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From an Ill-Spun Wool

The Second Shepherds' Play and early English theater

In this three-part series, producer Richard Paul talks with artists, scholars, and medievalists about this most mysterious of mystery plays. 


Narrated by Folger Director Gail Kern Paster.


Staging the Play 

Folger Consort co-founder Bob Eisenstein and director/adaptor Mary Hall Surface share their thoughts on bringing this early English drama to 21st-century Folger audiences.



Rediscovering our theatrical past  

Scholars Theresa Coletti and Barbara Palmer talk about the vast world of early English theater—a sprawling heritage that's still too often overlooked.



The mystery behind the mystery play 

Producer Richard Paul explores recent literary detective work into the true origins of The Second Shepherds' Play.

Towneley Plays ms., opening of The Second Shepherd's Play

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