As part of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s year-long exhibition First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, author, performer, and “steampunk Shakespearian” Scott Farrell will be presenting his talk “Inside The First Folio” this spring, just in time for the San Diego appearance of a copy of the First Folio.
Scott will be giving audiences an up-close look at the history and significance of this monumental (and often-misunderstood) publication, as he discusses Shakespeare in performance vs. in print; multiple versions of Shakespeare’s plays (including three – yes, three! – Hamlets, and a King Lear with a classically happy ending); and the difference between original, “conflated,” and “enfolded” versions of The Bard’s works (which, to be honest, even many devoted Shakespeare fans are unaware of). Plus, audience members will get a chance to take a close look at an exact duplicate of the First Folio that will be on display at Scott’s talk – look up your favorite scene and see what it would have been like to read in 1623, with the Folio hot off the press.
Scott’s First Folio talk can be enjoyed by patrons FREE in the following branches of the Public Library:
– April 19, 4 pm, Coronado Public Library;
– April 22, 2 pm, San Carlos Branch, San Diego Library;
– June 15, 6:30 pm Central Library.
Copies of Scott’s book “Steampunk Shakespeare” will be available for sale (signed by the author) after the talks.