folger Library and Theatre
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0101 Q: Folger Library and Theatre
Dear John Aney:
To catch you up to date as much as I can: There is NOTHING at
the Folger, as far as I know, during the weeks you will be in
Washington. The Folger Shakespeare Theatre is now The Shakespeare
Theatre and has a wonderful new theatre called the Lansburgh.
Its address slips my mind, but it isn't hard to find. Right now,
there's a great production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS there. I don't
know when it ends but by mid-March the show will be Brecht's
MOTHER COURAGE. Call the Lansburgh to ask about student rates; I
don't know about them. At the moment, the Arena Theatre (more
expensively) is doing a fine play by Carlyle Brown called something
like "The African Company Presents Richard III." I don't know when
that ends, either. But a Washington paper will tell the tale.
About the library: any scholar can use it, but you have to apply
for a reader's card and you will require, I think, a letter from
your college librarian and perhaps a reference or two. I've forgotten
now what the precise requirements are, but again, it's worth a call
to find out. You can get the card and use the library on the same trip.
There are open stacks with modern books and a lot of material you can
only call up and use in a protected reading room. You can take a
computer if you happen to have one. But you can't CALL FOR rare
materials on Saturday. You can use them then if you have called them
up on Friday. The other rules you can learn in the library.
Best wishes and good luck on your trip,
[Comedy of Errors runs through March 14; for ticket information call
(202) 628-5770. --hmc]