Dromgoole and the folks at the Folger are hoping to collaborate again. “We’ve got massive respect for [the Folger’s] standing in the world of Shakespeare,” Dromgoole said.
The biggest perk of being in the Folger, however, is just that: being in the Folger. As in inside, period.
“They were in big fields with wind blasting in their faces,” Dromgoole said of the tour’s previous stops.
“We’ve had some proper, proper downpours,” Benz said. “It’s been epic.”
Through Sept. 22, 201 East Capitol St. SE, www.folger.edu, 202-544-7077.
Mark your calendars
It’s been a wet, hot American summer with too many reruns and not enough theater. Now that Washington stages are lighting up again, Backstage checked in with some artistic directors around town to see what shows they can’t wait to see.
Mary Resing, Active Cultures Theatre Company
“My passion, my obsession, is locally specific theater, so I’m really delighted that there’s two shows coming out that I think are very locally specific. The first is ‘The Hampton Years’ at Theater J, by Jacqueline Lawton. . . . It should be a wonderful, magical, emotionally stirring piece.” The second is “Good People” at Arena Stage, by “tried and true Southie” David Lindsay-Abaire. “His local culture and experience permeates all his work.”
Rachel Grossman, dog & pony dc
“I’m looking forward to catching the 5th Dentist’s production of Michael Merino’s new play ‘Hemispheric Dysfunctionalism & the Cortical Titanic.’ I saw his last two shows produced at the Capital Fringe Festival and, had tickets been available, would have see both a second time. . . . Merino’s work playfully romps through complex super-intellectual theories and principles.”
Ari Roth, Theater J
His first choice: The National Theatre of Scotland’s “Black Watch” at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. “I’m really glad they’re bringing it back. . . . From everything I’ve read, it’s a harrowing, thrilling, kinetic play about war, and a mind-blowing experience.”
Janet Stanford, Imagination Stage
“I am looking forward to Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Metamorphoses’ at Arena Stage. I always find this director’s work inspiring and the fact that this show involves a large pool whets my theatrical appetite!”