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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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The show actually starts at 7, not 7:30!!
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We parked on the street around the corner with no problems. It was a Sunday night
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"The Second Shepherds' Play"
19 ratings
4.2 average rating
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69 events
19 reviews
5 stars
attended Dec 16 2007

The play was fun and good for the holidays and a different experience. The music was interesting.

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61 reviews
8 stars
attended Dec 19 2007

Excellent and joyful medieval music. Good acting. Rare to see a religious event on stage in DC.

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17 reviews
36 stars
attended Dec 27 2007

When I read The Second Shepherd's Play in college English class it was difficult to comprehend and seemed rather silly. To my great surprise and delight, the Folger Consort production combined good music and acting to bring the play alive -- even...continued

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Directed by Mary Hall Surface

A rich blend of music and theater, the earthly and the divine,_ The Second Shepherds’ Play_ is an engaging mystery play in the medieval English drama tradition. Join the shepherds as they watch their flocks on a dark and stormy Christmas Eve, telling the story from their candid and often funny perspective. This charming holiday tale captures both the rustic life of the peasantry and the marvel of the Nativity. Musicians and actors center the production in its origins with medieval dances and sacred tunes.

The program of seasonal selections will include English music from the 14th through 16th centuries.

Pieces include:

Nova, Nova

There is no Rose of Such Virtue

Nowell, Nowell

Angelus ad virginem/Gabriel fram heven-king

Sweet was the song the Virgin sung

Conventry Carol

Dives and Lazarus