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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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36 reviews
38 stars
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Union Station Metro is about 5 blocks away, and there seemed to be on-street parking.
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"The Conference of the Birds"
66 ratings
4.2 average rating
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1 review
0 stars
attended Nov 04 2012

I was very disappointed with the way this beautiful work of art by Farid ud Din Attar was so distastefully represented. It was quite crude, and seemed to cater to an audience which they deemed to be unappreciative of the classic work of a 13th...continued

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10 stars
attended Oct 31 2012

Fuzzy philosophy underlying the play. Superb acting (and singing) from the cast. Inventive and entirely appropriate set and costumes.

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 26 2012

Folgers is always a wonderful spot. Acting, music and sparse set were great but the actual material of the 'play' was not suited to the stage, very odd.

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“A beautiful mash-up of music, physical theater … and ancient Persian poetry.” —”Washington Post_":


Stage version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook

Based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar

Directed by Aaron Posner

Original music performed by Tom Teasley

A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine.

The Conference of the Birds is equal parts hero’s quest, moral fable, tall tale, adventure story, religious parable, buddy movie, and poetic flight of fancy,” says director Aaron Posner. “It is an astonishing work, and, hopefully, unlike anything you have likely ever seen before.”

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.