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Monthly Archives: March 2010

In the Springtime, the Only Pretty Ringtime

Spring has Sprung here at the Folger, and with it rehearsals for next month’s exciting performances of HAMLET, and preparations for Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House on April 25th and the Children’s Festival in May! To celebrate, here are some springtime quotes from the ol’ Bard to put you in a blooming mood! It was a lover and his… Continue Reading »

Examples Galore!

A picture is worth a thousand words… on Tuesday, I wrote about the wealth of possibilities that lie in students working on illumination projects using Shakespeare’s text. But better to show than tell! Below are a few examples of some of the work that students have done in Folger’s High School Fellowship Program. And to… Continue Reading »

Illuminating Shakespeare

Anyone who has spent a brief moment of time with someone from Folger Education knows that we are avid believers in introducing students to Shakespeare through performance-based teaching, that is, an interactive approach to the study of literature in which students participate in a close reading of text through intellectual, physical, and vocal engagement. Certainly,… Continue Reading »

"Lost" Shakespeare Play Found

This has been an interesting, even exciting week, for Shakespeare fans.  A “Lost” play, called DOUBLE FALSEHOOD, has been found.  Whether you believe this is the work of Shakespeare or not, it has once again raised the issue of authorship.  If you listened to NPR earlier this week, then you heard Professor Brean Hammond make the… Continue Reading »

Shakespeare in the curriculum and in the original

Jacqui O’Hanlon, Director of Education at the RSC, wrote a letter to The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/nov/o7/gcses-school-curriculum-shakespeare) about the importance of Shakespeare in the curriculum.  Folger Education has been advocating for the performance-based teaching of Shakespeare in the schools for more than twenty-five years.   Folger Education defines performance-based teaching as “… an interactive approach to the study of literature,… Continue Reading »

30th Annual Secondary Schools Festival

Yesterday, March 10, marked the 7th and final day of the Folger’s Secondary Festival.  Saying that it’s the 30th might make it seem staid, but really the Festival is nothing if not fresh and new every single day. With over 1500 students in grades 7-12 in attendance over 7 days – how could it not… Continue Reading »

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Once again, there seem to be several new Shakespeare films in the pipeline. Since these films are not generally Blockbusters, their fate is often in limbo. And some of these will appear on television rather than in theaters. But here are a few that we’ve heard of, in no particular order. Michael Radford, who previously… Continue Reading »