The critically acclaimed Folger Theatre is the vibrant centerpiece of the Folger Shakespeare Library's public programs and has established a reputation for bringing Shakespeare and other classic plays to the stage in energetic, thought-provoking, and fresh productions. Since 1991, Folger Theatre has staged more than half of the plays from Shakespeare's First Folio in its intimate Elizabethan theater, continuing the lively legacy of Shakespearean stagecraft. The company has been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards committee with 116 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 (2012), Hamlet (2010), Measure for Measure (2007), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2005), and Romeo and Juliet (2001).
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Folger Theatre will present student matinees of Romeo and Juliet (October to December 2013) directed by Aaron Posner. The company will provide related educational activities, including residencies, student performances for their Shakespeare festival, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching10 schools from the District of Columbia and Maryland.