The Washington Post: The Folger may be closed for renovation, but its public programming will continue

At some Washington theaters, audience members have been known to arrive as close to curtain time as possible. That’s less typically the case at the Folger Theatre, where playgoers could show up early to browse Shakespeare-themed exhibitions in the Great Hall before heading to their seats.

But with construction closing the Folger’s library and exhibition spaces for at least two years, the Folger has been forced to get creative with the programming surrounding “The Merry Wives of Windsor” — its last on-site production before the renovation gets underway — and the long-running O.B. Hardison Poetry series.

“We’ll be able to do what we need to do in terms of events,” says Peter Eramo, the Folger’s events and marketing manager, promising they’ll continue “as if nothing’s happening.”

Most of the related happenings will take place across Third Street SE at the Haskell Center, which houses the Folger’s offices. These include a pre-show reception and talk about “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore (Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m., $20), and a Brews and Banter discussion with members of the cast, fueled by complimentary Bluejacket beers and snacks (Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m., $15).
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