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shakespeare-first-folio-blogThe First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit will be shown from Tuesday, November 1 to Sunday, December 4, 2016, at St. John’s College, Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis.

Published 7 years after Shakespeare’s passing in 1623, with the help of two fellow actors, First Folio was the first complete collection of his 36 plays. Without this edition, perhaps 18 of Shakespeare’s plays would not have been preserved, including his masterpieces, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and Antony and Cleopatra. Over four centuries, a multitude worldwide has enjoyed Shakespeare’s immortal classics. Below are St. John’s College’s summaries of First Folio! events.

Opening Program: A Celebration of Shakespeare in Performance

November 5, 6-7 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of the “First Folio” exhibition with an evening of Shakespeare-inspired performances in collaboration with professional performing arts organizations and schools from across the region, directed by Donald Hicken and Sally Boyett.

Opening Reception & Exhibit

November 5, 7-9 p.m., The Mitchell Gallery

Tickets to see the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” exhibition will be distributed to visitors upon arrival for the program. Please note: tickets will be timed; guests will have the opportunity to experience a host of Shakespeare-themed activities in Mellon Hall before and after visiting the exhibit.

Staging Shakespeare’s Most Challenging Works: Social and Political Correctness

November 6, 1-2:30 p.m., FSK Auditorium

Resident directors and actors from Annapolis Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare scholars, will participate in a lively panel discussion that examines theatrical approaches to bridging the divide between Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, and other challenging works by Shakespeare.

Shakespeare for Our Time: Discovering Shakespeare’s Plays

November 12, Check back for updated information. Mellon Hall

Master teaching artists from Annapolis Shakespeare Company will lead a workshop for secondary school students.

Discovering Shakespeare: Creative Routes into the World of Shakespeare’s Plays

November 19 (TBD), Mellon Hall

Master teaching artists from Annapolis Shakespeare Company will lead a workshop for secondary school teachers.

As You Like It

November 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., Francis Scott Key Auditorium.

The King William Players, the St. John’s student theater troupe, will perform a late 1960s adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy As You Like It. A mad, screwball romp, the play is a showpiece for some of Shakespeare’s most hilarious and intriguing characters. Directed by Alex Warren.

Playing Shakespeare: Fun for the Entire Family

December 3 (TBD), St. John’s College campus

A family fun day for kids of all ages will include costumes actors reading stories from Shakespeare, a Folio-making craft workshop, Shakespeare-themed games and activities, a photo opportunity with some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, and special performances by actors from Annapolis Shakespeare Company.

Admission to the above events is free. For more information, please visit: http://www.sjc.edu/annapolis/shakespeare-first-folio

A B&B Near the Shakespeare Exhibit

St. John’s College is half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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