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The Folger’s Karen Ann Daniels: Reconsidering Shakespeare’s Legacy

“Within the theatre industry itself, and in education, we’ve elevated him as sort of a pinnacle. We have an opportunity to understand why and when we’ve done that—when we’ve done that well, when we’ve done that wrong or we’ve used it to hurt other people.” – American Theatre
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Folger Shakespeare Library – Director of Programming

An international hub for Shakespeare scholarship and the study of the early modern period, the Folger Shakespeare Library (Folger) connects the 21st century with William Shakespeare’s work, ideas, and times in which he lived. The Folger is dedicated to cultivating new audiences for a new world, with a renewed and revitalized commitment to connecting Shakespeare’s stories to the world so that all visitors will find their stories reflected. The Folger creates lovers of Shakespeare and the humaniti...
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When Ira Aldridge Became the First Black Actor to Perform Shakespeare in England (1824)

The ways that Othello, Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus, and Shylock from The Merchant of Venice—Shakespeare’s “explicitly racialized characters,” as George Washington University’s Ayanna Thompson puts it—have been interpreted over the centuries may have less to do with the author’s intentions and more with contemporary ideas about race, the actors cast in the roles, and the directorial choices made in a production. To a great degree, these characters have been played as though their identi...
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Shakespeare's Colleagues Go Digital For His Birthday

In honor of Shakespeare's 453rd birthday (and, perhaps, 401st death day), the Folger has opened a treasure trove: "a Digital Anthology of Early English Drama, which makes original scripts and visual images from 40 plays available to anyone with Internet access."
Tags: Art, Words, Shakespeare, Folger, 04.22.17

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