These short, play-specific audio and video clips are designed as introductions for students (or those seeking a refresher!). Hear Folger Education staff, actors, and teachers share their unique perspective on major themes in the plays.
Othello is still one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays, but it has a firm place in the classroom. Join the team from Folger Theatre's 2011 production to discuss Language and Deception in this twisted, word-bending play.
Hamlet is arguably Shakespeare's most famous play. For the last 400 years, the Prince of Denmark has intrigued actors, audiences, and students for his philosophical thinking and odd behavior. Delve deeper into the mind of the troubled Dane with Director Joseph Haj and actors from Folger Theatre's 2010 production.
The Comedy of Errors
The Comedy of Errors has entertained audiences for centuries. It has everything a good comedy needs: mistaken identity, slapstick, and zany characters. Introduce your students to this classic work with our Folger Insider's Guide, as Folger Theatre artists talk through the language and laughter of The Comedy of Errors.
Henry IV, Part 1
1 Henry IV is one of Shakespeare's most enduring and timeless history plays. From the barroom humor of Falstaff to Hotspur's doomed ambition to Prince Hal's stunning transformation, 1 Henry IV fascinates us by presenting a world where, as director Paul Mason Barnes puts it, "no one is simple." Folger Theatre artists talk through the heroes and politics of 1 Henry IV.
It's one of Shakespeare's most famous works, his shortest tragedy, Lincoln's favorite play by Shakespeare, and widely taught in American high schools and performed on the American stage. Folger Theatre artists—co-directors Teller (the silent partner in Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner and actors Eric Hissom, Kate Eastwood Norris, Ian Merrill Peakes, and Craig Wallace—talk about the Scottish play.