Taking as its core the Folger Shakespeare Library’s exhibition, “America’s Shakespeare,” this show will give additional insight into the playwright’s absorption into California’s history and culture. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a First Folio (1623) from the Folger’s Shakespeare collection – the largest of its kind in the world – in addition to documents and artifacts showing Shakespeare’s emigration from England to the colonies; his absorption into our political rhetoric during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars; his subsequent literary and theatrical travels west; and his continuing influence on our language, literature, and media today. The Bard Goes West will also draw on the collections of state and local resources to show Shakespeare’s presence in the grand 19th century theaters of San Francisco and Sacramento, the saloons and hotels of the mining camp towns, and the early film industry in Los Angeles.
Exhibition runs from November 17th through February 26th, 2017.
Check out the various events presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library
36 micro-performances for limited audiences at Royce Hall Stage
In conversation with Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English, George Washington University
From expressions of black rage to the challenges facing systems of justice, renowned theatre director Peter Sellars and scholar Ayanna Thompson illustrate the ways Shakespeare remains relevant in our contemporary American world.
James Shapiro and Lisa Wolpe
Who gets to see Shakespeare and act in his plays? Celebrating the 400th anniversary of his extraordinary legacy, two Shakespeare aficionados guide us through an enlightening journey of what this master means to us today.
Click on your neighborhood branch to see the Shakespeare programs in your area.
Check out this map showing references to Shakespeare – or venues where Angelenos can catch one of his plays –spotted around town. Explore local Bard-inspired spots, from historical references, such as “Shakespeare Beach” (now Hermosa Beach), to references that live on, like “Shakespeare Bridge” in Los Feliz, or the tailor on La Cienega named “Richard the Thread”.
Know of any references or venues that we missed?
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What compelled renowned director Joss Whedon to film an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in his home on a shoestring budget immediately after completing the Hollywood blockbuster, The Avengers? Find out in this exclusive interview filmed in the Rare Books room at the Central Library.