Venue Details

Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 19 members
Review from Ed Falkowitz
Red Velvet 80 events 19 reviews

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

reviewed Dec 16 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Sarah Morse
42 events 21 reviews

The play was lovely. The first half was a little slow but the second half was really good. The medival instruments were amazing as were the musicians. Unfortunately, our seats were less than. The Folger is a very small venue and many of the...continued

reviewed Dec 27 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Stanley Myles
23 events 19 reviews

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

reviewed Dec 27 2007 report as inappropriate
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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

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