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Posts By: Emma Poltrack

Meet the Cast: Timon of Athens

Having spent the winter in the forest of Arden, Folger Theatre heads into spring by traveling to Greece for Timon of Athens. Meet the talented cast who will bring this fascinating play about generosity and societal bonds to life. Timon of Athens Ian Merrill Peakes is no stranger to the Folger stage, having played some of… Continue Reading »



As You Like It’s First Rehearsal

Our talented As You Like It cast has been hard at work in the rehearsal room, creating the world of Arden. Here’s a sneak peak at their first rehearsal, which took place on December 27, 2016. While this post will closely examine As You Like It‘s first full day of rehearsal, the process actually begins… Continue Reading »


Meet the Cast of As You Like It

It’s a new year, and Folger Spotlight is already looking toward the next production when we head off to the Forest of Arden in As You Like It. Let’s take a moment to meet the new friends and reunite with the familiar faces that will be bringing Shakespeare’s seductive comedy to life. The Court We begin with the friendship… Continue Reading »


Sing a Song of Christmas: Folger Consort Community Sing

Visitors to the Folger have long been used to seeing actors and musicians on stage demonstrating their talents through words, song, and movement. What’s less usual is an opportunity to learn how these artists prepare to go on, and rarer still is the chance to join in the theatrical magic, and that is exactly what was offered… Continue Reading »


Wassail All Over the Town: Music in The Second Shepherds’ Play

We visited The Second Shepherds’ Play while they were rehearsing ‘Somerset Wassail,’ but that is only one of the beautiful, festive songs which appears in this production. Today, we hear from Folger Consort Co-Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein, and give you an advance listen to some of the tunes you will hear when The Second Shepherds’ Play takes the… Continue Reading »


The Second Shepherds’ Play Director’s Notes

But what exactly IS The Second Shepherds’ Play? Continuing with our countdown to the first performance on November 27th, here are some thoughts on the play from adaptor/director Mary Hall Surface, including why she chose to this story to adapt and what makes this medieval mystery play so intriguing to modern audiences. From Adaptor/Director Mary Hall Surface: Thumbing through a… Continue Reading »


In Rehearsal with The Second Shepherds’ Play

Yesterday, we introduced you to the talented ladies and gentlemen who are working hard to bring The Second Shepherds’ Play to life. Today, we take you inside the rehearsal room for a quick peak at what actually happens when our cast comes together to rehearse. The first thing to know about the rehearsal process is that… Continue Reading »


A Sheepish Co-Star: Puppets in The Second Shepherds’ Play

Folger Consort’s production of The Second Shepherds’ Play begins performances November 27th. Appearing alongside the talented actors, singers, and musicians on the Folger stage are a number of puppets that help bring this farcical medieval comedy to life. Folger Spotlight chatted with puppet designer Aaron Cromie to find out what goes into making these delightful additions, and… Continue Reading »


Did You Know? Will and Jane Closes This Weekend!

The exhibition Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity comes to a close on Sunday. Here are five highlights you won’t want to miss before they leave! “THE SHIRT” Perhaps no item in the exhibition has received more attention than Colin Firth’s shirt from the BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini-series. News… Continue Reading »


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