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Richard III: Learning Lines, In the Space & Tech Day!

We’re inching closer and closer to our first preview audience for Richard III here at Folger Theatre, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the energy the audience will inject into our intimate space will have a huge effect on the storytelling.  These are the types of opportunities that we simply can’t explore until… Continue Reading »

Meet Drew Cortese: Folger’s King Richard

Hello Folger audiences! My name is Drew Cortese and I’ll be playing Richard in Folger Theatre’s upcoming production of Richard III (which begins performances on January 28).  I’m thrilled to be making my Folger debut, and so very thankful to be returning to Washington, D.C. – a city that has such a robust theatre community… Continue Reading »

A Farewell To The Folger!

Blog Last: If you missed Romeo & Juliet at the Folger, you missed a good one. Here are my final blog thoughts in random order. This is the first cast of this size that I can remember where everyone has a job already lined up in the future. EVERYONE! Which is some kind of mathematical… Continue Reading »

Your Backstage Pass!

Dykstra Blog: Your Backstage Pass  Hey. Dykstra here. Once again. I thought ya’ll might enjoy a tour through the mind of the actor (a semi-dangerous proposition) during performance. So, this is not as much a “backstage” pass as a window into dressing room behavior. I mean AFTER the dressing part has been completed. Cheese &… Continue Reading »

Understanding Understudying (or The Show Must Go On)

Dykstra Blog: Understanding Understudying or The Show Must Go On! Her Name? Stephanie LaVardera. Her Role? Understudying Juliet. Her Job? Saving The Day. Job Complete! Look, there’s lots of times you’ve heard “The Show Must Go On!” Mostly, it’s a producer thing. If the show doesn’t go on, everybody who bought tickets, gets a refund…. Continue Reading »

Getting Technucal

Note: This blog post by Brian Dykstra was written during tech rehearsals in early October. Romeo and Juliet began performances on October 15 and is now running through December 1. “Ladies and Gentlemen: It is now one o’clock. We would like you all in costume and we would like to start ‘soon’ with scene 32…. Continue Reading »

A Day In Rehearsal – An Actor’s Diary

So, I thought maybe y’all might be interested in what actors do on a typical rehearsal day. Here’s a day in the life: Rehearsal is called at 10am. Which is rare. Nothing starts in the theatre before 10am. Nothing. Ever. We’re kind of vampires, us theatre folk…used to playing evening shows and socializing (read drinking)… Continue Reading »

Fighting Amongst Ourselves

So, we got these swords. And we keep striking at each other with them. This is one of the things that happens when you decide to be an actor. People keep putting weapons in your hands and other people keep coming after you with similar weapons. This is one of the things that happens in… Continue Reading »

Everything is a Thing (First Rehearsal)

O, I find myself in gathering mess. There’s enough on my plate, but more I get How I’m the “blogger” is anyone’s guess While also playing dad to Juliet First day is filled with possibilities As actors meet and greet and take a seat At the table. Responsibilities Clarified. Lovers eyed. Buffets to eat. There’s… Continue Reading »