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Logo of First FolioAugust 20-September 21

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.

Starting August 20, viewing of the First Folio is at the Yanke Family Research Park and open to the public from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday-Sunday and Labor Day.
*Please Note Reduced Gallery Hours: Monday August 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday September 2, 1-7 p.m.

Special events and for all ages all month long at the Yanke Family Research Park and around town! Parking for all events is complimentary. For more information or to sign up for the mailing list contact: or call 208-426-5754.



Past Events:

August 5-28. Twelfth Night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Contact ISF Box Office for ticket prices.

August 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Vintage Shakespeare Films: Richard III (1955, unrated) at Boise Public Library (Main Library). Starring Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen.

August 20, 1-5 p.m. First Folio in Idaho Grand Opening Carnival at the Yanke Research Family Park. Celebrate the First Folio’s first visit to Idaho beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Eric Weinmann Librarian Daniel DeSimone from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Visit the exhibition and bring a lawn chair to enjoy outdoor performances, demonstrations, and activities for all ages throughout the afternoon.

August 23, 7 p.m. “With Our Good Will” at the Yanke Research Family Park. Celebrate 40 seasons of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival with founding Artistic Director Doug Copsey.  Copsey and founding company members share the incredible story of the Festival’s roots through insider accounts of the highlights and challenges of ISF’s early years.

August 24, 7 p.m. Idaho Scholar Talks: “Ha Ha Hamlet: Parodies, Pop-Culture, and the Prince of Denmark” by Dr. Matt Hansen (Boise State University) at the Yanke Research Family Park. Dr. Hansen hosts an engaging and interactive discussion of “Parodic Hamlets,” including an array of pop-culture references to and parodies of Hamlet and, in particular, the play’s iconic “To be or not to be” soliloquy — the page featured in First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.

August 25, 9-11 p.m. Film, 10 Things I Hate About You (Student Union Building Intramural Field, Boise State). Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to this 1999 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. The movie will be shown on the intramural field on a 50 foot inflatable screen! This event is cosponsored by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, Housing and Residence Life and is part of Bronco Welcome Week.

August 26, 7 p.m. Idaho Scholar Talks: “Mind Your F’s and Q’s!: Exploring Early Editions of Romeo and Juliet” by Dr. Jessica Winston (Idaho State University) at the Yanke Research Family Park. The First Folio is the book that made Shakespeare, but what is a “folio,” precisely? This talk will introduce important vocabulary for understanding Renaissance-era printing practices – quarto (“Q”), folio (“F”), printer, compositor. Dr. Winston will then explore how early quartos and folios can illuminate our interpretation and teaching of Romeo and Juliet. Members of the audience are invited to bring their own editions of the play to compare how modern versions match the earliest printings.

August 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Boise Public Library Comic Con. Look for a display of Shakespeare-related graphic novels and other materials at the Main Library! At Boise Public Library (Main Library)

August 29, 7 p.m. Film, Romeo + Juliet (1996). Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Boise State Theatre Arts Department Chair and Idaho Shakespeare Festival actor Dr. Richard Klautsch will give a brief introduction to the Baz Luhrmann film and discuss Boise State’s fall production of Romeo and Juliet. ($7, at The Flicks)

September 1, 7 p.m. First Folio in Idaho Keynote Speaker Eric Rasmussen (University of Nevada Reno): “The Saint-Omer Shakespeare First Folio Goes Viral” at the Yanke Research Family Park. In November of 2014, within hours after the Saint-Omer copy of the Shakespeare First Folio discovered at a public library in the north of France had been authenticated by Professor Eric Rasmussen, news of its discovery ‘went viral’, receiving an astonishing 12.5 billion online page views worldwide, and occasioning widespread claims that the volume proved that Shakespeare was a secret catholic. Professor Rasmussen will provide a fascinating insiders’ account of these extraordinary events. Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Rasmussen.51cU3oemrlL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Rasmussen is the author of The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios–an enthralling account of the highlights of two decades of research by Rasmussen and his team of First Folio hunters, locating and studying 232 surviving copies in situ worldwide.  Copies will be available for purchase or bring your own for the book signing.

September 1, 6:30-8 p.m. A Shakespearean First Thursday! at Boise Public Library (Main Library)

September 2, 10:30 a.m. and September 3, 2 p.m. “To Bee or Not To Bee” at Boise Public Library (Main Library). Boise Public Library’s original puppet show created to celebrate the First Folio in Idaho. Hamlet is an extraordinary piglet who loves to read. While his siblings tease him about his “unpiggish” ways (not eating garbage, grunting or wallowing in mud), his best friend, Little Bee, helps Hamlet realize his own unique powers.

September 6, 13, and 20, 10 a.m.-Noon. “Shakespeare’s World” taught by Dr. Lisa McClain. Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning, Registration required. As Boise State hosts the national traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, this course provides the history of Tudor-Stuart England that places the Bard and his works in context. Shakespeare was born during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Her reign became known as a Golden Age for England: a time of education, artistic creativity, exploration, and prosperity. It was also a time of religious violence, insurrection, and conflict, which continued into the reign of her successor, James I. Discover the world that shaped the Bard and your favorite plays.

September 9, 7 p.m. Idaho Scholar Talks: “The Economy of Nature: Human and Non-Human Forces in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Timon of Athens”  by Dr. Peter Remien (Lewis-Clark State College) at the Yanke Research Family Park. Remien explores Shakespeare’s engagement with the clash between the natural world and the man-made world. Discussing two of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Timon of Athens and King Lear, Dr. Remien examines the interplay between human and non-human forces suggesting that complicated human structures – and the people who construct them – are, sometimes, too smart for their own good.

September 12, 7 p.m. Idaho Scholar Talks: “All the World’s A Stage Direction: Shakespeare’s First Folio for Actors” by Professor Gordon Reinhart (Boise State University) at the Yanke Research Family Park. Professor Reinhardt works with a group of Boise State actors to compare modern editions of Shakespeare’s plays side-by-side with the First Folio. The demonstration explores how spelling, capitalization, italics, and other aspects–while potentially odd to the reader’s eye–actually offer clues and hints to the actor. Includes Q&A with the audience.

September 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Vintage Shakespeare Films. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935, unrated) at Boise Public Library (Main Library). Starring James Cagney, Dick Powell, and Ian Hunter.

September 16, 7 p.m. Idaho Scholar Talks: “Shakespeare’s Typeface” by Dr. Curtis Whitaker (Idaho State University) at the Yanke Research Family Park. Books printed in the time of Shakespeare look a certain way, from the color of the paper to the layout of the page to the typeface preferred by Elizabethan stationers.  This talk will consider the fonts used in the printing of the First Folio and how modern typeface both draws on and departs from typographic custom from four hundred years ago.

September 17, 1-5 p.m. Family Day with the Folio at the Yanke Research Family Park. Shakespeare themed arts and crafts for kids all afternoon. Make donkey ears, a fairy crown, your own mini First Folio and an Elizabethan ruff! Plus 2 special performances:

  • 2:30 pm “To Bee or Not to Bee”  Boise Public Library’s original puppet show created to celebrate the First Folio in Idaho: Hamlet is an extraordinary piglet who loves to read. While his siblings tease him about his “unpiggish” ways (not eating garbage, grunting or wallowing in mud), his best friend, Little Bee, helps Hamlet realize his own unique powers.
  • 3:30 pm  A one hour version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing by “Shake it Up After School” (4th -8th graders) directed by Matt Hansen of Boise State’s Department of English.

September 21, 7 p.m. “Our Revels Now Are Ended” at the Yanke Research Family Park.  Join event planners and volunteers as we say Farewell to the Folio with cake and a special remount performance of Friends and Lovers by Idaho Dance Theatre. Shakespeare’s language is brought to life in voice and movement in this beautiful and moving work choreographed by Marla Hansen.

Teachers and Students

August 29-September 16. School Group Visits. Encounter Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio at the Yanke Research Family Park. Help theater, poetry, and literature come alive for students at this once-in-a-lifetime event. Details and registration. Docent led class visits by arrangement: 90 minute encounters include Shakespeare Out Loud – Students explore Shakespeare’s language through interactive games and exercises, Shakespeare In Context – A hands on activity in which students learn about Shakespeare’s life and times, and First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. All visits are by reservation and are limited to 60 students per encounter.

August 27, 1-5 p.m. Teacher Workshop. “Shakespeare’s Text Demystified: An Exploration of the First Folio and its Significance” with Dr. Matt Hansen and Dr. Jennifer Black (Boise State University) at the Yanke Research Family Park. We invite Idaho schoolteachers to come together for this interactive workshop to explore the First Folio during its visit to Boise State. During this four-hour workshop facilitated by Boise State English faculty, we’ll look at a variety of aspects of Shakespeare’s plays through activities and discussions. Participants will come away with greater knowledge about Shakespeare’s language and early modern printing practices, as well as activities for immediate classroom use.

Workshop is limited to 30 participants. Advance registration is required.  Professional development credit for “Shakespeare’s Text Demysified” is  available through Boise State University. Click this link to register and pay for credit.

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First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and by the support of, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, and other generous donors.