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Louis Butelli: Mary Stuart Tech

Greetings from your friend Louis Butelli. Here at Folger Theatre, Schiller’s Mary Stuart opened last night! Peter Oswald’s electric new translation is directed by Richard Clifford, and stars Kate Eastwood Norris as Mary, Queen of Scots and Holly Twyford as Queen Elizabeth I. As I mentioned in my last post, we spent three weeks in… Continue Reading »


Louis Butelli: Mary Stuart and Monarchy

Hello once again from your pal Louis Butelli. Here at Folger Theatre, we are currently two weeks into our rehearsal period for Friedrich Schiller’s play Mary Stuart, which begins previews on January 27. We’re having great fun so far – with Peter Oswald’s excellent translation of the play, the fabulous Richard Clifford at the helm as… Continue Reading »


Mary Stuart Costume Design: Fit For a Queen (or two)

In Mary Stuart, Costume Designer Mariah Hale has the task of clothing Queens, Lords, Earls, Secretaries, Ambassadors, Nurses, Sheriffs, and all the other inhabitants of Queen Elizabeth I’s court – English and French, traitors and loyal subjects together. Mariah has worked in design and textiles for 25 years, doing costume design for various Off-Broadway and regional theaters…. 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 »


Louis Butelli: “This Our Lofty Scene”

Hello again from your pal Louis Butelli, currently playing Cassius in Folger Theatre’s Julius Caesar. We’re in the home stretch: we must close on December 7. Come on down and see us!  One of the fascinating things about performing in a long run of a play by William Shakespeare is the way the play continues to… 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 »


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 »


The High Roman Fashion: Costume Design in Julius Caesar

Let’s do it after the high Roman fashion –Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, IV.xv In Julius Caesar, Costume Designer Mariah Hale handles the designs for soldiers and soothsayers, assassins and their prey. Mariah has worked in design and textiles for 25 years, doing costume design for various Off-Broadway and regional theaters. She was nominated for the… 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 »