First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Old College Gallery
August 30 – September 25, 2016
(Public Preview Day: Tuesday, August 30, 12-5 p.m.)

15-FSL-0117_logo_preferredUniversity Museums is delighted to exhibit an original 1623 First Folio from the Folger Shakespeare Library as part of First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, a first-ever national tour of this rare book to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare and his legacy.   Considered one of the most influential books in the world, the First Folio includes 36 Shakespeare plays, 18 of which had never been printed before. Without the First Folio, these plays —including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It, and more—might have been lost forever. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s friends and fellow theater colleagues, the First Folio was published seven years after his death.

About a century ago, Henry Folger and his wife, Emily, collected countless books, manuscripts, and other items related to Shakespeare and his time. The Folgers’ own collection and many other rare materials are housed at the Folger Shakespeare Library, established by the Folgers in Washington, D.C., a block from the United States Capitol.

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First Folio title page showing Martin Droeshout portrait of Shakespeare (Martin Droeshout. Shakespeare. Engraving, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library)

When the tour was announced, Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, said, “Shakespeare is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. His characters are familiar to us, and his words still excite artists, scholars, and audiences around the globe. He connects us to each other, to our history, and to the themes and ideas that touch us every day. Shakespeare’s world is our world, and it is vast. We hope this exhibit invites everyone to come explore.” Dr. Witmore will deliver a public lecture, “Shakespeare for the Centuries,” at 4 p.m. on September 7 in the Morris Library Reading Room, followed by a Reception in Old College.

Audiences are also invited to connect to the exhibition through guided and self-guided tours, gallery talks, performances and interactive workshops for all ages. Old College Gallery is the only location in Delaware for the First Folio! national tour.

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Supported in part by a grant from Delaware Humanities Forum.

Professional Development for K-12 teachers
The First Folio Teaches Teachers: Shakespeare’s Text Demystified
This workshop is designed to provide teachers with tools that will aid them in introducing and reintroducing students to Shakespeare’s writings, and explaining some of the many reasons his works have remained popular to this day. In this primarily interactive, fun workshop teachers will be asked to recite text chorally and individually, act out scenes, try out bookbinding techniques, make editorial decisions on Shakespeare’s works, and more. Led by Ivan Henderson, Curator of Education, University Museums, University of Delaware, and Linda Emerick, NCTE Certified Instructor.

Contact The Delaware Teacher Center to register: http://delawareteachercenter.weebly.com/upcoming-workshops.html

Wednesday, August 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
(Kent County) Prestwick House, Inc., 58 Artisan Dr., Smyrna, DE 19977

Wednesday, August 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
(Sussex County) Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center, Room M12 (trailer), Governors Avenue, Greenwood, DE 19950

Wednesday, August 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
(New Castle County) Old College, Room 201, University of Delaware, 18 East Main St., Newark, DE 19716

Shakespeare for the Centuries
Opening Lecture
Dr. Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Wednesday, September 7, 4-5 p.m.
Morris Library, Class of 1941 Lecture Room

Opening Reception
5:30 p.m. Remarks by “Bro” Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Dr. Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
RSVP: universitymuseums@udel.edu and (302) 831-8037
Wednesday, September 7, 5-7 p.m.
Old College Gallery

Perspectives is a series of informal afternoon discussions led by curators and invited faculty about the objects, exhibitions, and ideas on display in University Museums galleries. Scheduled for your lunch break, these varied, short and informal noontime talks offer an introduction to each exhibition as well as time for discussion.

Shakespeare’s First Folio
Jay Halio, Professor Emeritus, Department of English
Tuesday, August 30, 12:30-1:15 p.m. (Preview Day)
Old College, Room 201

Illustrating Shakespeare: From Boydell to Baskin 
Janis A. Tomlinson, Director, University Museums and Professor, Department of Art History
Thursday, September 1, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Old College Gallery

Digital Shakespeares 
Kristen Poole, Professor, Department of English
Wednesday, September 14, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Old College, Room 201

The First Folio as Media Launch
Julian Yates, Professor, Department of English
Thursday, September 15, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Old College Gallery

Facing Shakespeare
Miranda Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of English
Wednesday, September 21, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Old College, Room 201

Picturing Shakespeare
Wendy Bellion, Associate Professor, Department of Art History
Thursday, September 22, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Old College Gallery

Shakespeare’s First Folio
Jay Halio, Professor Emeritus, Department of English
Friday, September 9, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Arsht Hall, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware — Wilmington

First Folio! Family Workshop: Have Fun with Hamlet
This interactive program introduces families to Shakespeare’s language through familiar lines, short and long language activities, and encouraging physical action to reinforce language. Intended for children ages 6-12; especially good for younger children (ages 6-8).
RSVP: universitymuseums@udel.edu and (302) 831-8037
Saturday, September 10, 1-2 p.m.
Old College Gallery

First Folio! Acting Techniques Workshop/Comparative Readings
Opposing schools of thought have developed around acting clues found in the punctuation, capitalization, and spelling found in the First Folio. While actors of the First Folio camp—First Folioists, if you will—adhere to these clues and believe that this alters the performance for the better, others reject this notion as either unhelpful arcana, or as a path to distraction given the enormous task of putting up a role in a Shakespeare play. Led by UD Theater Professor Steven J. Tague and Delaware Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director David Stradley, this public dialogue about these opposing views will be followed by comparative readings of Shakespeare’s text, enabling audience members to choose for themselves.
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Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
Recitation Hall, Room 101

First Folio! Family Workshop: Words, Words, Words!
This interactive program invites participants to play with Shakespeare’s language with insults and learn what lines looked like in First Folio, and learn the progression from word to phrase to line to scene. Intended for children ages 6-12; especially good for older children (ages 9-12).
RSVP: universitymuseums@udel.edu and (302) 831-8037
Saturday, September 17, 1-2 p.m.
Old College Gallery

First Folio! Adult Workshop: Print and Bind a Folio
This interactive program invites adults to learn firsthand about the way the First Folio and other early modern books were printed and bound. Participants learn about key players in the printing process, and how the printing process influences the way we experience the First Folio. Led by UD Art & Design Professor Martha Carothers. Intended for a maximum of 12 adults.
Registration required: artdepartment@udel.edu
Saturday, September 17, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Raven Press, Studio Arts Building

Julianne Baird Sings Shakespeare with Richard Stone, Lute
Hailed as “one of the most extraordinary voices in the service of early music,” soprano Julianne Baird and lutenist Richard Stone (Tempesta di Mare) perform songs for Shakespeare’s plays with music by Thomas Morley, Robert Johnson and more.
Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 children. Tickets are available at the door. Cash or check only.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 8 p.m.
Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts

First Folio! Family Workshop: Create a Folio This interactive program invites children and families to learn firsthand about the way the First Folio and other early modern books were printed. Participants learn about key players in the printing process, and how the printing process influences the way we experience the First Folio. Includes take-home activities. Intended for children ages 6-12.
RSVP: universitymuseums@udel.edu and (302) 831-8037
Saturday, September 24, 1-2 p.m.
Old College Gallery

How I Came to Love Shakespeare
This one-man performance developed by David Stradley, Delaware Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director, features several Shakespeare monologues along with personal stories that intersect with his experiences of “Shakespearean moments.” It is an interactive performance that also allows for audience members to share their own stories of key moments in their lives that revolved around Shakespeare.
Saturday, September 24, 3-4:30 p.m.
Old College Gallery 

First Folio! tours will be scheduled by request 12-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday during the run of the exhibition as staff time permits. Tour leaders will be Curator of Education Ivan Henderson, and volunteer docents.

UD CELEBRATES SHAKESPEARE!
Click image below for a look at Shakespeare events occurring at UD throughout the fall, including several events from our colleagues at UD Library.final-first_folio_brochure-final_Page_1

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