The Way of the World


A Comedy of Manners…With No Manners at All

Mae is a selfless, sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage—a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, both women become the object scandal—but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. In the lush and opulent land of the Hamptons, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Adapted from William Congreve’s play, The Way of the World is a hilarious and modern look at the absurdity and foibles of the upper-class. Written & directed by Theresa Rebeck (TV's "Smash" and Broadway’s Seminar, and Mauritius) and featuring Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen.

Presented by Folger Theatre

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$30 - $79

Discount Tickets Available Discounts available to students, seniors, educators, military, and groups; $30 rush tickets available 1-hour prior to each performance (subject to availability)

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Box Office Phone: 202-544-7077

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 01/09/2018 - 02/11/2018
Sunday 02:00pm07:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday 07:30pm--
Wednesday 07:30pm--
Thursday 07:30pm--
Friday 08:00pm--
Saturday 02:00pm08:00pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 01/09/2018 - 7:30pm Pay-What-You-Will
  • 01/12/2018 - 8:00pm College Night
  • 01/24/2018 - 6:30pm Pre-Show Talk
  • 01/26/2018 - 6:30pm Brews & Banter
  • 02/01/2018 - 7:30pm Post-Show Talk with Cast

Dark Days

  • 01/13/2018 - 2:00pm
  • 01/16/2018 - 7:03pm
  • 01/23/2018 - 7:03pm

Open Caption

  • 02/11/2018 - 2:00pm
Performer Role
Luigi Sottile Henry
Elan Zafir Reg
Eliza Huberth Mae
Erica Dorfler Katrina
Kristine Nielsen Rene
Daniel Morgan Shelley Lyle
Ashley Austin Morris Waitress
Brandon Espinoza Charles
Production Personnel
Theresa Rebeck
Theresa Rebeck
Costume Designer
Linda Cho
Set Designer
Alexander Dodge
Sound Designer
M.L. Dogg
Lighting Designer
Donald Holder
Adapted By
Theresa Rebeck
Adapted From
William Congreve
Scott Hammar, Production Stage Manager
Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg


Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Getting There

  • Capitol South (Blue/Orange Lines)
  • Union Station (Red Line)


  • Street parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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Cast Talks About The Way of the World