Shakespeare First Folio! Schedule of Events

These events are subject to change. We’re working on getting the latest event information available to you as we hear it.

October 10, 2015


Folger Workshop for Teachers

ESUUS ESU Hawaii Folger Shakespeare Library

Funded by ESU Hawai‘i and The Folger Shakespeare Library. Workshop Leader Skip Nicolson combines elements of Folger workshop on teaching Shakespeare with teaching the First Folio.

October 19-24, 2015

Master Class series

Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at Kennedy Theatre

Hosted by UH Mānoa Dept. of Theater and Dance. Master Class series led by Gary Logan, Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting in Washington, D.C. Information >>

October 24, 2015

Scansion Dynamics, Persuasion, and Dialects

Mānoa Campus, Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

Led by Gary Logan, Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting in Washington, D.C. Information >>

October 27 – 28, 2015

Hamlet – National Theatre Live

Kāhala Theatre

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch

November 7, 2015

Brush Up Your Shakespeare! Workshop

Hawai‘i Theatre Annex Studio

Workshop is conducted by UHM Theater Professor Paul Mitri and Eden Lee Murray, Director of Education for the Hawai‘i Theatre and the Hawai‘i Theatre Young Actors Ensemble.

Note: Workshop was filmed and posted on a password protected Vimeo site. Access is limited to students and teachers in Hawaii. To request access code and link, contact

November 13 – 15, 2015

Twelfth Night

Tenney Theater

St. Andrews Priory production

December 8, 2015

Evening with the Bard

Hawai‘i Theatre

February 6, 2016

Polishing Your Shakespeare Performance Workshop

Hawai‘i Theatre Annex Studio

Workshop is conducted by Eden Lee Murray, Director of Education for the Hawai‘i Theatre and the Hawai‘i Theatre Young Actors Ensemble.

Thursday Feb 11 07:30 PM
& Sunday Feb 14 01:00 PM

Romeo is Bleeding

Doris Duke Theatre

Part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival 2016 Special thanks to community partner Pacific Tongues
Directed by Jason Zeldes. USA. 2015. 93 min.Growing up in Richmond, California, a city divided by a turf war, young poet Donté Clark channels Shakespeare to help heal the ills of his community. As the artistic director of the RAW (Richmond Artists With) Talent Creative Arts Program, Clark is a young man who could have been part of Richmond’s problem, but instead uses poetry to mentor young students and to talk about the issues they face. When Donté learns that RAW Talent is facing a budget cut, he and his students decide to stage an ambitious urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet entitled Te’s Harmony. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city hope their production will start a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma? Director Jason Zeldes, an editor on Twenty Feet from Stardom, delivers a potent film that highlights the power of art and spoken word to heal and inspire, and the importance of being able to express oneself in the face of deep hardship. Special guest: Director Jason Zeldes

February 20, 2016

Hawai‘i state segment of the ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Punahou’s Luke Auditorium in the Wo International center

2015 National Champion is from Hawaii. Recorded 2016 performances available are available on YouTube

February 12, 14, 16, 2016

Benjamin Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Blaisdell Concert

Hawai‘i Opera Theater (HOT) production.

February 10, 2016

Opera for Everyone

Blaisdell Concert Hall

Performance of
Benjamin Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream. HOT Education Department event.

March 15, 16, 2016

National Theatre Live: As You Like It

Kāhala Theater

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road) as Rosalind. Information >>

April 2, 2016

Folger First Folio Workshop for Teachers

Mānele 102;
KCC; 9:00-11:00 a.m.

UHM Professor of English, Todd Sammons

April 2 and 9, 2016

Early Music Hawai‘i
Concert Series 2015-2016
Season Finale

Saturday, April 2, 2016 • 7:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Honolulu

Saturday, April 9, 2016 • 5:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
77-165 Lako Street, Kailua-Kona

Bridging the Centuries II
Shakespeare Songs, Then & Now
Love Songs of Petrarch & the Song of Songs
Performed by The Early Music Hawai‘i Chamber SingersEarly Music Hawai‘i celebrates William Shakespeare on the 4th centenary of his death in April 1616 with a selection of his best known songs set by his contemporaries Robert Johnson, Thomas Morley and others. They then pair the songs with modern compositions by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, George Shearing and one of New York’s best known living composers, Matt Harris.

April 8, 9, 15, 16, 2016

Much Ado about Nothing

Paul and Vi Loo Theatre

Directed by Troy Apostol. Information >>

April 2016

Auditions for 2016 Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival Season

  • Wed, April 6, 3pm-6pm Leeward Community College, Lab Theatre
  • Thu, April 7, 6pm-9pm University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Kennedy Theatre Studio S
  • Sun, April 10, 5pm-8pm Windward Community College, Hale Palanakila Room 224
  • Sat, April 16, 2pm-5pm The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nu‘uanu Ave.

Information >>

April 2016


Hawai‘i Theatre

Student Matinee Performances Apr. 20 10:00am
Apr. 21, 22 9:15amPublic Performances Apr. 22 7:00pm
Apr. 23 2:00pm

April 2016

Richard III

Leeward Community College Theater Lab

Thursday, April 14 at 8:00pm
Friday, April 15 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 16 at 8:00pm
Thursday, April 21 at 8:00pm
Friday, April 22 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 23 at 8:00pmInformation >>

Spring 2016



Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival started a Shakespeare in the Schools program a few years ago. Cost in the past has been $250 to bring the small group of actors to a school to perform.

April 18 – 25, 2016

Folger First Folio Programming for Families

Hawai‘i State Library Branches throughout the islands

April 2016

Folger First Folio Programming for Families

State Library

Music from Shakespeare’s Time
Thursday, April 28, 2016; 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.First Floor Reading Room,
Hawai‘i State LibraryThe First Folio: A Dramatic Tale
Exhibit in Front Lobby
Hawai‘i State Library
Through May 31, 2016Thou Sayest What?
Interactive display that introduces and plays with words from Elizabethan English.
Front Lobby
Hawai‘i State Library
Through May 31, 2016

April 22 – May 25, 2016

Shakespeare Comes to Hawai‘i

KCC Lobby
Lama Library

ESU Hawai‘i
UH Mānoa Theater and Dance Dept.Diamond Head Theatre
Hawai‘i Theatre Education Dept.Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival
Hawai‘i Mission Houses

April 23, 2016

Folktales that Inspired the Bard

Hawai‘i State Library, 1st Flr reading room; 12noon – 1pm

Storyteller Vicky Dworkin will share folktales that inspired some of Shakespeare’s best known plays.
Actors Amy Hewitt Reynolds and Melinda Maltby Purdy will recite lines from plays that grew from those tales.A family program recommended for ages 8 and up.

April 23, 2016

The Wonder of Will LIVE: Sharing Shakespeare Stories

C-SPAN 6:00am HST

Broadcast live via Book TV on C-SPAN2 and live streamed at, The Wonder of Will Live features a diverse array of actors, community leaders, artists and scholars sharing their connection to Shakespeare through compelling performances and personal stories in an hourlong-ish program hosted by Folger Director Michael Witmore.

Confirmed presenters include Supreme Court Justice Breyer; Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu; Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William “Bro” Adams; actor and President Obama’s appointed Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Kal Penn; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Clarence Page; playwright Octavio Solis; and the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the hilarious comedy troupe behind The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Right after the hour-long program, Book TV is hosting a short call-in show to answer questions from across the country about Shakespeare. An invitation is available to share your personal experiences and connections with Shakespeare.

April 25, 2016


KCC Iliahi 123AB 1:15pm

April 25 – May 25, 2016

First Folio!: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Char Room
Second Floor, Lama Library

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, American Library Association, Cincinnati Museum Center, and by the generous support of and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf and other generous donor

The Sidney Stern Memorial Trust has providing funding support for security enhancements during the Hawai‘i exhibition.

Friday, April 29, 2016

First Folio Friday

3:00pm – 5:00pm Ohia Building,
220 Grille or Cafeteria KCC

Valerie Wayne is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, where she taught for 32 years and received the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. She has edited or co-edited six books and written many articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Her edition of Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline is forthcoming from the Arden Shakespeare in 2017. Wayne has served on the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly, been a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and was president of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women in 2000.

“Shakespeare’s First Folio: The Book’s Own Story” This talk provides an overview of the book that will be on display for a month in Honolulu. The First Folio was a risky venture when it was printed in 1623, because it was by far the most expensive book of plays ever offered to the English public. Despite Shakespeare’s strong reputation, the publishers could not be sure it would sell. Plays were considered lowbrow entertainment, and single-volume playbooks had been banned from the best library in Oxford. The book’s compilers chose to publish Shakespeare’s plays in the format of more prestigious works, a large folio volume, and to place the most recent plays in the most conspicuous positions, framing them with ones that called attention to the playwright’s own art. This collection gives us 18 plays we never would have had without it as well as revised versions of those previously published. More than that, it preserves for posterity some of the most moving and brilliant stories that have ever been told. The story of the book itself is also worth telling, and that will be the focus here.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Shakespeare in Hawai‘i and in Hawaiian

1:00 p.m. Authors Mauka Pavilion; Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival

Panel with the following participants:

  • Professor Emerita Valerie Wayne
  • Professor Paul Mitri
  • Professor Puakea Nogelmeier
  • Associate Professor Mark Lawhorn

Information >>

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Shakespeare and the Ali‘i Nui

2:00 p.m. Authors Mauka Pavilion; Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival

Professor Theresa Di Pasquale
Professor Puakea NogelmeierModerator: Professor Craig Howes

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Invented Language

3:00 p.m. Authors Mauka Pavilion; Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival

Tony Pisculli
Stephanie Keiko Kong
Victoria Brown-Wilson

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Gravedigger’s Tale

4:00-5:00 p.m. Mission Memorial Auditorium; Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival

One man show: Conceived and directed by Robert Richmond and performed by Louis Butelli, this forty minute interactive audience experience combines the text from Hamlet with some original and traditional music. 40 minute performance followed by 15-20 minute Q & A.

Information >>

Sunday, May 1, 2016

HTYAE Performance of Othello

4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Theatre Keiki Stage

Monday, May 2, 2016

English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare

Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC

Hawai‘i Branch Competition Winner Ari Dalbert wins first place in National Shakespeare Competition.

Friday, May 6, 2016

First Folio Friday

3:00pm – 5:00pm Ohia Building,
Ohia 118

Dr. Laura Lehua Yim is an Assistant Professor of English at San Francisco State University. Specializing in early modern English literature, law, and culture, she is currently finishing her book Fluid Propriety: Water and Authority in Spenser and Shakespeare, which re-interprets the ubiquity of rivers and streams in Elizabethan prose, poetry, and drama in relationship to the complex Tudor history of property rights in fresh water. Part of this research includes cartographic history, particularly the importance of maps drawn for legal cases involving fresh water use rights disputes. Her work has also focused on Hawaiian legal history and current legal and political issues as well as “Native” issues in the common law diaspora.

“Hoonaueueihe, Ka Haku Moolelo Kaulana Loa o Enelani: Shakespeare in the Nineteenth-Century Hawaiian Language Newspapers.” An overview of how Shakespeare’s works enter into the pages of Hawaiian Kingdom and Territorial newspapers, 1850-1925. This talk will examine the translation and serialization of certain Shakespeare plays taken from Charles & Mary Lamb’s prose adaptations, making note of the newspaper editors’ purposes in publishing these works as well as the larger context of newspaper serialization of “kaao” (legends) and “moolelo” (histories/stories). These kaao and mo‘olelo publications in the newspapers were important contributions to the Hawaiian Kingdom’s vibrant, cosmopolitan public sphere emerging in the mid-nineteenth-century. Hawaiians playfully translated Shakespeare’s name as “Hoonaueueihe,” going beyond the usual transliteration of English authors’ names, arguably because they recognized in that name and his texts a familiar, pleasurable word-wit and a cherished insight into personal and public politics. By reading the traces of Hoonaueueihe in the Hawaiian language newspapers and public discourse, we can glimpse a refashioning of Shakespeare for use in an island kingdom centuries and miles away from his own time and home.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Shakespeare’s Fairies & Jesters

Hawai‘i State Library, 1st Flr reader room; 11:30AM – 12:15PM

A Craft program for Children Ages 4 and Up

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

Hawai‘i State Library, 1st Flr reader room; 02:00PM – 04:00PM

(Mel Gibson)
Suitable for 12 and older.

Friday, May 13, 2016

First Folio Friday

3:00pm – 5:00pm Ohia Building,
220 Grille or Cafeteria KCC

Karen Jolly is a professor of medieval European history at UHM who studies manuscripts and scribes. She is currently working on a historical fiction novel based on a tenth century scribe named Aldred. You can follow her blog at

Turning the Pages: The Sensory Experience of Books If the play’s the thing, why are we entranced by a 400-year old book publishing the script?

Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed, so in some sense any competent edition of the script will do for its players.  What is it about this material artifact, not even in Shakespeare’s hand, that attracts our attention?

Professor Jolly’s presentation will focus on the materiality of the First Folio and why it matters in the transmission of Shakespeare’s plays from the author through handwritten copies to printed editions.  She will explore the move from animal parchment to paper, with samples for participants to touch, and from handwritten script to print font, including a look at what is very likely Shakespeare’s own handwriting.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

Hawai‘i State Library, 1st Flr reader room; 02:00PM – 04:00PM

10 Things I Hate about You
(based on The Taming of the Shrew)
Heath Ledger

Friday, May 20, 2016

First Folio Friday

3:00pm – 5:00pm Ohia Building,
220 Grille or Cafeteria KCC

Mark Heberle is professor of English at UHM. His current primary research interest is representations of war in early modern literature. He has published on Shakespeare and Spenser as well as on literary biography and Vietnam War literature, with articles and book chapters on writers that include Graham Greene, Michael Herr, Takeshi Kaiko, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

“Shakespeare’s Quartos and the First Folio
Relationship between quartos and Folio, examining quarto title pages and Folio front matter.

Mark Lawhorn is Associate Professor of English at Kapi‘olani Community College and Hawai‘i Project Director for The Folger’s First Folio! exhibition. He has performed in the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival and coordinates the annual Hawai‘i segment of the ESU National Shakespeare Competition. His work on Shakespeare has appeared in a number of books including Shakespeare and Childhood (Cambridge University Press).

“Shakespeare in Hawai‘i during World War II” The remarkable story of how the U.S. military hired a well-known Shakespearean actor to oversee entertainment for the troops on O‘ahu during WWII and how he brought Shakespeare to the military masses here.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

Hawai‘i State Library, 1st Flr reader room; 02:00PM – 04:00PM

Reduced Shakespeare Company: Complete Works of Shakespeare
(not rated)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Folktales that Inspired the Bard

Kaimukī Public Library

Storyteller Vicky Dworkin will share folktales that inspired some of Shakespeare’s best known plays.
Actors Amy Hewitt Reynolds and Melinda Maltby Purdy will recite lines from plays that grew from those tales. A family program recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Closing Event

6:00 -7:30 pm Diamond Head Theatre

Paul Edmondson is Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of many books and articles about Shakespeare, including, towards the end of last year, The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography (with Stanley Wells for Cambridge University Press), Shakespeare’s Creative Legacies (just out in The Arden Shakespeare series); and Finding Shakespeare’s New Place: an archaeological biography (due out in July from Manchester University Press). His Shakespeare: Ideas in Profile is an overview of Shakespeare for the general reader, and a collection of his Shakespeare-related poetry has just been published, Destination Shakespeare (from the Misfit Press). He is Chair of the Hosking Houses Trust for women writers, a Trustee of the British Shakespeare Association, and a priest in the Church of England. He has lived and worked in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1995.

Shakespeare at 400: Why? The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. In this lecture, Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, and a prominent Shakespeare scholar, will present his own personally inflected overview of why and how Shakespeare has become mightily prevalent in our world culture. He will also outline the ways The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is marking this very special Shakespearian year, not least by representing the site of Shakespeare’s family home, New Place, in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Behind the Scenes of the Preservation and Conservation Department at the Folger Shakespeare Library What really happens to the books and how conservators heal their wounds and bring them home. Renate Mesmer, Head of Conservation, Folger Shakespeare Library, will be speaking about the preservation, conservation and the unusual tasks that come to conservators at the Folger. She will show the Folger conservators’ everyday work, some really fun projects, and will give inside details about the recovery of the Durham Folio, about which the BBC made a documentary called Stealing Shakespeare.

Summer 2016

2016 Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
directed by Jason Kanda
July 8 – July 17, 2016The Witch of Edmonton by William Rowley
directed by Taurie Kinoshita
July 22 – July 31, 2016A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
directed by Tony Pisculli
August 12 – August 21, 2016For more info:

August 9 & 10, 2016

Measure for Measure

Kāhala Consolidated Theaters

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

August 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; 7:00 p.m.

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Hawai‘i Mission Houses

August 30 & September 7, 2016

Merchant of Venice

Kāhala Consolidated Theaters

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

September 20 & 28, 2016

Richard II

Kāhala Consolidated Theaters

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

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