RICHARD III Opens Tonight at the Folger Theatre
(Henry V and Henry VIII) returns to direct another of Shakespeare's celebrated stories of the English throne in an innovative staging that will transform the Folger into an arena styled stage for the first time in its history. The Machiavellian king, one of Shakespeare's most diabolical villains, is played by Drew Cortese (The Merchant of Venice at STC and The Motherf***er With The Hat at Studio Theatre) making his Folger Theatre debut. Richard III begins performances at the Folger on January 28 and has its initial run through March 9, 2014.
Folger Theatre's Richard III features an extraordinary cast that includes Howard W. Overshown as Buckingham, Richard's right-hand man and cohort, Naomi Jacobson as Queen Margaret, widow of King Henry VI, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan as Lady Anne, the widow of Edward, Prince of Wales, Richard SheriDan Willis as Lord Stanley, Paul Morella as King Edward, Julia Motyka as Queen Elizabeth, wife of King Edward IV, and Nanna Ingvarsson as the Duchess of York, mother of Richard. The production also features Michael Sharon (Clarence), Michael Gabriel Goodfriend (Rivers), Sean Fri (Hastings), Jenna Berk (Princess Elizabeth), Daniel Flint (Lovell), Andrew Criss (Ratcliffe), Holden Brettell (Prince Edward), and Remy Brettell (Duke of York) round out the cast.
The award-winning creative team includes four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Tony Cisek (set design), Mariah Hale (costume design), Jim Hunter (lighting design), Eric Shimelonis (composer and sound design), and Casey Kaleba (fight director).
"The recent discovery of Richard's bones makes it time to truly explore the complex psyche of one of England's most controversial kings whose legacy is written as much in blood as it is in ink," says Richmond. Regarding the in-the-round staging for this production, Richmond states, "It will surely prove to be an immersive experience which will surround the audience with the chaos of a struggle for a kingdom, and give a private look into the corrupt mind that Richard hides beneath his deformed body. It focuses on Richard's obsession, helps to learn his motivations, and, through the lens of the newly designed setting, finally shows the man who has been buried beneath the surface for so long."
"Now is the winter of our discontent..." With these words, Richard, Shakespeare's twisted tyrant, the "poisonous hunchback'd toad" sets his murderous plans in motion. His goal: to reign as undisputed king. Standing between him and the throne are his brothers Clarence and Edward, the king, his nephews the Princes, his bitter adversary Queen Elizabeth, and a host of enemies, rivals, and dubious allies. Richard will stop at nothing - seduction, bribery, conspiracy, and mass slaughter - in his bloodthirsty quest. To steal power though, is one thing - to retain it, is another.
Richard III plays at Folger Theatre from tonight, January 28 - March 9, 2014. Tickets are $40 - $72. Lower-priced previews and discounts for students, seniors, military, educators, and groups of ten or more are available - and may be purchased at the Folger Theatre Box Office at 202.544.7077 or online at www.folger.edu/theatre.
SPECIAL EVENT - On Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30pm, geneticist Dr. Turi King and archaeologist Mathew Morris from the University of Leicester recount their amazing discovery of Richard III's skeletal remains. This special talk is presented with support from the British Council. Tickets are $25.
Pay-What-You-Can performance is on Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm. Tickets will be available to the public one hour prior to the performance. Cash purchases only.
College Night will be held on Friday, February 7 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 tickets, with a valid student ID to be presented at the box office.
A Small Groups Discussion with Folger Director Michael Witmore will explore the play and take place on Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15, with light fare included.
Audience members are encouraged to stay and take part in our Post-Show Group Discussion with the Richard III Cast on Thursday, February 20. This interactive discussion, led by Folger's resident dramaturg Michele Osherow, will follow the 7:30pm performance.
Folger Friday hosts poets Sarah Browning and Brian Gilmore, as they read from their works in response to Richard III on Friday, February 21 at 6:00pm. Admission is free.
Folger Friday welcomes Georgetown University's Mimi Yiu on Friday, February 28 at 6:00pm to speak on the architecture of the Elizabethan playhouse. Admission is free.
Richard III is presented in conjunction with Shakespeare's The Thing, an exhibition exploring Shakespeare's influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship through treasures from the Folger collection. Hand-picked by Folger staff and including a special look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. Curated by GeorgiAnna Ziegler, the exhibit celebrates Shakespeare's 450th birthday. On display in Folger's Great Hall from January 28 - June 15. Visit www.folger.edu/exhibitions for details; free.
Jenna Berk (Princess Elizabeth) - Taffety Punk: Titus Andronicus, The Poker Night; Nu Sass: 43 and 1/2: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare's Tragedies; American Century Theater: The Show Off; Brave Spirits Theatre: Richard III. London: Theatre 503: The Last Thing To Go; The Space: The Laramie Project; The Merely Players: Henry V; Saviour Theatre Company: The Trojan Women; Canal Cafe Theatre: Nothing Lasts; Old Red Lion Theatre: If I Were You. Film: The Park Thief, He Doesn't Know You Don't Love Him.
Holden Brettell (Prince Edward) - Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor; Ford's Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Adventure Theatre MTC: Winnie The Pooh; Toby's Dinner Theatre: The King And I; Regional: Center Stage: An Enemy of the People; Bucks County Playhouse: Really Rosie; Theater of Stars Tour (at Wolf Trap National Park): The King And I; Television: National Park Foundation PSA.
Remy Brettell (Duke of York) - Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor; Washington National Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me; Ford's Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Toby's Dinner Theatre: The Sound Of Music, Velveteen Rabbit; Theater of Stars Tour (at Wolf Trap National Park): The King And I; Television: National Park Foundation PSA, Kayak Travel "Puppet" commercial.
Drew Cortese (King Richard III) - Studio Theatre: The Motherf***er With The Hat; Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Merchant of Venice. Regional: Denver Center Theatre Company: The Taming Of The Shrew, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Liar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Reckless, The House Of The Spirits, Eventide, Richard III, 1001; Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park: Victoria Musica; American Conservatory Theater: Boleros For The Disenchanted; Actors Theatre Of Louisville: Pride and Prejudice, Italian American Reconciliation; Guthrie Theatre: As You Like It, Blood Wedding; Paper Mill Playhouse: Carnival. Off-Broadway: The Public/NYSF: As You Like It; P73: 1001; SPF: Honor and the River.
Andrew Criss (Ratcliffe-Friar) - Shakespeare Theatre Company: Measure for Measure, Wallenstein. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: Pericles; Zachary Scott Theater: Mirandolina, Tartuffe; Capitol City Playhouse: Dark Rapture (B. Iden Payne Award nomination), Street Theater, The Boys in Cellblock Q; Vortex Theatre: Hamlet (B. Iden Payne Award nomination).
Daniel Flint (Lovell-Friar) - Taffety Punk: The Golem, Twelfth Night, Burn Your Bookes; Shakespeare Theatre Company: All's Well That Ends Well; Studio Theatre: Solid Gold Cadillac; Constellation Theatre Company: Arms and the Man; Washington Shakespeare Company: Night and Day; Faction of Fools Theatre Company: The Mandrake; Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Antony and Cleopatra; Baltimore Shakespeare Festival: Richard III. Regional: Intiman Theatre: Richard III; Seattle Public Theatre: Spoke Song; Sound Theatre Company: Troilus and Cressida. Harlequin Productions; Richard III, Henry V, Hamlet, King John, Macbeth, The Lonesome West, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Sean Fri (Hastings-Tyrell) - Regional: Totem Pole Playhouse: Travels With My Aunt, Honus and Me, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Suite Surrender, Almost, Maine, Lone Star, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; Little Theatre: Sanders Family Christmas. Off Broadway: Kirk Theatre: Heat Lightning; Aquila Theatre Company: Cyrano de Bergerac; Fringe: M (an adaptation of Macbeth.) National Tours: Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac.
Michael Gabriel Goodfriend (Rivers-Richmond) - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Measure For Pleasure (Helen Hayes nom., Outstanding Ensemble), Stunning; CATF (2010, 2012): Lidless, Inana, Captors. Off-Broadway: 59E59 Theatres: The English Bride, Eternal Equinox; Irondale Ensemble (Company Member): Hamlet, Degenerate Art, Peter Panic, The Mother, Wasted! etc.; Pearl Theatre: Twelfth Night, Irondale Center: Treasure Island, London Cries, Arrivals. Regional theaters include: Getty Center, Fountain Theatre, Yale Cabaret Hollywood (founder), East L.A. Classic Theatre, A Noise Within, Met Theatre, etc. Regional: Peterborough Players, Centenary Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, Triad Stage, City Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Madison Rep, Seven Angels, Yale Rep. Film and television: First, Jackson, The Commission, The Shrink Is In, Monk, The District, Helter Skelter, Firefly's Fantastic Fables (Pilot), Strong Medicine, L.A. Doctors, To Serve and Protect, A Will of Their Own. Radio: Sirius XM: Left Jab, Edge of Sports (Writer, Executive Producer), Air America: The Majority Report (Producer) Awards: Best Supporting Actor, 2006 (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), Garland Award (Beast on the Moon).
Nanna Ingvarsson (Duchess of York) - Rep Stage: Boeing Boeing; Washington Shakespeare Company: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Fool for Love; Forum Theater: The Illusion, The Language Archive, One Flea Spare, Angels in America, The Skriker; Constellation: The Green Bird, The Three Sisters, Marriage of Figaro, The Oresteia; Scena: Greek, Sink the Belgrano!, The Maids, Solas Nua: Woman and Scarecrow, Scenes from the Big Picture; Theater J: Seagull on 16th Street; Longacre Lee: Man with Bags; Actors Theater of Washington: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; Keegan Theater: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Hostage; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Rocky Horror Show (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical). Boomerang Fund for Artists grant recipient.
Naomi Jacobson (Queen Margaret) - Folger Theatre: Henry VIII, The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet (audio recording). Arena Stage: Mary T & Lizzy K, A View From The Bridge; The Kennedy Center: The Guardsman; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Measure for Measure, Richard II, Henry V, Julius Caesar; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Member: Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Unmentionables, Vigils; Signature Theatre: God Of Carnage; Other theaters include: Ford's Theatre, Round House Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Olney Theatre. Regional: Center Stage, Goodman Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory, Delaware Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company: Scenes From An Execution. Voice Over: NPR, PBS, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian. Film: Her Father's Eyes, I Fall To Pieces; Television: Homicide; Awards: Lunt Fontanne Fellowship (with Lynn Redgrave), Helen Hayes Award (2), Helen Hayes nominations (12), DC Commission Individual Artist Grant.
Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan (Lady Anne) - Roundhouse Theatre: Becky Shaw; Studio Theatre: Contractions; Theater J: The History of Invulnerability; No Rules Theatre Company: Stop Kiss; Only Make Believe. Regional: American Shakespeare Center: Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV Part 1, Henry VI Part I, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline, Macbeth, She Stoops to Conquer, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Revengers Tragedy. Off-Broadway: La Mama ETC: Agamemnom; Beacon Theater: Thomas and Friends Live Onstage!: Snapshot, NYC: Vagina Monologues. International: Thomas and Friends Live Onstage! (Australia, New Zealand). Awards: Walter L. Wright III Award.
Paul Morella (Edward-Oxford-Mayor) - Folger Theatre: Macbeth; Arena Stage: Orpheus, Descending, All My Sons; Signature Theatre: Angels In America, God of Carnage; Shakespeare Theatre Company: King John, Julius Caesar; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: After Ashley, Grace, Big Death & Little Death, Quills, Watbanaland, Christmas On Mars; Theater J: The Accident, Either Or; Olney Theatre: Rancho Mirage, A Christmas Carol, A Passion for Justice, Over The Tavern, Opus, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, The Laramie Project, Art, Becket, Broken Glass, M. Butterfly, Coffee With Richelieu, Private Lives; Everyman Theatre: Sight Unseen, A Passion for Justice, Shooting Star; Round House Theater: Midwives, Life x 3, Snakebit, The Threepenny Opera; Studio Theatre: Two Sisters and a Piano, Conversations With My Father, Imagine Drowning, North Shore Fish, Romeo and Juliet; The Kennedy Center: Teddy Roosevelt; Potomac Theatre Project: No End of Blame, The Best Man, Plenty, Closet Land. MetroStage: Ghost-Writer, Sidney Bechet, Burn This, Speed-the-Plow.
Julia Motyka (Queen Elizabeth) - Regional Theatre: The Alley: What We're Up Against; The Pioneer Theatre: The Tempest; Denver Theatre Center: Reckless (Westword Award); TheatreWorks (CA): The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue; The Rubicon/PRT: My Antonia (LA Weekly Nom.); Colorado, San Francisco, and Marin Shakespeare Festivals (BATTC and Dean Goodman awards). Off Broadway: La MaMa ECT: Obama 44; The Apollo: We Got Issues; The Storm: The Last Starfighter: The Musical; The Players Theatre: Golden Ladder. NY Workshops: Roundabout, Primary Stages, The Directors Company, The Abingdon, Mabou Mines (RAP), EST, among others. Film: In the Family, Crosseye, The Kindergarten Shuffle. Member: The Actor's Center.
Howard W. Overshown (Buckingham) - Folger Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, The Tempest; Interact Theatre at the Folger: Great Expectations (The Musical); Arena Stage: Blue (with Phylicia Rashad), The Great White Hope, YellowMan, Passion Play; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The School for Scandal, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Carter Barron); Theater J: Goodnight Irene; Source Theatre: The Dying Gaul; Signature Theatre: Never The Sinner. Broadway: Free Man Of Color. Lincoln Center Theater: Julius Caesar. Off-Broadway: Orlando, YellowMan, Blue, Beauty On The Vine, Never The Sinner. Film and Television: Grand Street (upcoming), Body of Lies, Pride & Glory, 13, Elementary, White Collar, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Kings, Conviction, New Amsterdam, The Guiding Light, All My Children, As the World Turns. Awards: Outer Critics Circle nomination, Barrymore nomination, Connecticut Outer Critics Award.
Michael Sharon (Clarence-Catesby) - Shakespeare Theatre Company: Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night (Helen Hayes Award nomination). Regional: Los Angeles Theatre Center: Macbeth; Long Wharf Theatre: The Fantasticks; Fulton Theatre; Gaslight, The Sound of Music (Broadway World and Carbonell Award nominations); Delaware Theatre Company: South Pacific; Pioneer Theatre Company: Jane Austin's Emma; Portland Center Stage: Anna Karenina; People's Light & Theatre: The Rainmaker; Goodspeed Opera House: Shenandoah; Utah Shakespearean Festival: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Camelot, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Coriolanus; Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Othello, As You Like It, Henry VI, The Baltimore Waltz; New York City Opera: The Most Happy Fella; GBS Theatre, London: The Winter's Tale. Film and Television: Identical, In Between Men (Indie Soap Award nomination).
Richard SheriDan Willis (Stanley) - Folger Theatre: Twelfth Night, Henry V, Macbeth (audio recording). Regional: Factory 163, Toronto Fringe Festival: Strolling Player; Warehouse Theatre: The Tempest; Summer Theatre of New Canaan: My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Henry lV Part 1; Round House Theatre, Toronto: The Railway Children; Sudbury Theatre Centre: Vigil, The Clockmaker; Baruch College, NYC: The Importance of Being Earnest; New Victory Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Wilma Theatre: Night & Day; Denver Theatre Center Co: Mrs. Warren's Profession; Aquila Theatre Company: The Tempest, Hamlet, The Man Who Would Be King, Julius Caesar, Catch 22; Albery Theatre, London: Torch Song Trilogy; Leicester Haymarket: A Woman of No Importance, Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The White Devil, Single Spies; Peter Hall Company: The Master Builder; Shared Experience: The Tempest; Salisbury Playhouse: Things We Do For Love. Television: Dr. Who, Law & Order, Flashpoint, Nikita, Lost Girl, Stand By Your Booth. Film: Dreadful Sorry, The Big Bad Swim.
The Creative Team:
Robert Richmond (Director) Folger Theatre: Twelfth Night, Henry V, Othello, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar. Regional theaters include: Roanoke Island Historical Association The Lost Colony; La Jolla Playhouse; Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Two River Theater Company. Off-Broadway: Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy Of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Iliad: Book One, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Agamemnon. Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina Theatre and Dance Department, Head of Undergraduate Performance. Directed Dreadful Sorry (written by Dionne O'Dell), winner of the South Carolina Film Commissions 2010 Production Grant. Education: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Tony Cisek (Scenic Designer) Folger Theatre: Twelfth Night, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello (2011), The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Much Ado About Nothing (2009, 1999), 1 Henry IV, The School For Scandal, The Tempest (2007, 2000), Romeo and Juliet (2005, 1997), Melissa Arctic, Elizabeth the Queen, Twelfth Night (costumes), As You Like It (2001), Shakespeare's R & J, Hamlet; Work at other
theaters includes Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Round House Theatre; Signature Theatre; Theater J; Theater Alliance; The Kennedy Center; Arena Stage; Ford's Theatre. Regional theaters include: Guthrie Theater; Goodman Theatre; South Coast Repertory; Milwaukee Rep; Indiana Repertory Theatre; Portland Center Stage; Cleveland Play House; Intiman Theatre; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Syracuse Stage; Berkshire Theatre Festival; Two River Theater Company; Delaware Theatre Company. Off Broadway: Beyond Glory; columbinus. Awards: Helen Hayes Award (four-time recipient), Drammy Award, Barrymore Award nomination.
Mariah Hale (Costume Designer) Folger Theatre: Twelfth Night, Henry V, Henry VIII (Associate Costume Designer), Othello (Associate Costume Designer). Regional: Goodspeed Opera/ Norma Terris Theatre: Both Barrells; American Stage Company: The Butter and Egg Man; Algonquin Arts Center: The 39 Steps, A Year with Frog and Toad; Kline Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Yvonne Theater: Nine, The Misanthrope. Off-Broadway: Variety Arts Theater: A Good Swift Kick; New York Music Theatre Festival: Cyclops: A Rock Opera. Associate Costume Designer: Regional: Dallas Theater Center: Arsenic and Old Lace. Roanoke Island Historical Assoc.: The Lost Colony. Madison Square Garden: A Christmas Carol. Roundabout Theater: Picnic, Company. Broadway and National Tours: Smokey Joe's Café, Chicago, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Andrew Lloyd Weber's Music of the Night, Disney's King David. Teaches fashion design at College of Morris and Brookdale College, costume design at Gettysburg College and Rider University, Westminster School of the Arts.
Jim Hunter (Lighting Designer) Phoenix Theatre: Man of La Mancha, The Full Monty, Applause, Tintypes; Florida Repertory Theatre: August - Osage County, Glass Menagerie, Amy's View, Noises Off; Charlotte Repertory Theatre: Jar the Floor, Other People's Money; Florida Studio Theatre: Spamalot; Theatre Virginia: Lost in Yonkers, Moon Over Buffalo, Sunshine Boys; Florida Stage: Goldie, Max, and Milk, Some Kind of Wonderful; Arkansas Repertory Theatre: Talley's Folly, Foxfire; Orlando Shakespeare: The 39 Steps; Lost Colony (NC); Drury Lane (Chicago): La Cage Aux Folles; Heritage Repertory Theatre (Va): Crimes of the Heart, Return to the Forbidden Planet. Tours: Clear Channel: Veggie Tales Live (National) and Wall Street Danceworks. AriZoni Awards in Scene Design for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Picnic.
Eric Shimelonis (Sound Designer, Composer) Roundhouse Theatre: Becky Shaw, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Studio Theatre: Torch Song Trilogy, The Motherfucker With the Hat, An Iliad; Theatre J: Andy and The Shadows; Hub Theatre: A Man, His Wife, and His Hat; 1st Stage: Never the Sinner; Arena Stage: Anna Christie, Orpheus Descending. Regional: Goodman Theatre: Stoop Stories; City Theatre: Abigail/1702, The Monster in the Hall, The Clockmaker; Southern Rep: Grey Gardens (Big Easy and Ambie Award nominations for Best Musical Direction). Off Broadway: Daryl Roth Theatre: Fuerza Bruta; Signature Theatre: Heartless; Atlantic Theatre: Almost an Evening; Second Stage: Wintertime; Rattlestick Theatre: Hallway Trilogy (Drama Desk nomination); Playwrights Horizons: Essential Self Defense (Lortel Award nomination). Film: Winter Passing.
Casey Kaleba (Fight Director) Folger Theatre: Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, The Gaming Table, Othello, Hamlet, 1 Henry IV; Round House Theatre: Young Robin Hood, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Double Indemnity, Crown of Shadows, Fahrenheit 451, Charming Billy, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Picture of Dorian Gray; Signature Theatre: Really, Really, The Hollow, The Fox on the Fairway, See What I Wanna See, Nest; Studio Theatre: The Bachelorette, Time Stands Still, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Reefer Madness, Dog Sees God; Hub Theatre: Big Love, John & Beatrice, The Clockmaker, We Won't Pay, We Won't Pay!; Rorschach Theatre: The Gallerist, After the Quake, Living Dead in Denmark, This Storm Is What We Call Progress. Television: The American Experience: A Prince Among Slaves.
Michele Osherow (Resident Dramaturg) Folger Theatre: Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Henry V, The Conference of the Birds, The Taming of the Shrew, The Gaming Table, Othello (2011), Cyrano, The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Hamlet, Orestes: A Tragic Romp, Much Ado About Nothing, Arcadia, The Winter's Tale, 1 Henry IV, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello (2001), Measure for Measure (dramaturg and actor). Regional: Quotidian Theatre Company: Afterplay (actor), A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (actor), Captain Drew on Leave, Dublin Carol, The Carpetbagger's Children, The Mollusc, Tomorrow (actor), The Seagull (actor), Valentine's Day (actor), While We Have the Light (actor), Uncle Vanya (actor), A Little Trick (actor); Jewish Repertory Theatre: The Dybbuk (actor). Arden Theatre Company: The Chosen, As You Like It (actor), Love's Labors [sic] (actor); Currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
About Folger Theatre and Folger Shakespeare Library: Folger Theatre is the centerpiece of Folger Shakespeare Library's programs for the public and is recognized for dynamic performances in the 250-seat Elizabethan-styled theatre, specializing in innovative stagings of works by Shakespeare, other classical work, and new plays inspired by these traditions. Since 1991, Folger Theatre has been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards with 20 awards and 116 nominations for excellence in acting, direction, design, and production-including the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play in 2011 for Hamlet (a year in which all three of Folger's theatrical productions were nominated in that category). In September 2012, Folger Theatre brought from London Shakespeare's Globe's Hamlet for the company's first Washington appearance. Most recently, Folger Theatre was the recipient of the 2013 Helen Hayes Award for "Outstanding Resident Play" for its production of The Taming of the Shrew. Janet Alexander Griffin is the Artistic Producer of Folger Theatre and Director of Public Programs which includes the Folger's music and literary series.
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