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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 »


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 »


Sense & Sensibility Costume Sketches

Sense & Sensibility costume designer Mariah Hale has previously designed productions of Julius Caesar, Mary Stuart, and more at the Folger. Visit these links to explore her design process for those performances, and check out her costume sketches for Sense & Sensibility below! The Ladies  Gentlemen   


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Costume Design

Costume Designer Devon Painter previously designed productions of Cyrano, Macbeth, and Measure for Measure at the Folger before turning her talents to A Midsummer Night’s Dream this season. You can see costume renderings from her past Folger productions on her website. From Devon – From the beginning, Director Aaron Posner was interested in focusing this Midsummer on the actors; my job was to… Continue Reading »


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Set Design

Set Designer Paige Hathaway previously designed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Folger, and returns this season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Learn more about her design for Shakespeare’s sylvan romance below. From Paige – My design process for the set of Midsummer started all the way back in May; I had a two minute conversation with our director… 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 »


The High Roman Fashion: Costume Design in Julius Caesar

Let’s do it after the high Roman fashion –Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, IV.xv In Julius Caesar, Costume Designer Mariah Hale handles the designs for soldiers and soothsayers, assassins and their prey. Mariah has worked in design and textiles for 25 years, doing costume design for various Off-Broadway and regional theaters. She was nominated for the… Continue Reading »


Sneak Peek of Jim Hunter’s Lighting Design for Julius Caesar

The exhalations whizzing in the air / Give so much light that I may read by them (Julius Caesar, II.i.46-47)  Today’s guest post comes from Jim Hunter, the lighting designer for Julius Caesar. Jim is a professor of theatrical design at the University of South Carolina as well as a professional designer. Jim and director Robert Richmond collaborated last year on… Continue Reading »


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