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Catch-up on a year with Folger Spotlight

The New Year is fast approaching! Before we welcome 2017, let’s take a moment to look back at what 2016 looked like at the Folger Theatre. From mischievous sprites to lost manuscripts, Austen dance parties to sheep-stealing hijinks, and everything in between, it’s been quite a year! A Midsummer Night’s Dream We began the year… Continue Reading »


Feasting on (Second) Shepherd’s Pie

Tending to the flock, stealing sheep, walking to Bethlehem, playing the music that underscores it all…the company of The Second Shepherds’ Play does this and more, night after night. It’s no wonder, then, that such a hectic schedule helps them work up quite an appetite! Luckily, musician Daniel Meyers has it covered. To celebrate the opening… Continue Reading »


A Few of Our Favorite Things

There’s lights on the bushes, garlands festooning the balcony, and poinsettias in the lobby—it’s Christmas at the Folger Theatre for certain! Complimenting the festive spirit, The Second Shepherds’ Play continues performances, charming holiday audiences with its humor and heart in a story about three shepherds and their misadventures on the eve of the Nativity. With all of… Continue Reading »


Meet the Cast of The Second Shepherds’ Play

This week, Folger Spotlight will be giving you glimpses into preparations forThe Second Shepherds’ Play, which begins performances this Sunday, November 27. Folger Spotlight already gave you a sneak peak at the puppet stars of the show. Now, say hello to the humans who will be bringing this charming yuletide story to life! The Shepherds We begin with the… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Director’s Notes

From Sense & Sensibility Director Eric Tucker:  Jane Austen would love Facebook. She would spend endless hours tweeting her friends all about Edward Ferrars’ newest waistcoat. She’d Instagram and Snapchat her way through London society. She’d thoroughly enjoy watching Mr. Darcy on The Bachelor with a bevy of eligible, young creatures swarming and swooning around… Continue Reading »


Interview with Sense & Sensibility Playwright Kate Hamill

Sense & Sensibility adapter Kate Hamill is an NYC-based actor and writer who originated the role of Marianne Dashwood in the Bedlam production of Sense & Sensibility. She spoke with Folger Theatre on opening day of our production. This interview has been edited and condensed. FT: Why did you decide to adapt Sense & Sensibility? KH: When you are an actress in… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Production Photos

Enjoy photos from the Folger Theatre production of Sense & Sensibility, now on stage through October 30, 2016. Adapted by Kate Hamill from the novel by Jane Austen and directed by Eric Tucker.


The Many Neckties of Sense & Sensibility

In this post, designer Mariah Hale takes us a deep dive into the Regency neckware featured in Sense & Sensibility. Check out her costume sketches for more backstage insights, and read on to learn how Mariah uses different styles of neckties to help define the colorful characters of Sense – particularly when one actor is playing multiple roles! From Mariah:  The internet abounds with good… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Set Designer John McDermott – Part 2

Sense & Sensibility set designer John McDermott designed Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility in New York and has designed over 100 productions in theaters around the country. Check out the first part of his reflections on the Folger’s Sense & Sensibility and read on to learn about about why designing this production made him feel like “a glittery vagabond”! FT: Where did you find the all the pieces you… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Set Designer John McDermott

Sense & Sensibility is set designer John McDermott’s first Folger production. He designed Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility in New York and has designed over 100 productions in theaters around the country. You can learn more about John’s work and see photos of his previous designs on his website. Read on for his reflections on the Folger, “period-ish” design, and the world of Jane Austen…. Continue Reading »


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