New York’s inventive Fiasco Theater has established its reputation for bringing Shakespeare’s most whimsical and timeless tales to the stage. This dizzying romantic adventure is a comedy filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and also the “sourest-natured” dog Crab.


FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and Into the Woods. Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival of 2011/2012. In February of 2014 they will present a production of Measure for Measure in association with the New Victory Theater. Fiasco has been in residence with Duke University, Marquette University, and NYU-Gallatin and has upcoming residencies with LSU and Sundance Theatre Lab. Their work has been developed at the Orchard Project and the Shakespeare Society, and Fiasco has led master classes at Brown University and NYU. In 2008, Fiasco began offering the Free Training Initiative—a conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students.;

Why Fiasco? Legend has it the word “fiasco” was first used to describe commedia dell’arte performances that went horribly (and hilariously) wrong. While they hope to avoid on-stage disasters, they believe that only when artists are brave enough to risk a fiasco can they create the possibility of something special. They chose the name Fiasco to remind themselves to brave the huge leaps in the hopes of discovering huge rewards.;

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barrels of charm … a dandy dissertation on love” – The Washington Post

hilarious and joyous” – Examiner

a magical night in the theatre … hysterical” – DC Metro Theater Arts

infectious … delights and impresses” – BroadwayWorld

a joy…this production definitely delivers” - Washingtonian

spirited … immensely entertaining” – Where Magazine

sleek … perfect” – Brightest Young Things

delightful … a frolicking good time” – Washington Life Magazine

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Tuesday, April 22, 7:30pm
Tickets available one hour prior to performance; cash only

College Night
Friday, April 25, 8pm
$15 tickets with valid student ID

Pre-Show Talk
Wednesday, May 7, 6:30pm
A scholarly, insightful discussion of the play with Folger Director Michael Witmore. Includes light fare reception. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday, May 8
Following the 7:30pm performance

Folger Friday
Friday, May 9 at 6pm
Poets Michael Gushue & Regie Cabico respond to the play with original works.

Sunday, May 18, 2pm
Call the box office at 202.544.7077 for details

Join us Monday, May 19, at 7pm, for a special preview screening of Still Dreaming, the story of a remarkable version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged by Fiasco directors Brody and Steinfeld and a lively group of elderly entertainers from NJ’s Lillian Booth Actors Home. Reserve a seat here.