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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 »


Ian Merrill Peakes: R&G Rehearsal

Hi there. My name is Ian Merrill Peakes and I’m playing “The Player” in this, the Folger’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. My job, over the next several weeks, is to give you a bit of an insider understanding of what we do, as actors, in our lives. I want to start with 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 »



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