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Posts By: Katharine Pitt

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606

Author James Shapiro’s new book The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 considers the period when the playwright wrote three of his greatest tragedies, King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. Dr. Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a member of the Folger Board of Governors. His previous micro-biography of… Continue Reading »

texts&beheadings/ElizabethR: Elizabeth on Stage

Queen Elizabeth has a long history of appearing on stage at the Folger. She was recently played by Holly Twyford in last season’s Mary Stuart, by Michael Learned in 2003’s Elizabeth the Queen, and by an un-credited baby doll in the last moments of Henry VIII in 2010. Shakespeare gives the infant queen an epic entrance in that… Continue Reading »

Introducing texts&beheadings:ElizabethR

The 2015/16 season at Folger Theatre kicks off with a special engagement of texts&beheadings/ElizabethR, which heads into rehearsal next week and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to host the world premiere of this new American play (we have more than one this season!) and to use this site to tell you more about the play, its Queen, and their… Continue Reading »

Gravedigger’s Tale

Gravedigger’s Tale is a new interactive one-man play based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play, developed by director Robert Richmond (Folger Theatre’s Julius Caesar, Richard III, Henry V and more), features the Gravedigger, who appears to have much more knowledge about court life in Elsinore than originally thought. He arrives with a trunk and a book and responds to questions from… Continue Reading »

Introducing Ian Merrill Peakes as the Folger’s New Theater Blogger

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead rehearsals are crackling along at the Folger and we’re delighted to announce that Ian Merrill Peakes will be joining the blog during the run of the show! He is playing “The Player” in R&G and will be bringing you backstage updates as the show moves into its second week of rehearsal here at the… Continue Reading »

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead First Rehearsal

On Monday the cast and crew of the Folger Theatre’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead gathered onstage in the theater for the first read-through of the play. Joined by Folger staff and guests, director Aaron Posner and our talented team of designers explained their vision for the production. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for… Continue Reading »

Oswald and Armitage: Adapting Classics for the Modern Stage

Next Tuesday, February 3rd, British poet-playwrights Simon Armitage and Peter Oswald will be at the Folger to celebrate their work in an evening of readings entitled “Drama and Verse.” Both poets are distinguished for their command of language and the chilling beauty of their story-telling. A love of heightened language and verse unites them. Oswald’s… Continue Reading »

Mary Stuart Costume Design: Fit For a Queen (or two)

In Mary Stuart, Costume Designer Mariah Hale has the task of clothing Queens, Lords, Earls, Secretaries, Ambassadors, Nurses, Sheriffs, and all the other inhabitants of Queen Elizabeth I’s court – English and French, traitors and loyal subjects together. Mariah has worked in design and textiles for 25 years, doing costume design for various Off-Broadway and regional theaters…. Continue Reading »

#TBT Flashback: Folger’s Julius Caesar

There are just four more days to catch Julius Caesar at the Folger, as we are leaving Rome on December 7. You’ve already read Louis Butelli’s thoughts on returning to the Folger as Cassius after performing the part here in 2000, so we’ve done some digging in our archives to give you a peek on this Throwback Thursday to that… Continue Reading »

Interview with Stephan Wolfert of Cry “Havoc!” at the Folger

On Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00pm, the Folger Theatre will present Cry “Havoc!”, a one-man play about Shakespeare’s veterans by actor, writer, director, and U.S. Army veteran Stephan Wolfert and directed by Navy veteran Eric Tucker. Cry “Havoc”! Tuesday, November 4, 7:00pm Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE Tickets: $20/$15 Folger Members/$10 Military Following the performance, there… Continue Reading »

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