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Shakespeare, Athena and Dionysus welcome First Folio!


Eddie George and Michael Roark headline activities

Former Titan’s Running Back Eddie George and Shakespearian Actor Michael Roark will officially open, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit, at 9 a.m., Thursday, November 10, 2016 to Nashville. The Parthenon was chosen as one of only 52 sites in the United States to host this national traveling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Dionysus (Eddie George), Athena (Wesley Paine) and Shakespeare (Michael Roark) himself will be on hand for this wonderful celebration of the book that saved many of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays (Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It) from being lost forever.

When the First Folio arrives in Nashville, its pages will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of the most quoted lines in the world, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional interactive activities.

During the exhibition, the Parthenon is pairing with community partners The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Bell Academy, The English Speaking Union Nashville Chapter, and the Nashville Public Library, among others, to offer numerous programs for the public and families, including lectures, puppet shows, and performances.

A preview party will be held on November 9th at the Parthenon as a joint benefit for The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park and The Nashville Shakespeare Festival.