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Signature Events

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 p.m.
Shakespeare in America
This opening event officially kicks off the celebrations surrounding First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. Beloved actors from The Old Globe’s history and other celebrities and dignitaries will read selections from Shakespeare and other material from James Shapiro’s new Library of America book, Shakespeare in America, which explores the long, deep relationship between Shakespeare and our country. Shapiro will host the event, along with journalist Jeremy McCarter and Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.
An earlier version of this program premiered at The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director) in New York City under the title Public Forum: Shakespeare in America. The Public Forum series of performances and conversations is directed by Jeremy McCarter.
Location:Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe.
Charge and RSVP:Free event with reservation required, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 AT noon»

Sunday, June 5, 1:30 p.m.
Barry Edelstein In Conversation with James Shapiro
This event brings together The Old Globe Artistic Director and noted Shakespearean Barry Edelstein with longtime friend and internationally renowned Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro to discuss the impact Shakespeare’s First Folio has had on Western culture.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon»

Saturday, June 11, 11:00 a.m.
Thinking Shakespeare Live!—Folio Edition
The popular 90-minute exploration of Shakespeare is back—with a First Folio twist—for two showings this summer. Led by Barry Edelstein, Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director of The Old Globe, this special edition of the program reveals the thrilling, mysterious, and altogether fascinating history of Shakespeare’s First Folio and what is has to offer modern-day audiences and performers. Based on Edelstein’s book Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, the program is a unique introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences as well as an exciting new look at the playwright for Bardophiles.

Location:Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon»

Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
Thinking Shakespeare Live!—Folio Edition
The popular 90-minute exploration of Shakespeare is back—with a First Folio twist—for two showings this summer. Led by Barry Edelstein, Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director of The Old Globe, this special edition of the program reveals the thrilling, mysterious, and altogether fascinating history of Shakespeare’s First Folio and what is has to offer modern-day audiences and performers. Based on Edelstein’s book Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, the program is a unique introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences as well as an exciting new look at the playwright for Bardophiles.

Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon»