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FROM THE FOLGER: Shakespeare Plus: 16th-century divas, Shylock's antithesis, an early Bard biographer, and more
Allen Brown on Commedia Dell'Arte's Actresses
dell’arte troupes first came to London in the
1570s, the presence of Italian actresses began to
change English attitudes about what theater could be,
what plays should be about, and—maybe most
importantly—who could play female roles.
The Diva’s Gift to the Shakespearean Stage
you listen to the podcast interview with Pamela Allen
Brown, read this excerpt from her new book, The
Diva’s Gift to the Shakespearean Stage, in which
she explores the impact of Italian actresses on
Shakespeare's character of Juliet.
off the successful film adaptation of Where We Belong
last summer, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, in association
with the Folger, is launching a national tour of Madeline
Sayet's solo show Where We Belong, directed by Mei Ann
We Belong, Mohegan theater-maker Madeline Sayet travels to
England in 2015 to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare, echoing a
journey braved by Native ancestors in the 1700s following
treatise betrayals. Read more about the tour in The
Washington Post, and revisit the Folger's 2021 podcast
interview with Madeline Sayet.
Image Credits: Madeline Sayet in Where We Belong.
Photo by Jon Burkland. | Em Whitworth as Rachel and Eric Hissom as
Nathan in Theater J and Folger Theatre’s production of Nathan
the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell