“In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, they have sent out several of their First Folios on tour to all 50 states and two territories throughout the year 2016.” Hadley Kamminga-Peck, Project Manager of the First Folio exhibit at CU.
Maeve Conran speaks with Hadley Kamminga-Peck about Shakespeare, the First Folio Tour, and the interaction of the digital world of entertainment with the works of Shakespeare. The University of Colorado put together an eight department collaboration over two years to be allowed to hold the exhibit at the Boulder campus.
First Folio is the first complete collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors in 1623, seven years after his death. The renowned publication preserves 36 of Shakespeare’s theatrical works, 18 of which were not printed prior to the publication. Without First Folio, many of Shakespeare’s most famous plays would not be known or available today, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra.
Viewers will be able to get up close and personal with the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “to be or not to be,” and the exhibition will provide visitors with interactive Shakespearean activities and a multi-paneled exhibition regarding Shakespeare’s impact on both historical and contemporary societies.
First Folio, the original compilation of Shakespeare’s 36 plays, will be on display at the University of Colorado Boulder’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibition from Aug. 9-31.