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More on Deadwood
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More on Deadwood

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Danny Scheie

Danny Scheie here, Grumio in Folger Theatre’s upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew. As I write this, I am backstage at the Folger during our first dress rehearsal. It is exquisite to see the costumes on the actors on…

Church Basements
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Church Basements

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Danny Scheie

Recently, we are rehearsing in the basement of a Protestant church. Church basements are positively Proustian for me. I have spent a lot of time in them, and have theorized about them, not so much in relation to Shakespeare, but…

Dance for Your Dessert
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Dance for Your Dessert

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Emily Townley

I know what happiness brings It brings a brand new view I know what happens to me When I meet someone like you —”Someone Like You” by Cliff Eberhardt We are halfway through the rehearsal process for Folger Theatre’s The…

Working with Aaron Posner
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Working with Aaron Posner

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Danny Scheie

I met director Aaron Posner in a Las Vegas casino. I honked out bits of Bottom and pieces of Puck alone on a 3000 seat Vegas showroom stage to Aaron Posner and Aaron Posner alone. We had both been working on…

Rehearsal Gets Personal
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Rehearsal Gets Personal

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Emily Townley

Faith, sirrah, an you’ll knock, I’ll ring it. / I’ll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it! -Grumio We’re in the midst of week two of rehearsal and things are going well. We’ve blocked nearly the entire play,…

A Mythic Realm in the Shakespeare Cosmos
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A Mythic Realm in the Shakespeare Cosmos

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Danny Scheie

I’m Danny Scheie, and I play Grumio in Folger Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. As a tiny Shakespeare nerd in the wilds of the Prairie State, I repeatedly encountered mention of the faraway Folger Shakespeare…

A Fast, Furious, and Fun First Week of Shrew Rehearsals
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A Fast, Furious, and Fun First Week of Shrew Rehearsals

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Emily Townley

Was ever match clapped up so suddenly? –Gremio And, just like that, the first week of rehearsals for Folger Theatre’s 2012 production of The Taming of the Shrew is in the books. And what a fast, furious, and productive week…

Blogging of the Shrew, Day 1
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Blogging of the Shrew, Day 1

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Emily Townley

Here let us breathe and haply institute / A course of learning and ingenious studies. Hello and welcome, one and all, to the Folger Theatre Production Diary. I’m Thomas Keegan, and I play Lucentio in Folger Theatre’s upcoming production of…

Director Aaron Posner on his Deadwood-inspired The Taming of the Shrew
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Director Aaron Posner on his Deadwood-inspired The Taming of the Shrew

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The Taming of the Shrew is a great story. And while it is funny, surprising, playful, and political, too, a great deal of it swirls around issues of gender roles, identity, money, and power. Last year, while I was thinking…

Louis Butelli: Henry VIII in Alabama
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Louis Butelli: Henry VIII in Alabama

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Louis Butelli

Hello, readers of the Folger Theatre Production Diary! My name is Louis Butelli. I was a contributor here during Folger’s recent production of Othello, in which I played Roderigo. Last week, I was asked if I would put together a…

Roger Rees and a Conference of Shakespeareans
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Roger Rees and a Conference of Shakespeareans

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Last week I attended the Shakespeare Theatre Association conference in Florida, hosted by Orlando Shakespeare Theater. It was a great gathering of Shakespeareans from places as diverse as the Livermore Shakespeare Festival in California to the great Polish city of…

Is this Adieu?!? Oh, Mon Cour!
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Is this Adieu?!? Oh, Mon Cour!

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Emily Townley

No! Say it ain’t so! On behalf of the whole cast, I think I can safely say that a marvelous time was had by all during this lovely production of The Gaming Table. It was certainly not without its hiccups!…

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