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Posts Categorized: In-rehearsal

Very Superstitious: Sense and Sensibility’s Cast on Theater Rituals

With Halloween here, we asked the cast of Sense and Sensibility about superstitions and how they protect themselves against ill luck in the theater. Find out which tricks (and treats) they use to make sure the show goes on! Featuring: Laura Rocklyn, Michael Glenn, Connor Hogan, Lisa Birnbaum, Cate Brewer, and Sara Dabney Tisdale Surveying our… Continue Reading »


Meet the Cast of Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility starts rehearsals on Monday and performances on September 13. Come meet the Dashwoods, Steeles, Middletons and more! The Dashwood Sisters The Eligible Bachelors  Friends of the Dashwoods The Steele Sisters 


Ian Merrill Peakes: Working on Set

Actor Ian Merrill Peakes (“The Player”) continues sharing his thoughts on the Folger Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Learn more about Ian at the Folger and read his previous posts.  I have done (and it’s true, I counted) 110 shows in my career, and out of all of those in only… Continue Reading »


Ian Merrill Peakes: R&G Rehearsal

Hi there. My name is Ian Merrill Peakes and I’m playing “The Player” in this, the Folger’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. My job, over the next several weeks, is to give you a bit of an insider understanding of what we do, as actors, in our lives. I want to start with the… Continue Reading »


Introducing Ian Merrill Peakes as the Folger’s New Theater Blogger

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead rehearsals are crackling along at the Folger and we’re delighted to announce that Ian Merrill Peakes will be joining the blog during the run of the show! He is playing “The Player” in R&G and will be bringing you backstage updates as the show moves into its second week of rehearsal here at the… Continue Reading »


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead First Rehearsal

On Monday the cast and crew of the Folger Theatre’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead gathered onstage in the theater for the first read-through of the play. Joined by Folger staff and guests, director Aaron Posner and our talented team of designers explained their vision for the production. Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for… Continue Reading »


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 Rehearsal

Hello once again from Louis Butelli! Here at Folger Theatre we just had a week of technical rehearsals (or “tech”) on Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart. Directed by Richard Clifford and starring Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford, the show is a tense exploration of greed, lust, intrigue, and revenge. Tickets are on sale: you can get… 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 »


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 »