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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
202-544-7077
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Metro to Union Station and walk. It is close and easier than finding parking
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Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro reads from and discusses his new book, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Shapiro embarks on a search to answer the question he is most asked by lecture audiences far and wide: “Who wrote the plays?” He maintains that in England the debate has to do with class, while in American circles, it has more to do with a commitment to conspiracy theories. For Shapiro, at the root of this mystery is an inability to understand why so many people subscribe to the belief that Shakespeare wasn’t writing primarily for the general public.

Shapiro is the author of A Year in the Life of Shakespeare: 1599, Rival Playwrights, Shakespeare and the Jews, and Oberammergau. He is a professor at Columbia University.

About the Ticket Supplier: Folger Theatre

Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts.

The Folger's Elizabethan Theatre, modeled after the innyard theatres popular in Shakespeare's day, hosts more than 40,000 audience members each year. It presents a full calendar of performances and programs, from the Helen Hayes Award-winning Folger Theatre productions and Folger Poetry readings to early music concerts by the Folger Consort and family activitie.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is home to the world's largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.