Free Folger Friday: Thinking Shakespeare with Barry Edelstein

Friday, June 01, 2018, 5:30 pm
Folger Theatre
Free, reservations requested


Thinking Shakespeare Live is a 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare. Led by Barry Edelstein and assisted by three Folger favorite actors, this special program based on Edelstein’s book, Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, reveals a performer’s approach to Shakespearean language. This entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the creative process offers a primer on the tools used to hear and understand Shakespeare.

Join us after this Folger Friday for the performance of Saint Joan.Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077.

Barry Edelstein is the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director of The Old Globe in San Diego. Recognized as one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare, he has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008-2012), Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions, as well as its extensive educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998-2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, where he produced and directed some of New York’s most memorable classical productions. Edelstein has taught Shakespearean acting at The Juilliard School, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and the University of Southern California. His book Thinking Shakespeare (called by New York Magazine “a must-read for actors”) was published in 2007 and is now the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions.