Folger Theatre—a unique theater in the nation’s capital—has established a reputation for bringing Shakespeare and other classic plays, as well as modern masterpieces and new plays, to the stage in energetic, thought-provoking, and fresh productions. These productions have been hailed as “breathtakingly original [and] strikingly contemporary” (The Washington Post). Folger Theatre’s annual season features text-centered productions that reflect the rarity and breadth of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s collection—the largest Shakespeare collection in the world. Since 1991, Folger Theatre has staged over 88 plays in its intimate Elizabethan theater, and has received 134 Helen Hayes Award nominations and 20 awards for excellence in acting, direction, design, and production, including the award for outstanding production of the year for The Taming of the Shrew (2013), Hamlet (2010), Measure for Measure (2007), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2005), and Romeo and Juliet (2001).
Folger Theatre will present student matinees of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Robert Richmond, as part of their Teaching Artists in the Schools program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-performance forums, and online resources. They anticipate reaching 10 schools from District of Columbia.