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Inquiring young minds…

This entry is in response to a question, submitted by a student from JP McCaskey High School in Lancaster, PA. This student asks, “What led you to become an actor, and where do you envision your career going?” This seemingly simple question has a complex, multifaceted answer, but I will try to respond as simply… Continue Reading »


My Shrews

The Taming of the Shrew was my first Shakespeare as an actor. I played Gremio during my junior year in high school in Libertyville, Illinois. My brother Tim played the tailor. I’m pretty sure Tommy Morello played Curtis. I wore gray shoe polish in my hair and did full-on heavy-duty old-man acting. The only line… Continue Reading »


Researching a Role at the Folger

Danny Scheie from The Taming of the Shrew here. Remember back in my first blog, when I talked about the Folger being a mythic realm in Shakespeare’s cosmos, or something like that? Well, somewhere twixt the little nerd and the old nerd was the rebel-anti-nerd. To him, fellow actors who tried to preserve even minimal iambic… Continue Reading »


I’ll Tumble For Ya

Thomas Keegan here, Lucentio in Folger Theatre’s current production of The Taming of the Shrew. Lights, sound, costumes, and… an AUDIENCE?!?! Yes, that’s right. We just finished our preview week for The Taming of the Shrew! There were many tasks at hand for the cast and crew of Shrew in the days leading up to… Continue Reading »


More on Deadwood

Danny Scheie here, Grumio in Folger Theatre’s upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew. As I write this, I am backstage at the Folger during our first dress rehearsal. It is exquisite to see the costumes on the actors on the set under lights moving to the lush folk stylings of Cliff Eberhardt, all of… Continue Reading »


Church Basements

Recently, we are rehearsing in the basement of a Protestant church. Church basements are positively Proustian for me. I have spent a lot of time in them, and have theorized about them, not so much in relation to Shakespeare, but to his fellow Western canon behemoth across the channel, Richard Wagner. The reasons for a… Continue Reading »


Dance for Your Dessert

I know what happiness brings It brings a brand new view I know what happens to me When I meet someone like you —”Someone Like You” by Cliff Eberhardt We are halfway through the rehearsal process for Folger Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew. The play is blocked and the actors are walking around without… Continue Reading »


Working with Aaron Posner

I met director Aaron Posner in a Las Vegas casino. I honked out bits of Bottom and pieces of Puck alone on a 3000 seat Vegas showroom stage to Aaron Posner and Aaron Posner alone. We had both been working on plays all across the land, and this rendezvous in the Nevada desert was the only… Continue Reading »


Rehearsal Gets Personal

Faith, sirrah, an you’ll knock, I’ll ring it. / I’ll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it! -Grumio We’re in the midst of week two of rehearsal and things are going well. We’ve blocked nearly the entire play, and in the process we’ve gotten to know each other—in some instances, a little better… Continue Reading »


A Mythic Realm in the Shakespeare Cosmos

I’m Danny Scheie, and I play Grumio in Folger Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. As a tiny Shakespeare nerd in the wilds of the Prairie State, I repeatedly encountered mention of the faraway Folger Shakespeare Library, uttered in hushed tones of reverent provincial and parochial bardolatry from spinster schoolmarms, sweat… Continue Reading »