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ENCORES: ‘Vinegar & Char’ Poetry Reading (2019)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. Enjoy a selection of read poems by W. Ralph Eubanks, Sandra Beasley, and Sean Hill from the ‘Vinegar & Char’ poetry reading.


ENCORES: A Conversation with Michael W. Twitty (2019)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. See an excerpt of a conversation with Michael W. Twitty recorded in February of 2019.


ENCORES: ‘The Human Voice in Struggle’ Poetry Reading (2016)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. Enjoy a selection of poems by William Archila and Reginald Dwayne Betts from the ‘The Human Voice in Struggle’ poetry reading.


Resource Guide: ‘License to Quill’ by Jacopo della Quercia

On November 5, 2020 the Folger continues its Virtual Book Club with ‘License to Quill’ by Jacopo della Quercia. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to espionage, religion, the Gunpowder Plot, and some of the characters in this fast-paced thriller.


ENCORES: ‘I Put a Spell on You’ Poetry Reading (2019)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. Enjoy a selection of poems by Kiki Petrosino and Annie Finch from the “I Put a Spell on You” poetry reading.


Ian Merrill Peakes: Design Runs

Actor Ian Merrill Peakes (“The Player”) continues sharing his thoughts on the Folger Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead now in previews.  Learn more about Ian at the Folger and read his previous posts.  Hear me loud and clear: I love my job all the time. However…we have a few necessary evils in this loony business… Continue Reading »



Louis Butelli on Cassius’ Philosophy (Part I of II)

Stranger, here you will do well to tarry; here our highest good is pleasure                                                 –Inscription over the gate to Epicurus’s Garden Hello again from your friend Louis Butelli. Last time I… Continue Reading »


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 »


Julius Caesar Audio Recording Post-Production Photos

We recently returned to Omega Studios for post-production on the audio recording of Julius Caesar. The recording will be available through the Folger Luminary App, as well as on CD through Simon and Schuster audio. You can learn more and purchase the completed recordings of Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream here. Below are… Continue Reading »