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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 »

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 »

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 »

#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 »

Louis Butelli: Lights, Camera, Action!

Hello once again from your pal Louis Butelli! We have completed our first full week of rehearsals for Robert Richmond’s production of Twelfth Night, beginning April 30 at the Folger Theatre. We’ve got a really spectacular ensemble of actors working on this beautiful play, and we’re having lots of fun getting to know each other,… Continue Reading »

Louis Butelli: Some Prompting!

Hello once again from your pal Louis Butelli. This Tuesday, April 2nd, we will commence rehearsals for Robert Richmond’s production of Twelfth Night, beginning April 30th at the Folger Theatre – get your tickets here!! I’m going to be playing the role of Feste, the play’s resident sad clown and wandering minstrel. To prepare, I’ve… Continue Reading »

Louis Butelli: Finding A Former Feste

Hello again from your pal Louis Butelli, soon to be rehearsing to play Feste in Robert Richmond’s production of Twelfth Night, beginning April 30th at the Folger Theatre. Tickets are on sale here. As I mentioned last time (click here), I’m in the process of using the Folger Library’s world-class collection of materials related to… Continue Reading »

Louis Butelli: Literary Spelunking

Hello again from your pal Louis Butelli! Last week, we closed Folger Theatre’s Henry V. It was a great run: some stellar crowds, some excellent press, and some (hopefully) entertaining blog posts both from me and from the fabulous Katie DeBuys. If you came by to see us, you’ll also remember Richard Sheridan Willis as… Continue Reading »

Vault Tour II and Closing Night

Hello again from your blogfriend Louis Butelli, lately of Folger Theatre’s Othello. I am very, very pleased to report the following couple of things! 1. We had an incredible closing night this past Sunday. We were sold to the rafters with standing-room-only audience members in the back of the theater, and we had a very moving… Continue Reading »

A Tour of the Vault!

“When I was young and first read ‘OTHELLO,’ I thought the character of RODERIGO of little importance; it seemed introduced merely to fill up those vacancies of action which might otherwise have remained unemployed.” Hey, blogfriends! It’s your pal Louis, aka Roderigo in Othello, now on stage at Folger Theatre. No, the above is not… Continue Reading »