The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.049  Monday, 6 February 2012


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Date:         Thursday, 02 Feb 2012 15:24:54 -0500

Subject:     Folger: The Gaming Table, Shakespeare’s Sisters, and More



What’s on at the Folger


Be a Friend to the Folger in February! February is Membership Month at the Folger and the perfect time to join—not only do Friends receive discounts on tickets to performances and other exclusive benefits, but Friends who join in February have the chance to win tickets to one of the following events: 


Folger Consort’s “Songbird” performance on Friday, March 16 OR the Opening Night performance of Folger Theatre’s “The Taming of the Shrew” on Monday, May 7. 


To join, visit www.folger.edu/friends or contact Winnie Harrington Robinson at (202) 675-0359. 



Winning Ticket


Folger Theatre: The Gaming Table


Stylishly entertaining, Folger Theatre’s The Gaming Table explores the world of high-stakes gambling, where the players wager money as well as their hearts. Washington Post critic Peter Marks praises the show for its “buoyant air and a bouquet of ripe performances.” 


Join the show’s director Eleanor Holdridge and Georgianna Ziegler, Folger Shakespeare Library’s head of reference and curator of the exhibition Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers,1500-1700 for a special talk on playwright Susannah Centlivre and her hit comedy, The Gaming Table. The free lecture will be held at 2pm on Feb 5 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


On stage through March 4

Tues-Thurs, 7:30pm 

Fri at 8pm 

Sat at 2pm & 8pm 

Sun at 2pm & 7pm


Part of the Folger’s 1,000 Years of Women Writers program series.


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So Much to Say


Folger Exhibitions: Shakespeare’s Sisters


In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf imagined a sister for Shakespeare, his equal in talent and ambition, but prevented from achieving success because of her gender. A new exhibition at the Folger, Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women, 1500-1700, showcases writing by Shakespeare’s female contemporaries, many of whose works remained unknown for centuries. From religious writing to translations to love poetry and yes, plays, Shakespeare’s Sisters brings together a chorus of previously unheard voices and introduces these remarkable women to a wider public.


Feb 3 to May 20

Mon—Sat, 10am to 5pm 

Sun, 12noon to 5pm


Part of the Folger’s 1,000 Years of Women Writers program series.



Speaking Out


O.B. Hardison Poetry Series: Shakespeare’s Sisters


Rita Dove, Linda Gregerson, Elizabeth Nunez, Jacqueline Osherow, Linda Pastan, and Jane Smiley read from new works published in the Shakespeare’s Sisters chapbook, a companion publication to the exhibition of the same name. In their poems and essays, the writers respond to the writings of 16th and 17th-century women. An after-hours viewing of the Shakespeare’s Sisters exhibition precedes the reading.


Special Offer! Folger Friends and students can purchase half-price tickets to this event! Call (202)544-7077 to receive the discount.


Part of the Folger’s 1,000 Years of Women Writers program series.


Thurs, Feb 16 




Isle of Wonders


In the News: Shakespeare Theme in London Olympics


A line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest will kick off the opening ceremony for the Olympics in London this summer: “Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises.”

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