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Posts By: Emma Poltrack

Wassail All Over the Town: Music in The Second Shepherds’ Play

We visited The Second Shepherds’ Play while they were rehearsing ‘Somerset Wassail,’ but that is only one of the beautiful, festive songs which appears in this production. Today, we hear from Folger Consort Co-Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein, and give you an advance listen to some of the tunes you will hear when The Second Shepherds’ Play takes the… Continue Reading »

The Second Shepherds’ Play Director’s Notes

But what exactly IS The Second Shepherds’ Play? Continuing with our countdown to the first performance on November 27th, here are some thoughts on the play from adaptor/director Mary Hall Surface, including why she chose to this story to adapt and what makes this medieval mystery play so intriguing to modern audiences. From Adaptor/Director Mary Hall Surface: Thumbing through a… Continue Reading »

In Rehearsal with The Second Shepherds’ Play

Yesterday, we introduced you to the talented ladies and gentlemen who are working hard to bring The Second Shepherds’ Play to life. Today, we take you inside the rehearsal room for a quick peak at what actually happens when our cast comes together to rehearse. The first thing to know about the rehearsal process is that… Continue Reading »

A Sheepish Co-Star: Puppets in The Second Shepherds’ Play

Folger Consort’s production of The Second Shepherds’ Play begins performances November 27th. Appearing alongside the talented actors, singers, and musicians on the Folger stage are a number of puppets that help bring this farcical medieval comedy to life. Folger Spotlight chatted with puppet designer Aaron Cromie to find out what goes into making these delightful additions, and… Continue Reading »

Did You Know? Will and Jane Closes This Weekend!

The exhibition Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity comes to a close on Sunday. Here are five highlights you won’t want to miss before they leave! “THE SHIRT” Perhaps no item in the exhibition has received more attention than Colin Firth’s shirt from the BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini-series. News… Continue Reading »

Very Superstitious: Sense and Sensibility’s Cast on Theater Rituals

With Halloween here, we asked the cast of Sense and Sensibility about superstitions and how they protect themselves against ill luck in the theater. Find out which tricks (and treats) they use to make sure the show goes on! Featuring: Laura Rocklyn, Michael Glenn, Connor Hogan, Lisa Birnbaum, Cate Brewer, and Sara Dabney Tisdale Surveying our… Continue Reading »

Dancing the Night Away at Folger Theatre

“One cannot have too large a party.” – Jane Austen, Emma Folger Theatre took Miss. Austen’s advice to heart on Friday, October 21, with its first Ladies’ Night pre-show event. Patrons enjoyed numerous activities on offer, including a coloring station with scenes from Austen’s novels, a magnetic poetry mash-up that combined the word craft of Jane Austen… Continue Reading »

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