By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond
October 12 – November 21, 2010
Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, a compelling revelation of political and personal struggle, rivals any modern docudrama. Artfully rendered by English director Robert Richmond (Aquila Theatre's Julius Caesar) and seen through the eyes of Henry’s fool, Will Sommers, the play resonates with the struggle for political control between royal advisers Buckingham and Wolsey, and for personal control between Queen Katherine and Anne Boleyn.
Ian Merrill Peakes (Macbeth) returns to Folger Theatre to play English history's most famous monarch. Naomi Jacobson (The Winter's Tale’s Paulina) is Katherine of Aragon, whose place is supplanted by Anne Boleyn, played by Karen Peakes (Measure for Measure's Isabella). Anthony Cochrane (The Winter's Tale‘s Autolycus) plays Wolsey, and Louis Butelli is Will Sommers. Among the artistic team is Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long.
The play, not seen in Washington since the 1998 tour by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is produced in conjunction with the Folger exhibition Vivat Rex! Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII and a complement of related programs.
The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Aaron Posner
January 25 – March 6, 2011
One of Shakespeare's favorite launching device, a shipwreck, begins the craziness of coincidence and confusion in The Comedy of Errors. Antipholus and his servant Dromio journey from Syracuse in search of their long-lost, identically named twin brothers. Their arrival in Ephesus sets off a chain of mishaps as the twins are mistaken for each other, culminating in a climax of comedic chaos.
Aaron Posner, who staged Folger Theatre’s recent world premiere of Orestes, A Tragic Romp, as well as eight-time Helen Hayes Award nominated Arcadia in 2009 and the acclaimed Macbeth, co-conceived and directed with Teller, returns to direct this farcical tale of twins and timing.
Subscribe today and see all three plays for as little as $99!
By Edmond Rostand
Translated & Adapted by Michael Hollinger
Adapted & Directed by Aaron Posner
April 26 – June 5, 2011
A romance of 17th-century swashbuckling France, Cyrano centers on a fascinating and poignant love triangle. Cyrano secretly adores Roxane, but he fears she could never share the sentiment because of his legendary large nose. Instead, he uses his gift for wit and wordplay to help his tongue-tied friend Christian woo her. But is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul?
This new translation by Michael Hollinger (author of Opus, one of the top ten most produced plays in 2009), co-adapted with director Aaron Posner, focuses the epic tale on its intimate core while retaining its lush language and heightened theatricality. Eric Hissom, who just received a Helen Hayes Award for his bravura performance at the Folger as Bernard Nightingale in Arcadia, leads the cast as Cyrano.