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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 »


Sneak Peek of Jim Hunter’s Lighting Design for Julius Caesar

The exhalations whizzing in the air / Give so much light that I may read by them (Julius Caesar, II.i.46-47)  Today’s guest post comes from Jim Hunter, the lighting designer for Julius Caesar. Jim is a professor of theatrical design at the University of South Carolina as well as a professional designer. Jim and director Robert Richmond collaborated last year on… 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 »


Zachary Fine: On Staying in the Moment….

Already we are nearing the final few weeks of our run of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and I’m terrified of it coming to an end. Last week we had some of our best shows yet. The work keeps growing and the company continues to deepen our relationship to the story and to each other…. Continue Reading »


Zack Fine: Coming Together After Opening

Sheesh! It’s Monday and it’s our first day off since arriving in DC a week ago to start tech for “Two Gents” at the Folger Theatre. Last I wrote to you I was in the “muckity-muck” of rehearsal. That ‘muckity-muck” continued throughout our week of tech and previews, but finally found it’s breaking point with… Continue Reading »


Zack Fine: In the “Muckity-Muck” of Two Gents

Well, what is there to say but that we are in the thick of it all for The Two Gentlemen of Verona (beginning April 17)…there is a mess to making things and right about now I feel like I’m in the eye of the mess. So much so that it’s hard to see where the… Continue Reading »


Introducing: Zack Fine of “Two Gents”

Hello Folgerites and Folgerians! My name is Zack Fine and I will be your waiter…I mean your blogger. Thanks for clicking on me. I’m single and looking for a deep connection…oh wait, it’s not that type of blog. Or is it? Maybe. I’ve never really online-dated, but this might just be our chance to experience… Continue Reading »


Drew Cortese: My Favorite Richard III Line

When I’m not orchestrating the deaths of my friends and relatives on the Folger’s stage in our current production of Richard III, I teach at Avenues: The World School, in New York City. This past Monday, I returned to school to update my 8th graders on how the play’s been progressing, as they prepare to journey… Continue Reading »


Interview with Richard III director Robert Richmond

Richard III is now up and running here at the Folger Theatre, having its official opening this evening. As you may already know, this is the first production ever presented “in-the-round” here at the Folger, making this a very unique experience. We wanted to sit down and pose a few questions about the work behind-the-scenes… Continue Reading »