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Resource Guide: ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell

On December 3, 2020 the Folger hosts its last Virtual Book Club of 2020 with ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to Anne (Agnes) Hathaway, life in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Shakespeare’s iconic play of grief and mourning.

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 »

Video Postcard from Robert Richmond – Director of the Folger Theatre’s “Julius Caesar” – in Stratford-upon-Avon

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend him your ears! In this video postcard from Stratford-upon-Avon, Julius Caesar Director Robert Richmond describes his vision and gives us a glimpse into his travels for the upcoming production. [wpvideo kmhNmgp1] Robert Richmond has directed six plays for Folger Theatre, including last season’s Richard III and 2013’s Henry V.  He is also the… Continue Reading »

Ira Glass: “Shakespeare S*cks???”

Hello once again from your friend Louis Butelli. The folks here at the Folger Production Diary have asked me to contribute some late summer entries before rehearsals begin for the Folger’s upcoming production of Julius Caesar: click here for more information on the production. In the meantime…. As a long-time Shakespeare practitioner – nearly 18 years,… Continue Reading »