University of San Diego Partnership Brings Shakespeare to San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA – Shakespeare’s First Folio will be on display in San Diego beginning June 4, 2016. San Diego is the only host city in the state of California, and was selected as part of a collective application process with the University of San Diego serving as a contributing member. The honor of exhibiting Shakespeare's First Folio, the 1623 published collection of 36 Shakespearean plays, is a testament to the lively theatre and academic community in San Diego, as we were chosen over the other major cities in the state. The Folio is considered the only reliable text for approximately 20 of Shakespeare’s plays, and serves as a useful tool for examining plays that were in publication.

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the event is a partnership between the University of San Diego, The Old Globe, the San Diego Public Library, University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, the San Diego Public Library Foundation, and KPBS.

Tickets will be available beginning April 23rd for the First Folio events and Shakespeare’s rare First Folio will be on display at the San Diego Central Library.

For more information, visit the First Folio! San Diego 2016 website. Watch a look inside Shakespeare’s First Folio or listen to audio recordings of Shakespeare’s works.

WHAT: First Folio! San Diego 2016
WHEN: June 4 through July 7, tickets to signature events and the exhibition are available as of April 23
WHERE: Visit the First Folio website for more information on event locations

The event is free and open to the public.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
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