I’m writing with a plea for help. Feedback, actually.
Folger Education creates a study guide to accompany each play Folger Theatre produces with a student matinee. Our aim is to offer teachers background information and activities on the play which they may use with their students for preparation and follow-up of their matinee experience.
This is not an uncommon occurance: most theatres that have student matinees also create a guide for teachers and/or students. In scouring to see what information other institutions offer, I have found guides from only a few pages long to close to sixty. Clearly, there is not a lack of things to write about a Shakespeare play. But how much of it is useful to you?
In your experience of taking students to see Shakespeare productions, either at the Folger or abroad, what types of preparatory materials have you been offered? To what extent did you use the materials you were given? What would have made them the most useful to you? Your feedback will help us to shape future guides to better serve teachers and students.
To see our current study guide for The Comedy of Errors, as well as for past productions, visit us at www.folger.edu/studyguides.