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Women Merely Players

Actresses on Shakespeare

Henry VIII

In Shakespeare's time, only men appeared on stage, with teenage boys playing the women's parts. Today, women play women and sometimes men—and vice-versa. 


In this podcast we have gathered some of the best-known actresses in the Folger's home town, Washington, DC—Naomi Jacobsen, Cam Magee, Francelle Stewart Dorn, Victoria Reinsel, Charlene V Smith, and Holly Twyford—to talk about their experiences on stage with Shakespeare.

Women Merely Players

The all-female staging of Richard III was produced for Brave Spirit Theater, with Jenna Berk as George, Duke of Clarence. First Murderer was Rachel Hynes; Second Murderer was Tina Renay Fulp.



From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series.

Produced for the Folger Shakespeare Library by Richard Paul; Garland Scott, associate producer.

Edited by Gail Kern Paster and Esther Ferington.

The music in the piece was composed and arranged by Lenny Williams. 

We had help gathering material for Shakespeare Unlimited from Amy Arden. 


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