My friends don’t love me just for money!
That’s what Timon of Athens thought, but of course was proved wrong in Shakespeare’s tragic tale now on stage at the Folger Theatre.
Concluding the anniversary season is Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy Timon of Athens on stage through June 11, 2017. Directed by Robert Richmond, this rarely produced satire examining wealth, false friendships, and the abuse of generosity.
Timon is a wealthy and popular aristocrat with a propensity for being overly generous. Sparing no expense on lavish parties, expensive gifts, and charity, Timon unexpectedly loses his great fortune. When he seeks out those friends he has helped financially in the past to keep him from ruin, Timon discovers that they will not reciprocate.
“This play is so very unlike any other work in Shakespeare’s canon,” says director Richmond. “It is a wonderfully fantastical cautionary tale exploring the timeless themes of over-generosity, mismanagement of money, and expectations of friendships. In wanting to represent the world we live in today, our production takes place in a very modern world. A world where technology has taken over and high finance happens all online.”
Tickets are available online at www.folger.edu/theatre or by calling the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077.
Folger Theatre is at201 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003