FOLGER THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2014/15 SEASON of Shakespeare, Schiller, and Stoppard



by William Shakespeare

Robert Richmond directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of loyalty, power & personal revenge



by Friedrich Schiller

in a new version by Peter Oswald

Richard Clifford returns to the Folger to stage the gripping political struggle between

Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots



by Tom Stoppard

Aaron Posner directs the Tony Award®-winning absurdist tragicomedy




Shakespeare’s HAMLET

Only 3 Performances!

Directed by Shakespeare’s Globe Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, and Bill Buckhurst

U.S. performance of their Globe to Globe worldwide 2-Year Tour


Shakespeare’s KING LEAR

Eighteen Performances Only!

Directed by Bill Buckhurst

Shakespeare’s Globe continues its international tour


(Washington, DC)  Folger Theatre Artistic Producer Janet Alexander Griffin today announced the 2014/15 season. With six full Shakespeare productions on stage at the Folger to celebrate the Bard’s 450th, Folger Theatre will start the upcoming season with two special, limited engagements by London’s Shakespeare’s Globe. First, the acclaimed staging of Hamlet, seen at the Folger in 2012, returns in late July for just three performances as part of their Globe to Globe Hamlet, the ambitious two-year tour bringing the Danish prince to every country in the world. Then, once again in a September residency, Shakespeare’s Globe will perform King Lear for eighteen shows. Joseph Marcell (TV’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Jacques in Folger Theatre’s 2007 As You Like It) plays the title role.


Folger Theatre productions commence in October with Robert Richmond (Richard III and Henry V) directing Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s gripping portrayal of loyalty, power, and revenge. In January, Friedrich Schiller’s struggle between queens Mary Stuart stars Kate Eastwood Norris as Mary, Queen of Scots, and Holly Twyford as Elizabeth I. Richard Clifford (The Game of Love and Chance and The Clandestine Marriage) returns to direct this award-winning version of Schiller by Peter Oswald. The season concludes with Tom Stoppard’s 1966 existentialist comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner (Romeo and Juliet and Arcadia) and featuring Ian Merrill Peakes as The Player.


Subscriptions go on sale April 1. Visit http://www.folger.edu/theatre for more information, or call the Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077.



By William Shakespeare

From Shakespeare’s Globe

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole & Bill Buckhurst

July 25 and 26, 2014


Last seen on the Folger stage in September 2012, Shakespeare’s Globe’s Hamlet returns for three performances only as part of their “Globe to Globe” two-year tour, which brings the play to every country in the world. This is the Globe’s only East Coast performance in the United States for their tour, which launches on April 23, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This pared-down, intimate production – with a new cast of just eight actors – is a fresh version of the classic tragedy of revenge. The New York Times applauded “a production that prizes efficiency, clarity, accessibility, and above all, energy.”

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

From Shakespeare’s Globe

Directed by Bill Buckhurst

September 5 – 21, 2014


Weary of his royal duties, King Lear proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. Shakespeare’s Globe’s On Tour production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy – seen last summer on the Globe stage and also in cities and countries around the world, from Istanbul to St. Lucia – continues at the Folger Theatre in a limited engagement of eighteen performances. Shakespeare’s Globe’s King Lear stars Joseph Marcell, well known as Geoffrey the English butler on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and internationally known as a classical actor and seen in Folger Theatre’s 2007 As You Like It.

Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Richmond

October 28 – December 7, 2014


Robert Richmond (Richard III and Henry V) returns to the Folger to direct Shakespeare’s classic political thriller. A cold-blooded murder conspiracy is taking shape. An assassination of the Roman Empire’s most popular ruler by his most trusted friends is followed by complete chaos. Julius Caesar is more relevant now than ever, an unforgettable depiction of friendships sacrificed to ambition and the seductive appeal of power.

Mary Stuart

By Friedrich Schiller

In a new version by Peter Oswald

Directed by Richard Clifford

January 27 – March 8, 2015


The 19th-century Friedrich Schiller play, newly adapted by Peter Oswald, depicts the final days of Mary, the former Queen of Scots. Imprisoned by her Protestant cousin and Queen of England Elizabeth I, Mary anxiously awaits for her fate to be decided in an era of lies and intrigue. Richard Clifford, who staged the Folger production of The School for Scandal, directs this searing drama of scheming and betrayal, featuring Kate Eastwood Norris as Mary Stuart, Holly Twyford as Queen Elizabeth I, Cody Nickell as Robert Dudley and Nancy Robinette as Hannah Kennedy

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard

Directed by Aaron Posner

May 12 – June 21, 2015


Stoppard’s absurdist play featuring a veritable feast of astute wordplay and wit is newly staged by Helen Hayes Award-winning director Aaron Posner (Romeo and Juliet and Arcadia). This “Best Play” Tony Award® winner centers on the misadventures and musings of two childhood friends of the Prince of Denmark from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Exploring profound themes of fate, free will, identity, illusion, and life in a box, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a modern theatrical classic. Featuring Ian Merrill Peakes (Henry VIII, Macbeth) as The Player.

Tickets & Information:

Tickets/Information: http://www.folger.edu/theatre or 202.544.7077

Subscriptions begin at $105. Individual tickets are $40 – $75, with discounts offered to students, seniors, military, and groups of ten or more.

Performances are held at Folger Theatre, located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. The nearest metro stations are Capitol South (blue/orange lines, 4 blocks) and Union Station (red line, 7 blocks). Street parking is available in the surrounding Capitol Hill neighborhood

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 the 250-seat Elizabethan-styled theatre, 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 20 awards and 125 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). In September 2012, Folger Theatre brought from London Shakespeare’s Globe’s Hamlet for the company’s first Washington appearance. Most recently, Folger Theatre was the recipient of the 2013 Helen Hayes Award for “Outstanding Resident Play” for its production of The Taming of the Shrew. Janet Alexander Griffin is the Artistic Producer of Folger Theatre and Director of Public Programs which includes the Folger’s music and literary series. Learn more at www.folger.edu/theatre.

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 www.folger.edu.

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Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. Fete


Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. Fete is a celebration honoring the Best of D.C. as voted on by City Paper readers and chosen by writers and editors. Join more than 50 of the city’s top restaurants, artists, and entertainers for an unbelievable night.

VIP Tickets purchase includes one hour early admission to the event (6-7 p.m.), access to the VIP Publisher’s Party, cigar bar, and swag bag.

A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Brainfood—a nonprofit youth development organization in Washington, D.C. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment.

Cost: VIP $125, General: $80

Website: http://wcp.xorbia.com/bestofdc2014

For tickets, click here.

Sponsors: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Turkish Airlines, Events DC

Contact: Chloe Fedyna, cfedyna@washingtoncitypaper.com


First Friday Dupont Circle DC Reception


Hillyer Art Space presents three solo exhibitions featuring new artwork by Michael Havneraas, Kimberley Parr Roenigk, and Everitt Clark. Havnerass’s It’s All About Me is aptly named, featuring ink drawings of over 1,000 portraits of himself.  In the tradition of American Landscape painters, Parr Roenigk presents Change of Place, a series of paintings focusing on real estate development’s encroachment on nature, and how our daily landscapes are constantly evolving.  Clark will show Cities in the Air, a series of photographs of Belle Isle, Richmond, focusing on the contrasts presented by Richmond’s rich history from Civil War remnants and an abandoned hydroelectric plant, to sunbathing college students.

Guests can meet the artists at the reception on Friday, April 4th from 6-9pm during Dupont Circle’s First Friday, sponsored by Duke’s Grocery pub.



Celebrating 25 Years of Reading The Reading Connection’s 10th Annual Of Wine & Words Fundraiser Set for April 4


February 27, 2014- (Arlington, VA) – Arlington based children’s non-profit The Reading Connection (TRC) announces the date for its 10th Annual of Wine & Words annual fundraiser to be held Friday, April 4, 2014.  This year marks TRC’s 25th anniversary – celebrating its achievements in providing literacy-rich programs and services for at-risk children and families.

Of Wine & Words will celebrate the region’s culinary excellence featuring the area’s top restaurants.  2014 Participating restaurants and beverage partners include the following:


Artisan Confections

Circa, Open Road and Trio

Eventide Restaurant

Green Pig Bistro

The Hamilton

Lebanese Taverna

P.F. Chang’s

Rosa Mexicano

Beer Partners

Lost Rhino Brewing Co. and Mad Fox Brewing Company

Wine Partners

The event will also include a silent auction that has something for everyone.  Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit TRC’s local literacy programs.

The Reading Connection is pleased to have NBC4 Evening News Anchor Doreen Gentzler return as the event emcee.

For over 25 years, TRC has touched the lives of 15,000 local at-risk kids and has given out nearly 100,000 new books to those kids. In 2013, TRC read with over 1,400 kids and gave them nearly 12,000 new books.  TRC’s programs span the metro DC area, from DC to Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County.  The organization plans to expand to Maryland in its 25th anniversary year.

In 2013, Of Wine & Words raised more than $82,000. This years fundraising goal is $100,000.  The ticket prices for the event are $50 for TRC volunteers, $100 for individual tickets and $150 for tickets that include the VIP Reception.  For ticket information and a listing of our 25th anniversary sponsors, visit: http://www.thereadingconnection.org/contribute/of-wine-and-words.



7:15 – Opening Remarks

7:45 – NBC4 News Anchor Doreen’s Gentzler’s Remarks- 25th Anniversary Component

9:10 – Silent Auction Closes

9:15 – Silent Auction #2 Closes

9:17 – Client Testimonial Video

9:20 – Raise Up for Reading



What: 10th Annual Of Wine & Words

Presented by: The Reading Connection

When: Friday, April 4, 2014

Where:Jones Day Rooftop Terrace, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20001

Time:  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (VIP Reception 6:00 p.m.)


Website/Ticket Purchasing:www.thereadingconnection.org

Twitter: @TheReadingConn #oww14

About The Reading Connection

The Reading Connection (TRC), founded in 1989, is celebrating a quarter century of sharing the magic of reading!  TRC’s four literacy programs offer a continuum of services to encourage at-risk kids to spend more time reading and their families to make reading a family tradition. In fiscal year 2013, TRC gave away 11,500 books, reached more than 450 children in Read-Alouds, enrolled more than 650 children in the Book Club and held 67 workshops and trainings.  www.thereadingconnection.org


Pink Tie Party to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival


Photo courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

To kick off the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washingtonians gathered at the Pink Tie Party last Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The stylish party is held every year on the first day of spring, which also coincides with the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Guests began the evening strutting the pink carpet, and the majority of attendees were dressed in pink cocktail attire to celebrate the city’s best known flower. In addition to a luxurious open bar and multiple tasting stations with both sweet and savory treats, supporters of the National Cherry Blossom Festival could try their hand at the multiple “games of chance” lining the huge party space. These games included a “bud burst,” where people burst pink and white balloons with a dart, a “Petal Pitch,” where one can bounce a ball and try to land it in a glass, mini golf, a ring toss, event the Penny Pitch bar where patrons bounced a penny into a glass behind the bar to win specialty cocktail glasses.

A diverse and upscale array of silent auction items benefitted the cause, and included items like airfare on Turkish Airlines (who also sponsored the unique Turkish coffee bar), a stay at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and many other dining, concert, sporting, and theater experiences.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2014 Festival, March 20 – April 13, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  The 2014 Festival commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.