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“A Strange Perfection”: Staging Bedlam in our Restoration Macbeth

Dramaturgical intern Sarah Lind previously introduced us to the historical Bedlam asylum, the setting for Folger’s current production of Macbeth. Today, she looks more closely at how the production uses Bedlam to explore this Restoration version of Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy, and what things audience members should look out for when they come to the production.



Bedlam and the “Theatre of Madness”

Dramaturgical intern Sarah Lind takes us on a tour of Bedlam’s history in anticipation of Macbeth’s first preview on September 4th.


The Season Ahead

With rehearsals for Macbeth already underway, the Spotlight reached out to people in Public Programs division to find out what they were most looking forward to in the coming year.


How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

Folger Public Programs has been preparing for an upcoming season of theater, poetry, and music. Public Programs Intern Madelyn Dundon catches us up on what has been happening over the summer ahead of performances of Macbeth.


Director’s Notes: Saint Joan

Director Eric Tucker has been called “the best classical director in America” by The Wall Street Journal.  Read what he has to say about this production of Saint Joan, which is on at Folger Theatre through June 10.


Meet the Cast: Saint Joan

Meet the four actors performing all twenty-seven roles in George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan,’ on the Folger stage beginning May 12.


Katie deBuys and her grandmother’s Winter’s Tale

Actress Katie deBuys (Hermione) keeps a very special copy of this play in her dressing room—the one her grandmother used in college. She spoke to us about this cherished volume and what Shakespeare meant to her grandmother.



Setting the Scene for ‘The Way of the World’

We spoke to scenic designer Alexander Dodge to find out what it was like turning our Elizabethan theater into a chic Hamptons setting for Theresa Rebeck’s The Way of the World.


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