Book that saved Shakespeare on display at K-State

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – The book that’s credited with saving William Shakespeare’s legacy will be on display for the entire month of February.

The First Folio is traveling the country to celebrate the 400 years since the bard’s death.

“It was put together posthumously by a couple of his actor friends,” Donald Hedrick said about the piece of literary history. “We’re happy that they saved them because 18 of the plays would be totally lost.”

Including some of his most famous work like Macbeth and The Twelfth Night.

The only stop this book will make in Kansas is at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on K-State’s campus. The last day the folio can be viewed is Feb. 28.

“It’s magical,” Hedrick, a K-State professor, said about having the folio on campus. “When students find that Shakespeare is fun and funny, this is when they it their own.”

Actors performing A MidSummer Night’s Dream at McCain Auditorium on Friday were also at the folio viewing. And one agrees with Hedrick.

“He was an actor himself so it’s a very practical tool. It’s not something that’s, like, purely academic,” Patrick Moy said.

Moy is part of a five person cast touring around the United States performing the play.



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