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It’s the Little Things: Lace Details in Sense & Sensibility

In this post, designer Mariah Hale explains where she found the lace for the beautiful costumes in Sense & Sensibility. Some of the details on the dresses are so small they are almost invisible from the audience, so we’re giving you a close-up look! Check out Mariah’s post about neckties for a detailed look at the men’s costumes, and read on to find out… Continue Reading »


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 »


Ian Merrill Peakes: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Actor Ian Merrill Peakes (The Player) shares his final thoughts about the Folger Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Learn more about Ian at the Folger and read his previous posts.  We close Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead this Sunday. It has been a tremendous experience. The show is a hit, reviews have been fabulous, the cast… Continue Reading »


Dramaturg’s Notes: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Michele Osherow is the Folger Theatre’s Resident Dramaturg and has worked on over twenty productions here. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her notes on the Folger’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead are below. Enjoy! Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (RosGuil) was written on a… Continue Reading »


Ian Merrill Peakes: Keeping It Real Over the Long Haul

Actor Ian Merrill Peakes (The Player) shares his thoughts on the Folger Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Learn more about Ian at the Folger and read his previous posts.  So in this business, we perform the same show eight times a week for several weeks. In this case seven weeks. Doing a little… Continue Reading »


Ian Merrill Peakes: R&G Previews and Opening

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is officially open! Did that last Monday, to a full house of totally engaged and laughing patrons. Opening nights are a funny thing. It used to be that I hoped for opening night to be the best show ever. Younger and foolish(er) that I was. But now, I realize the show will… Continue Reading »


Ian Merrill Peakes: R&G Tech

Actor Ian Merrill Peakes (“The Player”) continues sharing his thoughts on the Folger Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead opening tonight!  Learn more about Ian at the Folger and read his previous posts.  So tech. Tech. Such a wonderful adventure. You spend three or four weeks trying to figure out a show and then you put it… Continue Reading »


Ian Merrill Peakes: Design Runs

Actor Ian Merrill Peakes (“The Player”) continues sharing his thoughts on the Folger Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead now in previews.  Learn more about Ian at the Folger and read his previous posts.  Hear me loud and clear: I love my job all the time. However…we have a few necessary evils in this loony business… Continue Reading »


Ian Merrill Peakes: Working on Set

Actor Ian Merrill Peakes (“The Player”) continues sharing his thoughts on the Folger Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Learn more about Ian at the Folger and read his previous posts.  I have done (and it’s true, I counted) 110 shows in my career, and out of all of those in only… Continue Reading »


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