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Titus Andronicus

In a recent article in The Guardian (1/1/13), Brian Cox talks about his first performance for the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing the lead character in Titus Andronicus which, if you’ve read some of my other blog entries, you’ll remember is my favorite Shakespeare play. Cox notes that the role of Titus was “… the most… Continue Reading »


How Pro do you Go?

As teachers and students begin preparing to perform a Shakespeare play, questions arise that may not have been considered: Where are the costumes coming from? What props do we need? How can we set the scene? For our festival schools, we encourage a minimal amount of props and costumes – it’s easier to transport, and… Continue Reading »


Complementary Conversations

Taking a page out of Carol Ann’s book, I sat in on a couple of our High School Fellowship sessions recently. During this program, students study three of Shakespeare’s plays as scholars, actors, and audience members. Guest speakers come in throughout the semester to discuss a new perspective with them as they progress through the… Continue Reading »


Living Language

“A play is acting.” (Elementary school student, grade 2) “For all my reign hath been but as a scene/Acting that argument.” (2 Henry IV, IV.5) Last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to meet with high school students participating in Folger’s High School Fellowship Program. I was especially fortunately because our guest instructor was Caleen… Continue Reading »


Singing in the Rain

~by Jessica Lander (re-printed with permission) Where better to teach Macbeth than in a monsoon? When shall we three meet again?  In thunder, lightening, or in rain? That’s exactly what we did one muggy July afternoon when the ominous skies finally split, releasing a torrential downpour. For an hour already we had been rehearsing indoors… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in Las Vegas

I have been thinking about Las Vegas.  This year’s National Council of Teachers of English convention will take place there in November. However, what prompted thoughts of Vegas wasn’t the convention or the slots, but a recent article on broadway world.com about that noted the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company’s announcement that it would be undertaking a capital campaign… Continue Reading »


Another time, another place, another Brutus!

~by Carol Kelly Twenty minutes into watching  the recent RSC all black production of Julius Caesar, my overall sense was, “Why hasn’t this been done before?”. The play makes a seamless transition from Ancient Rome to modern day Africa, a continent which has seen numerous violent uprisings and civil crises in the last few decades…. Continue Reading »


HAMLET: Q&A

After student matinees at the Folger, we’re usually able to offer a brief “talk-back” with actors from the show to discuss what the students have just seen. (We’ve discussed previous Folger Theatre talk-backs for Othello and Comedy of Errors here.) The actors of the Globe’s touring production of Hamlet, currently playing in our Theatre, were kind enough… Continue Reading »


It's Hamlet Once Again

Thanks to the efforts of Folger Theatre, the Globe’s Theatre’s production of Hamlet is currently in residence at the Folger.  The reviews have been good, and audiences are deeply engaged in the work.  This collaboration between the Folger and the Globe has prompted Folger Education to re-release four video podcasts that focus on the play, including an insider’s guide for all… Continue Reading »


Seeing Shakespeare

To quote our Bill’s Buddies mantra: “Shakespeare wrote plays, which means they were meant to be Seen and Heard.” Not read silently to oneself. And not simply read aloud in a round robin in class. Part of the experience is watching how characters interact, and how the words can be used to inform action. Getting students on… Continue Reading »