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Louis Butelli: Julius Caesar, Memory, and John Green

Hi again from your pal Louis Butelli. Here at Folger Theatre, we are coming to the end of our rehearsal period for Robert Richmond’s production of Julius Caesar, and are preparing to enter technical rehearsals, lovingly known to theater practitioners as “tech.” I’ll say more about that at a later date. Meanwhile, our first preview… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: Julius Caesar Rehearsal Video Clip

Hello! It’s your friend Louis Butelli here. I’ll be playing Cassius in Robert Richmond’s upcoming production of Julius Caesar at Folger Theatre. We begin previews on October 28th, and tickets are on sale…get yours by clicking here. We are currently in week 2 of rehearsals, and we couldn’t possibly be having more fun putting it… Continue Reading »



Louis Butelli on Cassius’ Philosophy (Part I of II)

Stranger, here you will do well to tarry; here our highest good is pleasure                                                 –Inscription over the gate to Epicurus’s Garden Hello again from your friend Louis Butelli. Last time I… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli on Returning to the Folger as Cassius

For ever, and for ever farewell, Brutus! / If we do meet again, we’ll smile indeed –Cassius, V.i Hello again from your friend Louis Butelli. I’ll be returning to the Folger Theatre this fall to play Cassius in Robert Richmond’s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Tickets are now on sale: click here to get yours. In the play,… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: Ferguson, ISIS, and Caesar

Hello again! Your pal Louis Butelli here with the second in a series of blog posts in advance of Folger Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Recently, I wrote about a recent debate on Twitter concerning whether or not the plays of William Shakespeare are “relatable,” and whether or not it matters (read the… Continue Reading »


Ira Glass: “Shakespeare S*cks???”

Hello once again from your friend Louis Butelli. The folks here at the Folger Production Diary have asked me to contribute some late summer entries before rehearsals begin for the Folger’s upcoming production of Julius Caesar: click here for more information on the production. In the meantime…. As a long-time Shakespeare practitioner – nearly 18 years,… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: 4 Plays, 20 Days

Hello once again from your friend Louis Butelli. As you may or may not know, here at Folger Theatre, we’re undertaking another big new experiment in performance and study of the works of William Shakespeare. For three weeks this summer, a team of actors, producers, and engineers gathered at Omega Studios in Rockville, Maryland to… 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: Playing Fools

Hello once again from your friend Louis Butelli, currently playing Feste in Twelfth Night at the Folger Theatre. Our show must close this Sunday, on June 9th – grab your tickets now by clicking here. We’re having such a blast playing this show. The critics have been absolutely raving, the audiences have been delightful, and… Continue Reading »