2016 Folger Gala

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About the evening

Monday, April 18, 2016 Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare

The Folger Shakespeare Library's 2016 Gala was a magnificent success! With the generosity of our sponsors, guests, and donors, we raised more than $400,000 to benefit all areas of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world!

We are grateful to our Gala Co-Chairs, May Liang and Jim Lintott, as well as our Gala Committee. Their dedication and passion helped make this Gala a most wonderful tribute to Shakespeare's life and his legacy as we commemorated the 400th anniversary of his death. We also extend our thanks to our Honorary Co-Chairs, the British Ambassador and Lady Darroch.

Nearly 300 guests joined us for this festive occasion.The weather was ideal for an outdoor cocktail reception, and the view of the Capitol provided a breathtaking backdrop. In our Elizabethan Theatre, our cast of talented performers entertained us with scenes and songs. "Words, words, words," directed by Robert Richmond, featured the talents of Wendell Pierce, as well as Zach Appelman, Christylez Bacon, Louis Butelli, Richard Clifford, Tom Story, Rachel Zampelli, and by video, Simon Russell Beale. The performance included everything from a hip-hop rendition of a Shakespeare sonnet by Christylez Bacon to a stirring performance of Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be” speech by Simon Russell Beale. A delectable dinner in the stunning Reading Rooms was the perfect finish to a fantastic evening.

If you were unable to attend, we invite you to read more about the beautiful evening at "The Washington Post".

Committee and Honorary Committee

Honorary co-chairs

The British Ambassador and Lady Darroch

Gala chairs

May Liang and James Lintott

2016 Folger Gala committee

Jarrett and Nora Arp

Louis and Bonnie Cohen

Phil Deutch and Marne Levine

Lisa Fuentes and Thomas M. Cohen

Susan Sachs Goldman

Maxine Isaacs

Ken Ludwig and Adrienne George

The Honorable John D. Macomber

Darcy and Andrew Nussbaum

Herman J. Obermayer

Gail Kern Paster

Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul II

Tessa van der Willigen

Wonder of Will Honorary committee

Congressman Brad Ashford

Senator Ben Cardin

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Senator Thad Cochran

Congressman Tom Cole

Senator Susan Collins

Congressman John K. Delaney

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Senator Michael B. Enzi

Senator Deb Fischer

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Congressman Rául Grijalva

Senator Orrin G. Hatch

Senator Angus S. King, Jr.

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Congressman John Lewis

Congressman David Loebsack

Congresswoman Cynthia M. Lummis

Congresswoman Doris Matsui

Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Congressman Jim McDermott

Congressman Richard M. Nolan

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Congressman Joseph R. Pitts

Senator Jack Reed

Senator Harry Reid

Senator Charles E. Schumer

Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter

Senator Roger F. Wicker

Congressman Don Young


Anniversary Sponsors

May Liang and James Lintott

Lead Sponsors

Sterling Foundation Management ● Mark Pigott KBE and Cindy Pigott

Prime Sponsors

Susan Sachs Goldman ● Carol and Gene Ludwig ● The Honorable John D. Macomber

Major Sponsors

Lee and Juliet Folger Fund ● William and Louisa Newlin ● Herman J. Obermayer ● Loren and Frances Rothschild ● Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul II


AARP ● Jarrett and Nora Arp ● Louis and Bonnie Cohen ● Neal and Florence Cohen ● Lisa Fuentes and Thomas M. Cohen ● KieranTimberlake ● Darcy and Andrew Nussbuam ● Gail Kern Paster ● Scott and Liz Vance


The Lord Browne of Madingley ● Susan and Dixon Butler ● Twiss and Patrick Butler ● Heather and Dick Cass ● Phil Deutch and Marne Levine ● Peter and Rose Edwards ● David and Margaret Gardner ● Wyatt R. and Susan N. Haskell ● Holland & Knight LLP ● Maxine Isaacs ● Richard H. Levy and Lorraine Gallard ● Ken Ludwig and Adrienne George ● Leander and Stephanie McCormick-Goodhart ● John and Connie McGuire ● Roger and Robin Millay ● The Mosaic Foundation (of R. and P. Heydon) ● Carl and Undine Nash ● Melanie and Larry Nussdorf ● Timothy and Linda O'Neill ● Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai ● Lola Reinsch ● Stuart and Mimi Rose ● Ayanna Thompson ● Tessa van der Willigen and Jonathan Walters ● Nyla and Gerry Witmore