Folger Shakespeare Theatre has announced plans for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
The season begins in October with Shakespeare's historic tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra (October 10-November 19), starring Shirine Babb as Cleopatra and Cody Nickell as Mark Antony. Director Robert Richmond will be joined by scenic designer Tony Cisek.
For the second installment of Washington, D.C.'s Women's Voices Theater Festival, dedicated to featuring new works by female playwrights, Folger Theatre will present the Washington premiere of Theresa Rebeck's The Way of the World (January 9-February 11), a modern adaptation of William Congreve's Restoration comedy. In Rebeck's latest play, set in the very posh exclusivity of the Hamptons, early 18th-century aristocrats are replaced with today's one-percenters and marriage arrangements become careless hookups.
In March 2018, Aaron Posner returns to the Folger to direct Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (March 13-April 22). A moving tribute to the magic of storytelling, this staging will feature a variety of inspired theatrical techniques used to bring us to Sicilia and Bohemia and return us safely home once more.
The season concludes with a special engagement of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan by New York-based company Bedlam. The stripped-down production will be directed by Eric Tucker.
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