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What do Richard II and Bonnie Raitt have in common?

On December 2nd, the Folger hosted the first U.S. screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II starring David Tennant. Most fans in America know David Tennant from the BBC television series Dr. Who, but he has been a classical actor for much of his life. He joined the RSC at 25, playing… Continue Reading »

A Farewell To The Folger!

Blog Last: If you missed Romeo & Juliet at the Folger, you missed a good one. Here are my final blog thoughts in random order. This is the first cast of this size that I can remember where everyone has a job already lined up in the future. EVERYONE! Which is some kind of mathematical… Continue Reading »

Dykstra Blog: The Student Matinee Experience!

“Grumble, Grumble.” “Snort” “Whine” “Complaint” “But it’s soooo eeeearly!” “This is ungodly.” “Oh, no…I’m going to need a nap!” “Is there coffee?” And so it goes… It’s a student matinee of our Romeo and Juliet at the Folger Theatre and our call is practically the butt crack of dawn. We have to be at the… Continue Reading »

Your Backstage Pass!

Dykstra Blog: Your Backstage Pass  Hey. Dykstra here. Once again. I thought ya’ll might enjoy a tour through the mind of the actor (a semi-dangerous proposition) during performance. So, this is not as much a “backstage” pass as a window into dressing room behavior. I mean AFTER the dressing part has been completed. Cheese &… Continue Reading »

Understanding Understudying (or The Show Must Go On)

Dykstra Blog: Understanding Understudying or The Show Must Go On! Her Name? Stephanie LaVardera. Her Role? Understudying Juliet. Her Job? Saving The Day. Job Complete! Look, there’s lots of times you’ve heard “The Show Must Go On!” Mostly, it’s a producer thing. If the show doesn’t go on, everybody who bought tickets, gets a refund…. Continue Reading »

Getting Technucal

Note: This blog post by Brian Dykstra was written during tech rehearsals in early October. Romeo and Juliet began performances on October 15 and is now running through December 1. “Ladies and Gentlemen: It is now one o’clock. We would like you all in costume and we would like to start ‘soon’ with scene 32…. Continue Reading »