Treasure

See one of Shakespeare’s rare first folios

One of the world’s 233 first folios of Shakespeare’s plays will be in Boise in August and September. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is “touring” several of its copies this year.
One of the world’s 233 first folios of Shakespeare’s plays will be in Boise in August and September. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is “touring” several of its copies this year.

If you’re intrigued by the words of William Shakespeare, you’ll be enraptured by seeing a real First Folio, the first printed collection of the bard’s 36 plays, when it hits Boise this summer.

For theater geeks, it’s like seeing an original of a much-loved Monet painting.

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is sending 19 of its 82 folios to one location in each state to mark the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death. And the visit comes just in time to celebrate the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 40th anniversary.

The folio will be on display from Saturday, Aug. 20, to Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Boise State University’s Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery in the Yanke Family Research Center, 220 ParkCenter Blvd. Admission to the exhibit and all the events will be free.

BSU and ISF are organizing a retrospective exhibit about the festival’s history curated by BSU professor Stephanie Bacon and her students; a lecture series, including one by First Folio scholar and author Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada, Reno; a film screening at The Flicks; teacher workshops; and programs for area schools and more.

Stay tuned for more details.

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