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.
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Find out what drew one of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women in the World to Congreve’s Restoration classic.
But what exactly IS The Second Shepherds’ Play? Continuing with our countdown to the first performance on November 27th, here are some thoughts on the play from adaptor/director Mary Hall Surface, including why she chose to this story to adapt and what makes this medieval mystery play so intriguing to modern audiences. From Adaptor/Director Mary Hall Surface: Thumbing through a… Continue Reading »
From Sense & Sensibility Director Eric Tucker: Jane Austen would love Facebook. She would spend endless hours tweeting her friends all about Edward Ferrars’ newest waistcoat. She’d Instagram and Snapchat her way through London society. She’d thoroughly enjoy watching Mr. Darcy on The Bachelor with a bevy of eligible, young creatures swarming and swooning around… Continue Reading »
Some gifts just keep on giving… A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a gift to me when I got to play Oberon (in a, perhaps, 45 minute version) costumed in the shredded greenlining of my mother’s old raincoat in the fourth grade at Ridge Road Elementary in North Haven, Connecticut. It was a gift when I… Continue Reading »
Pericles was wildly popular during Shakespeare’s lifetime and in the decades following; indeed, it was among his most popular works. It was the play that reopened the London Globe Theatre in 1631 after it was shuttered because of the Plague. And it was the first Shakespeare play performed when the theatres reopened at the beginning… Continue Reading »
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 »
Hello again from Louis Butelli, currently rehearsing to play Bardolph (and others) in Henry V at Folger Theatre. Performances begin January 22, 2013, and you should most definitely click to buy your tickets now. I have previously written the Folger Production Diary for last season’s Othello (click here and here for free samples) and for… Continue Reading »
Hello again from Louis Butelli, your peripatetic pre-blogger, soon to be appearing at the Folger Theatre in Henry V and Twelfth Night. I write to you now from historic Columbia, South Carolina, where I have come to visit my friend and collaborator, director Robert Richmond. Robert is on faculty at University of South Carolina’s Department… Continue Reading »
The Taming of the Shrew is a great story. And while it is funny, surprising, playful, and political, too, a great deal of it swirls around issues of gender roles, identity, money, and power. Last year, while I was thinking about this play, I also happened to be watching the DVDs of the HBO series… Continue Reading »