Emory prepares to host Shakespeare’s First Folio

Posted by Dena Mellick March 30, 2016
Main Quad on Emory University's primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Main Quad on Emory University’s primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Emory University is preparing to host William Shakespeare’s First Folio this fall with a number of Shakespeare at Emory events.

It was announced in 2015 that Emory was chosen to be the Georgia site to display “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.” It’s a national traveling exhibition of the 1623 book that gave us 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including “Macbeth” and “The Tempest.”

The tour of the folio is going to all 50 states, Washington, and Puerto Rico, according to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s First Folio website.

The First Folio will be on display at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum from Nov. 5 through Dec. 11.

However, Shakespeare at Emory events begin this week. Theater Emory launches its celebration of Shakespeare with performances of “As You Like It” Mar. 31 through Apr. 10 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater.

The university said in a press release, “On April 23, Theater Emory will host a Shakespeare Anniversary Celebration at various locations in and around the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, inviting students and faculty, local artists, and community members to join together for a 12-hour tribute featuring performances, conversations, and festive gatherings.”

Emory Libraries will also be hosting several Shakespeare exhibits.

-“Dispatched in Post: The Bard on Cards” highlights some of Emory English professor Harry Rusche’s extensive collection of postcards that depict iconic Shakespearean characters and scenes. Late 19th- to early 20th-century postcards related to Hamlet and other more popular plays are the focus. The exhibit is located in Woodruff Library Level 2, in the alcove near the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

-“Plants are Set before Us: Shakespeare’s Natural Worlds” explores how plants play a vital role in Shakespeare’s works, both as physical devices and as symbols. This exhibit cites references from a variety of scenes and includes specimens from the Emory University Herbarium. It is on view in Woodruff Library Level 2, in the alcove near the library service desk.

A press release said the exhibits are free and open to the public during library visitor hours.

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