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Meet Drew Cortese: Folger’s King Richard

Hello Folger audiences! My name is Drew Cortese and I’ll be playing Richard in Folger Theatre’s upcoming production of Richard III (which begins performances on January 28).  I’m thrilled to be making my Folger debut, and so very thankful to be returning to Washington, D.C. – a city that has such a robust theatre community… Continue Reading »


Getting Technucal

Note: This blog post by Brian Dykstra was written during tech rehearsals in early October. Romeo and Juliet began performances on October 15 and is now running through December 1. “Ladies and Gentlemen: It is now one o’clock. We would like you all in costume and we would like to start ‘soon’ with scene 32…. Continue Reading »


A Day In Rehearsal – An Actor’s Diary

So, I thought maybe y’all might be interested in what actors do on a typical rehearsal day. Here’s a day in the life: Rehearsal is called at 10am. Which is rare. Nothing starts in the theatre before 10am. Nothing. Ever. We’re kind of vampires, us theatre folk…used to playing evening shows and socializing (read drinking)… Continue Reading »


Fighting Amongst Ourselves

So, we got these swords. And we keep striking at each other with them. This is one of the things that happens when you decide to be an actor. People keep putting weapons in your hands and other people keep coming after you with similar weapons. This is one of the things that happens in… Continue Reading »



Katie deBuys: On Speaking French

Working at the Folger has been (and this is totally not hyperbole) one of the great pleasures of my life. Henry V is my third outing on this Elizabethan stage, and each of the shows I’ve done has challenged me and taught me some pretty cool new skills. There was The Gaming Table, my first-ever… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: Henry V Officially Opens!

Hello again from Louis Butelli, currently playing Bardolph (and others) in Folger Theatre’s Henry V, which began preview performances last week. We open officially today – on Monday, January 28th – and there is no time like the present to purchase your tickets! Previews are a very special time in the life of any show, and it… Continue Reading »


Katie deBuys’ Henry V Diary: Go We, and Enter Harfleur

Actor Katie deBuys continues her production diary blog posts on our upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Henry V – scheduled to begin performances here at the Folger Theatre on January 22. Here is Katie’s second entry, as she shares some of her thoughts between short breaks while in the midst of tech week… This dispatch comes to you from my dressing room… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: We Band Of Brothers (And Sisters!)

Hello again from Louis Butelli, currently rehearsing to play Bardolph (and others) in Henry V at Folger Theatre. Performances begin January 22, 2013, and you should most definitely click to buy your tickets now. I have previously written the Folger Production Diary for last season’s Othello (click here and here for free samples) and for… Continue Reading »


Katie deBuys’ Henry V Production Diary: Week One

The Folger Theatre is thrilled to be adding a new voice to our Production Diary — Katie deBuys will be writing a series of blog posts throughout the rehearsal process of our upcoming production of Shakespeare’s epic story, Henry V. Katie was last seen on the Folger stage just a few months ago in The… Continue Reading »


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