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The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606

Author James Shapiro’s new book The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 considers the period when the playwright wrote three of his greatest tragedies, King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. Dr. Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a member of the Folger Board of Governors. His previous micro-biography of… 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 »

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead First Rehearsal

On Monday the cast and crew of the Folger Theatre’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead gathered onstage in the theater for the first read-through of the play. Joined by Folger staff and guests, director Aaron Posner and our talented team of designers explained their vision for the production. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for… Continue Reading »

Louis Butelli: Speaking Shakespeare and Schiller

Hi again from your friend Louis Butelli! Here at the Folger Theatre, our production of Mary Stuart is up and running, and you should definitely come and see it. Click here for more information. Translated and adapted by Peter Oswald, directed by Richard Clifford and starring Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford, Mary Stuart is… Continue Reading »

Oswald and Armitage: Adapting Classics for the Modern Stage

Next Tuesday, February 3rd, British poet-playwrights Simon Armitage and Peter Oswald will be at the Folger to celebrate their work in an evening of readings entitled “Drama and Verse.” Both poets are distinguished for their command of language and the chilling beauty of their story-telling. A love of heightened language and verse unites them. Oswald’s… Continue Reading »

Louis Butelli: Mary Stuart Preview

Hello again from your pal Louis Butelli. On behalf of Folger Theatre, I wanted to thank you once again for reading these missives, and for coming along to see our recently-closed production of Julius Caesar. We had an absolute blast putting it all together and sharing it with you. Winter is now officially upon us… Continue Reading »

Louis Butelli: “This Parting Was Well Made”

Hello again from your pal Louis Butelli. Our run of Julius Caesar at Folger Theatre came to an end this past Sunday, and I wanted to write one last post to thank you for coming to see us, if you did, and to thank you for reading, if you are. In all, we played 49 performances,… Continue Reading »

#TBT Flashback: Folger’s Julius Caesar

There are just four more days to catch Julius Caesar at the Folger, as we are leaving Rome on December 7. You’ve already read Louis Butelli’s thoughts on returning to the Folger as Cassius after performing the part here in 2000, so we’ve done some digging in our archives to give you a peek on this Throwback Thursday to that… Continue Reading »

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 »

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