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Gravedigger’s Tale On the Road in Florida

Actor Louis Butelli is traveling the world in Gravedigger’s Tale as part of the First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare tour. Read an update from his travels below! Hello again from your intrepid Gravedigger, Louis Butelli! Activities for Folger Shakespeare Library’s WONDER OF WILL continue on apace, including our recent appearance at Florida International University in… Continue Reading »


Midsummer Illustrated Quotes

Check out these beautifully illustrated quotes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream! You can find more images of quotes from Shakespeare’s plays on the Folger Pinterest page. A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Folger, now extended though March 13!


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 »


Midsummer Director’s Notes

Some gifts just keep on giving… A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a gift to me when I got to play Oberon (in a, perhaps, 45 minute version) costumed in the shredded greenlining of my mother’s old raincoat in the fourth grade at Ridge Road Elementary in North Haven, Connecticut. It was a gift when I… Continue Reading »


Midsummer Dramaturg’s Notes

There’s a fascination with dreams in Shakespeare, though Midsummer is the only play to announce one in its title. What’s odd is that aside from Hermia’s unnerving vision in the forest, no dreams are dreamt. Instead, we find characters confronting, exploring, and indulging imagination, testing conditions under which the imagined turns real. Key to Renaissance… Continue Reading »


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