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Sneak Peek of Jim Hunter’s Lighting Design for Julius Caesar

The exhalations whizzing in the air / Give so much light that I may read by them (Julius Caesar, II.i.46-47)  Today’s guest post comes from Jim Hunter, the lighting designer for Julius Caesar. Jim is a professor of theatrical design at the University of South Carolina as well as a professional designer. Jim and director Robert Richmond collaborated last year on… Continue Reading »

Folger Talks Preview: Kathryn Will and Shakespeare’s Coat of Arms

Dear Folger Diary Readers, Minions of the Moon, Fellows in Arms, and Excellent Good Friends, With the 2013-2014 Folger Season at an end and the 2014-2015 Season not yet begun, a young girl’s thoughts turn lightly to thoughts of, you guessed it, free summer lectures at the Folger! In the interests of making a July day… Continue Reading »

Long Runs, Mixing it Up, & Joltin’ Joe

A play is a living, breathing organism. It grows, changes, adapts. The story becomes richer as our time inhabiting these imagined lives increases and our understanding of the created world deepens. Show after show, the challenge is to keep making those discoveries that keep things fresh and immediate, while always maintaining the integrity of the piece. A month… Continue Reading »

Drew Cortese: My Favorite Richard III Line

When I’m not orchestrating the deaths of my friends and relatives on the Folger’s stage in our current production of Richard III, I teach at Avenues: The World School, in New York City. This past Monday, I returned to school to update my 8th graders on how the play’s been progressing, as they prepare to journey… Continue Reading »

Interview with Folger’s Resident Dramaturg, Michele Osherow

In case you haven’t heard the exciting news…Richard III has been extended and will now run through March 16 at the Folger Theatre. Audiences and critics have been raving about the show – and there are now great seats available for that additional week. Last week, we posted an insightful interview with director Robert Richmond, discussing all… Continue Reading »

Interview with Richard III director Robert Richmond

Richard III is now up and running here at the Folger Theatre, having its official opening this evening. As you may already know, this is the first production ever presented “in-the-round” here at the Folger, making this a very unique experience. We wanted to sit down and pose a few questions about the work behind-the-scenes… Continue Reading »

Richard III: Learning Lines, In the Space & Tech Day!

We’re inching closer and closer to our first preview audience for Richard III here at Folger Theatre, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the energy the audience will inject into our intimate space will have a huge effect on the storytelling.  These are the types of opportunities that we simply can’t explore until… Continue Reading »

An Eye for an Eye, an Edward for an Edward

There are lots of characters in Richard III. Most of them are related to each other and figuring out exactly how is a task best accomplished with a large bottle of aspirin. To help out future historians and to celebrate his coronation, Edward IV (King of England at the opening of Richard III) commissioned a complete genealogy of… Continue Reading »

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 »

Words, Familiar in Their Mouths

One of the wonderful rewards of listening to lots of Shakespeare is the moment when you begin to recognize passages or themes that re-occur. It is the feeling of finally being able to recognize a painter from the strokes of their brush or a composer from the first few notes of an overture. As children… Continue Reading »

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