The Conference of the Birds

Oct. 23—Nov. 25 $30–$68
Folger Elizabethan Theatre
201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC
Map
(202) 544-7077
The Conference of the Birds is a Sufi mystic’s meditation on the search for the divine, but if that sounds passive, the show is anything but. Built in part around tall tales of cruel kings and lovestruck princesses, it’s narrated by a wise hoopoe (played with notes of wonder and sadness by Patty Gallagher), who gathers a multitude of birds—from the timid sparrow to the proud falcon to the vainglorious peacock—and marshals them for an urgent journey. Led by director Aaron Posner and choreographer Erika Chong Shuch—working, presumably, in tight coordination with musician Tom Teasley, whose insinuating polyrhythms inform everything about the evening—the ensemble creates ravishing stage pictures: a sensuous duet for that passion-addled princess and the slave she’s mad for, wildly colorful swirls of avian chaos as the flock battles a windstorm, a sweeping gesture by an astrologer that dashes an entire cosmos to dust in an instant. (TG)

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Jan. 27—March 8
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201 E. Capitol St. SE
$40–$75
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Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The author, known for his fictional accounts of the lives of American icons like Alfred Kinsey and Frank Lloyd Wright, discusses his career and his new novel, The Harder They Come.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
Books
Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Authors Gurganus and Strout are well known for chronicling life in small-town America. They discuss their affinity for the subject and read from their work at the Folger.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$15
Classical
Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 11 at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$37
Books
Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
The winner of the nation's largest peer-judged fiction prize is announced at this celebration that also features readings from a variety of acclaimed authors.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$100
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May 12—June 21
Folger Elizabethan Theatre -
201 E. Capitol St. SE
$37–$75

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