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Louis Butelli: Introducing Gravedigger’s Tale

Hello, dear readers of the Folger Production Diary! This is your friend Louis Butelli writing you once again. How’ve you been? The reason for this entry is to proudly announce a brand new collaboration between myself, director Robert Richmond, Folger Theatre, and Folger Shakespeare Library’s upcoming traveling exhibition, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us… Continue Reading »



Louis Butelli: Speaking Shakespeare and Schiller

Hi again from your friend Louis Butelli! Here at the Folger Theatre, our production of Mary Stuart is up and running, and you should definitely come and see it. Click here for more information. Translated and adapted by Peter Oswald, directed by Richard Clifford and starring Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford, Mary Stuart is… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: Mary Stuart Tech

Greetings from your friend Louis Butelli. Here at Folger Theatre, Schiller’s Mary Stuart opened last night! Peter Oswald’s electric new translation is directed by Richard Clifford, and stars Kate Eastwood Norris as Mary, Queen of Scots and Holly Twyford as Queen Elizabeth I. As I mentioned in my last post, we spent three weeks in… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: Mary Stuart Rehearsal

Hello once again from Louis Butelli! Here at Folger Theatre we just had a week of technical rehearsals (or “tech”) on Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart. Directed by Richard Clifford and starring Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford, the show is a tense exploration of greed, lust, intrigue, and revenge. Tickets are on sale: you can get… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: Mary Stuart and Monarchy

Hello once again from your pal Louis Butelli. Here at Folger Theatre, we are currently two weeks into our rehearsal period for Friedrich Schiller’s play Mary Stuart, which begins previews on January 27. We’re having great fun so far – with Peter Oswald’s excellent translation of the play, the fabulous Richard Clifford at the helm as… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: Mary Stuart Preview

Hello again from your pal Louis Butelli. On behalf of Folger Theatre, I wanted to thank you once again for reading these missives, and for coming along to see our recently-closed production of Julius Caesar. We had an absolute blast putting it all together and sharing it with you. Winter is now officially upon us… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: “This Parting Was Well Made”

Hello again from your pal Louis Butelli. Our run of Julius Caesar at Folger Theatre came to an end this past Sunday, and I wanted to write one last post to thank you for coming to see us, if you did, and to thank you for reading, if you are. In all, we played 49 performances,… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: “This Our Lofty Scene”

Hello again from your pal Louis Butelli, currently playing Cassius in Folger Theatre’s Julius Caesar. We’re in the home stretch: we must close on December 7. Come on down and see us!  One of the fascinating things about performing in a long run of a play by William Shakespeare is the way the play continues to… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: “Come, Cassius’ Sword”

By your leave, gods:—this is a Roman’s part Come, Cassius’ sword –Julius Caesar, V.ii.100  One of the great challenges of playing Cassius in Folger Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar is (spoiler alert!) committing suicide on-stage eight times a week. In terms of the knife work, it isn’t a technically complex move. Casey Kaleba, our production’s… Continue Reading »


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