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Speaking of Shakespeare
In 2005 the Guild added one more venue, historic FORD'S THEATRE, to the three that had figured the previous year: the CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART and the WOMAN'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB in Washington and the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB in New York.

Meanwhile, in an extraordinary range of programs, audiences heard and met such notables as journalist SIR HAROLD EVANS, who spoke about American innovators, and Harvard scholar STEPHEN GREENBLATT, who introduced his new book on Will in the World.

Two distinguished actors, F. MURRAY ABRAHAM and LYNN REDGRAVE, took part in a pair of events each, delighting audiences in both Washington and New York. Their appearances were complemented by a gathering in which actor-director RICHARD CLIFFORD, who was in D.C. to direct The Clandestine Marriage at the Folger Theatre, headlined a panel that also included performers CATHERINE FLYE and TED VAN GRIETHUYSEN and producer JANET GRIFFIN.

Another special guest was television host ROBERT MACNEIL, who talked about his new PBS documentary on the English that American speakers put on the language they inherited from Britain. Guild constituents also enjoyed opportunities to chat with director MICHAEL KAHN, with playwright KEN LUDWIG, with New Yorker critic ADAM GOPNIK, and with Columnbia professor JAMES SHAPIRO.

In December a rich and eventful year drew to a close with the legendary KITTY CARLISLE HART, who captivated her admirers not only with dozens of fascinating recollections, but with a memorable rendering of Irving Berlin's "Always."

For details about offerings that have been presented in other seasons, click on the years that follow: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. And for information about upcoming programs, visit our Current Events page.