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Louis Butelli: “Come, Cassius’ Sword”

By your leave, gods:—this is a Roman’s part Come, Cassius’ sword –Julius Caesar, V.ii.100  One of the great challenges of playing Cassius in Folger Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar is (spoiler alert!) committing suicide on-stage eight times a week. In terms of the knife work, it isn’t a technically complex move. Casey Kaleba, our production’s… Continue Reading »

Louis Butelli: Folger Audio Recordings

Hello once again from your friend Louis Butelli, most recently Feste in Folger Theatre’s Twelfth Night. We closed our show on June 9 after a great run: thanks to everybody who came out to see us. I’m back at the Folger to participate in an exciting new project – immersive audio recordings of the full… Continue Reading »

Louis Butelli: Henry VIII in Alabama

Hello, readers of the Folger Theatre Production Diary! My name is Louis Butelli. I was a contributor here during Folger’s recent production of Othello, in which I played Roderigo. Last week, I was asked if I would put together a new posting for “y’all,” if you’ll forgive the colloquialism. Obviously, I agreed. There are several… 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 »

Recording Othello

Hi from your pal Louis Butelli, aka Roderigo in Folger Theatre’s production of Othello. We’re heading into our final weekend of performances: the show must close this Sunday, December 4th. So if you’ve been thinking about picking up tickets to see us, now is the time. A couple of weeks ago, the company learned that the… Continue Reading »

Questions, Answers, and “Yoda”

Well, hello there, dear blogfriends. It’s your pal Louis, Roderigo in Folger Theatre’s Othello, coming at you with another blog post. One of the things the Folger Theatre does in association with its productions is conduct post-show discussions with students and members of the audience. Yesterday, we performed a student matinee in the afternoon and… 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 »

More Music Video Than MTV

Well, hey there, blogfriends! It’s Louis, Roderigo in Folger Theatre’s Othello, coming at you once again. Please forgive me for going quiet on you for a few days. As you may have heard, Othello has officially opened! On October 24, we had a fantastic performance, followed by a reception in the Library’s Great Hall. If you… Continue Reading »

Spectator Sports

Hi, again! It’s your friend Louis here, blogging away like a champ! I just ran into the awesome Beth Emelson (Folger Theatre’s Assistant Artistic Producer) who mentioned to me that people actually seem to be reading this blog. I am simultaneously flattered and extremely self-conscious. I’ll probably just pretend she never said that to me, and… Continue Reading »

Ah, Relationships

One of the fundamental building blocks with which an actor works is an awareness of the relationships into which his character enters. For the actor playing Roderigo in any production of Othello, at a certain moment he must confront the fact that Roderigo does not and can not exist without Iago. They are twinned—a sort… Continue Reading »

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