Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford to Star in MARY STUART at the Folger, 1/27-3/8
England's most storied rivalry takes center stage at Folger Theatre in Friedrich Schiller's classic drama Mary Stuart from January 27- March 8, 2015. The gripping standoff dramatizes the historical events between Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin, Elizabeth I of England. Richard Clifford (The Clandestine Marriage, She Stoops to Conquer, Elizabeth the Queen at Folger Theatre) directs this recent version translated by Peter Oswald. Kate Eastwood Norris stars in the title role opposite Holly Twyford as Queen Elizabeth I in a Tudor world flush with subterfuge and revenge.
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned in England under charges of attempted regicide. Can her captor and cousin, Queen Elizabeth, bring herself to sign the death decree? Mary Stuart tells the story of two majestic women who battle prejudice, greed, lust, and ultimately each other in one of the most thrilling depictions of political power games in history.
Moving from Shakespeare to Schiller, Folger Theatre continues its 2014/15 of classic theater through the centuries. "We are excited to bring to our stage another gripping political drama. This translation of Schiller's great play is a thrilling account of Elizabeth I and Mary, a story that has fascinated for centuries," stated Janet Griffin, Artistic Producer for Folger Theatre. "We have assembled a remarkable cast, including two of Folger's favorite actors in the lead roles, and we welcome again director Richard Clifford to create a production which I know our audience will find compelling and entertaining. We are also delighted that Peter Oswald will be joining us for the opening."
Peter Oswald's exciting translation, which was first seen at the Donmar Warehouse and had a critically acclaimed West End and Broadway run, captures all the intrigue, emotion, and drama of this story. Director Richard Clifford says, "I have always admired the play's vivid portrayal of royalty, zealotry, and the human side of politics." One of its many strengths is the debate concerning power, and the use of that power to further an end. But does the end justify the means?"
Joining Ms. Norris and Ms. Twyford is an extraordinary award-winning cast that includes Nancy Robinette as Hanna Kennedy, Cody Nickell as the Earl of Leicester, Craig Wallace as the Earl of Shrewsbury, Louis Butelli as Sir Amias Paulet, Rajesh Bose as Lord Burleigh, and Todd Scofield as Sir William Davison. The production also features Ray Dooley (Melvil), Paul-Emile Cendron (Mortimer), Jeff Keogh (Drugeon Drury), and Nathan Winkelstein (O'Kelly).
Mary Stuart plays at Folger Theatre from January 27 to March 8, 2015. Tickets are $40-$75. 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.
Pay-What-You-Can performance is on Tuesday, January 27, 7:30pm. Tickets will be available to the public one hour prior to the performance. Cash purchases only.
Peter Oswald, author of this new translation of Mary Stuart, and fellow poet/playwright Simon Armitage will celebrate the intersection of poetry and theater in an evening of Drama & Verse on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15, with a reception and book-signing to follow.
Poets Shelley Puhak and Gayle Danley read from their works in response to Mary Stuart on Friday, February 6 at 6:00pm. Admission is free.
College Night will be held on Friday, February 6 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15, with a valid student ID to be presented at the box office.
Small Group Discussion with Folger Director Michael Witmore will explore the play and take place on Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15, with light fare included.
Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger of the Folger Shakespeare Library unravels the tangled history behind the secret letters that led to the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots for a Folger Friday discussion on Friday, February 13 at 6:30pm. Admission is free.
Audience members are encouraged to stay and take part in our Post-Show Group Discussion with the cast of Mary Stuart on Thursday, February 19. This interactive discussion, led by Folger's resident dramaturg Michele Osherow, will follow the 7:30pm performance.
Folger Theatre's Brews & Banter Pre-Show Chat will be held on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30pm. Before the show, quench your thirst and join this small group talk with actor Kate Eastwood Norris (Mary Stuart). $15, with beer and light fare included.
Mary Stuart is presented alongside the Folger exhibition Decoding the Renaissance, which explores the science of cryptography during the Renaissance, when the art of secret writing came into its own. Curated by Bill Sherman, the exhibition showcases some 600 years of secret communication and is the finest collected ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers. On display in Folger's Great Hall now through February 26, 2015. Visit www.folger.edu/exhibitions for details; free.
Rajesh Bose (Lord Burleigh) - Off-Broadway: Roundabout Theatre: Indian Ink; Daryl Roth Theatre: Masked; National Asian American Theatre Company: The Seagull; Theatre 167: 167 Tongues, Jackson Heights 3AM. Regional theater: San Jose Repertory Theatre: Disconnect; Victory Gardens Theatre: Love Person; Mixed Blood Theatre: Love Person; Pittsburgh Public Theater: Wit, Much Ado About Nothing; Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre: The Cripple of Inishmaan, Tartuffe; Quantum Theatre: Indian Ink, The Arabian Night. Film: Frozen River. Television: Elementary, Damages, Criminal Minds, Days of Our Lives, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, The Sopranos.
Louis Butelli (Sir Amias Paulet) - Folger Theatre: Julius Caesar (2014, 2000), Twelfth Night (Helen Hayes nomination), Henry V, Henry VIII (Helen Hayes Award), Othello; Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Taming of the Shrew. Regional theaters include: ART, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Off-Broadway: Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, Agamemnon, Othello, Twelfth Night; The New Victory Theater: A Midsummer Night's Dream; 47th St. Theater and Ars Nova: CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera (also director, co-writer, NYMF Award, Pulitzer Jury nomination, 3 LA Weekly Award nominations). Television: The Knick, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Unusuals, All My Children. Numerous national and international tours. Co-founder, Psittacus Productions. psittacusco.org.
Paul-Emile Cendron (Mortimer) - Hangar Theater: Red; Saratoga Shakespeare Company: The Merchant of Venice; Theater in the Open: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest; Moscow Arts Theater: The Bear. Film: The Judge, Electric City.
Ray Dooley (Melvil and Count Aubespine) - Regional Theater: PlayMakers Repertory Company: 25 seasons, including King Lear, Uncle Vanya, Cyrano de Bergerac, Amadeus, An Iliad, The School for Wives, The Importance of Being Earnest, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Seattle Repertory Theater: Major Barbara; Yale Repertory Theatre: Sarcophagus; Hartford Stage: A Shayna Maidel; American Shakespeare Theater: Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Tempest: Huntington Theatre: Translations; many others. Broadway: Macbeth. Off-Broadway: CSC Repertory Company: Peer Gynt (OBIE Award, Distinguished Performance). International: Vienna's English Theatre: Doubt (European Premier), Citadel Theater; Edmonton, Canada: The Lark, Amadeus. Professor of Dramatic Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jeff Keogh (Drugeon Drury and Sheriff) - Folger Theatre: Romeo and Juliet (understudy); Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Round Table Theatre Company: Macbeth, Hamlet; The Playground Theatre: company member 2007-2010.
Cody Nickell (Earl of Leicester) - Folger Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew (Helen Hayes nomination), Arcadia (Helen Hayes nomination), The School for Scandal, Macbeth; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Stupid F***ing Bird (world premiere, Helen Hayes nomination), Clybourne Park (Helen Hayes nomination), In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play); Shakespeare Theatre Company: Romeo and Juliet. Regional: Gulfshore Playhouse: Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Art, All My Sons, The Game's Afoot, Blithe Spirit; Portland Center Stage: How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found (US premiere), The Pillowman, Outrage, The Merchant of Venice; Two River Theater Company: Macbeth, The Underpants; Shakespeare Santa Cruz: The Playboy of the Western World, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tamer Tamed; Arden Theatre Company: The Whipping Man, Crime and Punishment; Wilma Theater: The Understudy, Outrage; Stamford Theatre Works: Visiting Mr. Green (Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Best Actor); San Jose Repertory Theatre: Mary's Wedding (US Premiere); PlayMakers Repertory Company: Henry IV, Henry V, The Playboy of the Western World; Capital Repertory Theatre: Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Barrington Stage Company: A View From the Roof (US Premiere); FringeNYC: Rap. Off-Broadway: The Mac Wellmann Festival: Sincerity Forever; The Cherry Lane Alternative: The Allegory of Painting. Film and television: That '70s Show, All My Children, Celebrity Death Match, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Dorian Blues.
Kate Eastwood Norris (Mary Stuart) - Folger Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew (Helen Hayes nomination), Hamlet: Now I Am Alone, The School for Scandal, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helen Hayes Award), Much Ado About Nothing, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, She Stoops To Conquer, The Tempest, Hamlet (1999); Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Stupid F***ing Bird, (Helen Hayes nomination), Full Circle, Fever/Dream, She Stoops To Comedy (Helen Hayes Award), Big Love, Bug; Arena Stage: The Book Club Play; Source Theatre: Intimate Exchanges (Helen Hayes nomination), Private Eyes; Round House Theatre: A Body of Water; Actors' Theatre of Washington: Boston Marriage; Washington Shakespeare Company: Strange Interlude (Helen Hayes nomination), The Taming of the Shrew. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival: Gnit, Eat Your Heart Out; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Concerning Strange Devices From The Distant West; Shakespeare Santa Cruz: Much Ado About Nothing, The Playboy of the Western World, As You Like It, King Lear; Portland Center Stage: Bo-Nita, The North Plan, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found; Florida Stage: Ghostwriter; Delaware Theatre Company: Lucy; Two River Theater Company: The Pavilion; Wilma Theater: My Wonderful Day, Rock 'n Roll (2009 Barrymore Award); Arden Theatre Company: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Franklin's Apprentice; Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre: The False Servant, Uncle Vanya, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2; American Shakespeare Center: The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labor's Lost, Henry IV Part 2, Tartuffe, Measure for Measure, The Knight of The Burning Pestle.
Nancy Robinette (Hanna Kennedy) - Folger Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Heir Apparent, Government Inspector, Lady Windemere's Fan, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, The Rivals, The Little Foxes; Arena Stage: Ah Wilderness!, Well; Studio Theater: Tribes, Frozen, Souvenir; Scena Theatre: Happy Days, Mother Courage and Her Children, Stakeout at Godot's; Signature Theatre Company: Walter Cronkite is Dead, Eagle River, Available Light. Film: The Day Lincoln Was Shot, The Hunley, Serial Mom, Soldier Jack, Nutsmeg. Television: Louie, Homicide. Awards: Helen Hayes Award, Fox Fellow, Will Ensemble Award.
Todd Scofield (Sir William Davison and Count Bellievre) - Folger Theatre: Othello, Cyrano, Henry VIII, Hamlet, The Tempest, King Lear, Measure for Measure; Shakespeare Theatre Company: As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Design for Living, Twelfth Night, The Way of the World, The Imaginary Invalid, Lady Windermere's Fan, Henry IV parts 1 and 2; The Kennedy Center: Mister Roberts; Round House Theatre: Double Indemnity, Tabletop; Ford's Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Theater J: Bal Masque. Regional: North Carolina Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, The Three Sisters; Barter Theatre: Shenandoah, Hamlet, The Devil's Dream; Charlotte Repertory Theatre: The Misanthrope; PlayMakers: All's Well That Ends Well. Television: The Wire.
Holly Twyford (Queen Elizabeth) - Folger Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew, Orestes: A Tragic Romp, Arcadia, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Helen Hayes Award), All's Well That Ends Well, Melissa Arctic, Twelfth Night, Othello, As You Like It, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (Helen Hayes Award). Folger Consort: The Second Shepherds' Play, The Tempest; Signature Theatre Company: Twentieth Century, The Little Dog Laughed (Helen Hayes Award), A Fox on the Fairway; Round House Theatre: The Sisterhood, Living Out; Studio Theatre: Time Stands Still, The Road to Mecca, The Steward of Christendom, Desk Set, Betty's Summer Vacation, The Shape of Things (Helen Hayes Award), Far Away, Black Milk, The Internationalist; Theater J: Life in Refusal, There Are No Strangers, Lost in Yonkers; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: We Are Proud to Present ..., Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Stop Kiss, Recent Tragic Events; Arena Stage: A Long Day's Journey into Night, The Plough and the Stars, The Matchmaker, The Miser, Arcadia, On the Jump, An American Daughter. Regional: Arden Theatre Company: Private Lives, Candida. Directing: No Rules Theatre Company: Stop Kiss; Studio 2ndstage: Edgar and Annabel; Factory 449: The Amish Project.
Craig Wallace (Earl of Shrewsbury) - Folger Theatre: Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (Helen Hayes nomination), Cyrano (Helen Hayes nomination), Much Ado About Nothing (2009), Othello (2002), As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II,, The Government Inspector (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Tamburlaine, Edward II, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet; Ford's Theatre: The Laramie Project (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Our Town, Necessary Sacrifices, Sabrina Fair, Jitney; Arena Stage: K2, All My Sons, The Great White Hope, HotnThrobbing; Signature Theatre Company: Angels in America, parts 1 and 2 (Helen Hayes nomination); Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Last Orbit of Billy Mars, Tommy J & Sally, Our Lady of 121st Street, Starving; Round House Theatre: Young Robin Hood, Permanent Collection, Tabletop, The Little Prince; Everyman Theatre: The Cherry Orchard, The Soul Collector (world premiere); Studio Theatre: F**king A (2nd Stage). Regional theaters include: Hangar Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Nathan Winkelstein (O'Kelly and Sheriff) - Shakespeare Theatre Company: Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, As You Like It. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Texas Shakespeare Festival: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Two by Two, The Learned Ladies; Shakespeare in Delaware Park: The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, King Lear. Off- Broadway: WPPAC: Les Miserables; The Engeman Theatre: Camelot. International: Pendley Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost; Tobacco Factory: The Rivals.
The Creative Team:
Peter Oswald (Adaptor) - The Donmar Warehouse: Mary Stuart (West End and Broadway); Shakespeare's Globe (writer in residence): Augustine's Oak, The Golden Ass, The Storm; National Theatre: Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, Ramayana; The Gate Theatre: Odysseus (and tour), Shakuntala; Battersea Arts Centre: Phaedra, The House of Desires, Don Juan; Almeida: Dona Rosita; Bridge End Theatre: Oedipus Tyrannos; Lyric Studio: Don Carlos; Latchmere Theatre: Valdorama; Turtle Key Arts Centre: Allbright. Mr. Oswald's plays have been published by Oberon Books: Augustine's Oak, The Golden Ass, Odysseus, Ramayana, Mary Stuart, The Storm; by Methuen: Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards; by Oxford University Press: Don Carlos and Mary Stuart. Mr. Oswald has performed his poetry in venues and festivals including: The Rose Theatre, Southwark; South West Storytelling Festival; Crown Hill Fort, Plymouth; and the Globe Theatre among others.
Richard Clifford (Director) - Folger Theatre: The School for Scandal, The Game of Love and Chance, The Clandestine Marriage, Elizabeth the Queen (Helen Hayes nomination), All's Well That Ends Well, She Stoops to Conquer. Folger Consort: The Merchant of Venice (upcoming), The Tempest, The Fairy Queen and Comus. Other directing credits include: Intermountain Opera: The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Die Fledermaus; Breaking the Code, Playing the Wife. As an actor: Prospect Theatre Company at the Old Vic: Ivanov, Twelfth Night, Hamlet; Royal Shakespeare Company: Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing; Renaissance Theatre Company: As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet. Other acting credits include: An Ideal Husband, Henry V, Hedda Gabler, The Magistrate, She Stoops to Conquer, Love for Love, The Tempest, and The Apple Cart. Film: Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It. Other film credits include Carrington, Frankenstein, The Fool, and Little Dorrit. Television: The Fortunes of War, Queen of Swords, The Tudors, among others.
Tony Cisek (Scenic Design) - Folger Theatre: Julius Caesar, Richard III, 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 Design) - Folger Theatre: Julius Caesar, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Henry VIII (Associate Costume Designer), Othello (Associate Costume Designer). Regional: Goodspeed Opera/Norma Terris Theatre: Both Barrels; 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 Association: 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.
Rob Denton (Lighting Design) - Folger Theatre: Romeo and Juliet. The Kennedy Center: Children of Eden; Imagination Stage: Rumpelstiltskin. Regional: The Repertory Theatre of St Louis: The Winslow Boy; The Muny: Porgy & Bess, Seussical, Mary Poppins, West Side Story; HERE Art Center: You Are Dead You Are Here; Court Theatre: Caroline or Change; Memphis Opera: The Mikado, Hansel and Gretel; Minnesota Opera: Madame Butterfly; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: La Boheme, Madame Butterfly.
Patrick Calhoun (Sound Design) - Folger Theatre: Richard III (assistant), Twelfth Night (assistant). Other theaters include: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Theatre J, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Hub Theatre (company member), Anacostia Playhouse, No Rules Theatre Company, The National Gallery of Art, Dance Exchange; Regional theaters include: Center Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, Triad Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Festival Opera, Theatre West Virginia, The Arts Collective at HCC.
Michele Osherow (Resident Dramaturg) - Folger Theatre: Julius Caesar, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet (dramaturg and actor), 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 21 awards and 125 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) and in 2013 for The Taming of the Shrew. In September 2012, Folger Theatre brought from London Shakespeare's Globe's Hamlet for the company's first Washington appearance. Earlier this season, Folger's collaboration with Shakespeare's Globe continued with the World-to-World two-year global tour of Hamlet, as well as their on tour production of King Lear featuring Joseph Marcell. 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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