MARAC Annapolis: Shakespeare’s First Folio in Maryland

A special exhibit will be available at the St. John’s College, Annapolis campus located near the conference hotel’s location in the city’s Historic District.

Shakespeare’s First Folio in Maryland  
Shakespeare will make a special appearance at St. John’s College, in the form of a national traveling exhibition, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
St. John’s College, Annapolis was named Maryland’s only site to host an original 1623 First Folio. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio throughout 2016 to all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. This first-ever national tour of one of the world’s most influential books celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare and his legacy. The First Folio includes 36 Shakespeare plays, 18 of which had never been printed before. Without the First Folio, all of those plays—including MacbethJulius CaesarTwelfth NightThe TempestAs You Like It, and more—might have been lost forever. Compiled by two of his friends and colleagues, the First Folio was published seven years after Shakespeare’s death in 1616.
To celebrate the First Folio, St. John’s is partnering with Maryland Humanities and the Annapolis Shakespeare Company to offer performances of Shakespeare’s plays, educational workshops, and a variety of activities for the public. The exhibition will be on view November 1–December 4, 2016 at the Mitchell Gallery on the Annapolis campus. Gallery hours are 12:00–5:00 p.m. TuesdaySunday and 6:45–7:45 p.m. on Fridays. Upcoming events include:
  • Friday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. – A concert of Shakespeare-related music by the renowned Folger Consort, St. John’s FSK Auditorium
  • Saturday, November 5, 6:00 p.m. – An opening program “A Celebration of Shakespeare in Performance” and reception: Online registration required—opening soon at
  • Sunday, November 6, 1:00–2:30 p.m. – A panel discussion on approaches to staging Shakespearean plays with socially or politically challenging content, FSK Auditorium
For a full listing of events visit:
First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the support of, The Lord Browne of Madingley, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Albert and Shirley Small, and other generous donors.

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