1 Henry IV (2019)

Folger Theatre produced William Shakespeare's 1 Henry IV, directed by Rosa Joshi, from September 3rd to October 13th 2019.

1 Henry IV cast prepare for battle. C. Stanley Photography.


"What is honor?" Prince Hal spends his days carousing in seedy taverns with criminals and lowly commoners, much to the dismay of his father, King Henry IV. Winding from the Boar's Head Tavern to the shadows of Gad’s Hill, Hal’s path to the throne may be unusual, but it eventually leads him to the one place where questions of honor and reputation come to a head: the battlefield.


Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (**), United Scenic Artists (***), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Peter Crook*, King Henry IV
  • Maboud Ebrahimzadeh*, Blunt/Mortimer
  • Tyler Fauntleroy*, Hotspur
  • Edward Gero*, Falstaff
  • Naomi Jacobson*, Worcester
  • Jordan Lee, Lady Mortimer
  • Maribel Martinez*, Lady Percy
  • Alex Michell, Prince John/Gadshill
  • Sam Midwood, Peto & Douglas
  • Kate Eastwood Norris*, Mistress Quickly/Vernon
  • Todd Scofield*, Westmoreland/Bardolph
  • Jazmine Stewart, Poins
  • U. Jonathan Toppo*, Northumberland/Glendower
  • Avery Whitted*, Prince Hal


  • Matt Castleman, Westmoreland/Bardolph
  • Acacia Danielson, Lady Mortimer/Poins
  • Maboud Ebrahimzadeh*, King Henry IV
  • Jon Kevin Lazarus, Prince John/Gadshill
  • Jordan Lee, Lady Percy
  • Sam Midwood, Hotspur
  • Jeff Rabb, Nothumberland/Glendower
  • Keanu Ross-Cabrera, Blunt/Mortimer/Peto/Douglas
  • Jack Schmitt, Prince Hal
  • Todd Scofield*, Falstaff
  • Alana Dodds Sharp, Worcester
  • Jazmine Stewart, Mistress Quickly/Vernon

Creative Team

  • William Shakespeare, Playwright
  • Rosa Joshi**, Director
  • Alice Gosti, Movement Director and Choreographer
  • Sara Ryung Clement***, Scenic Design
  • Kathleen Geldard***, Costume Design
  • Jesse Belsky***, Lighting Design
  • Palmer Hefferan***, Original Music and Sound Design
  • U. Jonathan Toppo***, Fight Choreographer
  • Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
  • Manna-Symone Middlebrooks, Assistant Director and Folger Casting
  • Eisenburg/Beans Casting, New York Casting
  • Kate Kilbane*, Production Stage Manager
  • Juliet Jewett*, Assistant Stage Manager

Production Team

  • Kelli Jones, Production Assistant
  • U. Johnathan Toppo, Fight Captain
  • Raquel Sequeira, Dramaturgical Intern
  • Bella Faccia Inc., Set Construction
  • Almquist Properties, Prop Master
  • Austin Conlee and Heather Lockard, Assistant Costume Designers
  • Cindey Forkpah, Wardrobe Head
  • Jenn Pinkos, First Hand
  • Daisy Howard, Stitcher
  • Alex Keen, Master Electrician
  • Kristen Roth, Assistant Master Electrician
  • Brandon Roe, Sound Engineer
  • Shelbe Overby, for Eisenburg/Beans Casting Casting Intern
  • OpenBox9, Graphic Design and Advertisement Agency
  • Emily Tartanella, Marketing Design Consultant
  • Brittany Diliberto and Bee Two Sweet Photography, Promotional Photography
  • C. Stanley Photography, Production Photography
  • Mark Fastoso and Leon Swerdel-Rich, Promotional and Production Video
  • WAPAVA, Archival Video
  • C2, Open Captioning

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Beth Emelson, Associate Artistic Producer
  • David Polk, General Manager
  • Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager
  • Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director
  • Katelyn Manfre, Humanities Program Coordinator

Other Media


"Absolutely stunning" - BroadwayWorld DC

"Riveting theater ... powerfully good" - Metro Weekly

"Simply spectacular ... perfectly cast and beautifully executed" - DC Metro Theater Arts

"A must-see for Shakespeare fans" - MD Theatre Guide

"Edward Gero has a ball as Falstaff" - Brightest Young Things

1 Henry IV is "all about mythmaking: how we talk about our leaders and about our own triumphs, or lack thereof" - DCist

"1 Henry IV comes intensely alive ... profound and powerful" - The Culpeper Times

"Richly satisfying" - The Free Lance-Star

"An impeccable production ... the acting is fabulous" - Prince George's Sentinel

"Slick, stylish, and strong ... deftly balances the personal and the political" - Theatre Bloom

"Masterful ... a tremendously satisfying and heroic production" - The Zebra

"Rosa Joshi delivers an electric 1 Henry IV" - The Rogers Revue

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