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texts&beheadings/ElizabethR: Elizabeth on Stage

Queen Elizabeth has a long history of appearing on stage at the Folger. She was recently played by Holly Twyford in last season’s Mary Stuart, by Michael Learned in 2003’s Elizabeth the Queen, and by an un-credited baby doll in the last moments of Henry VIII in 2010. Shakespeare gives the infant queen an epic entrance in that… Continue Reading »


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 »


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 »


Gravedigger’s Tale

Gravedigger’s Tale is going on tour! Learn more and reserve for your organization today!   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… 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 »


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