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Shakespeare’s First Folio Grand Opening
A community-wide celebration for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, begins at 5:30 p.m. in UMD’s Bohannon Hall 90, followed by a reception and the exhibit in the Tweed Museum of Art.
At the program, Dr. Paul Cannan, associate professor of English, will present A Tale of Two First Folios: The Works of Benjamin Jonson (1616) and Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies (1623).
The College of St. Scholastica’s Center for Early Music, the Twin Ports Choral Project and the UMD Fine Arts Academy will serenade the event with Shakespeare era music.
About the First Folio
The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death.
The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
The Folger Shakespeare Library holds 82 copies of the First Folio, by far the largest collection in the world and more than a third of the 233 known copies in the world today. It is believed that 750 copies were originally printed.
At the Tweed, the First Folio’s pages will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of the most quoted lines in the world, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. UMD is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.