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Folger Theatre performed their production of texts&beheadings/ElizabethR from September 19 to October 4, 2015 in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre.

Monique Barbee, Cristina Spina, Ayeje Feamster, and Juliana Francis-Kelly, texts&beheadings/ElizabethR, directed and created by Karin Coonrod, Folger Theatre, 2015. Teresa Wood.

Drawing in part on Elizabeth I’s letters and other material in the Folger collection, this devised theatre piece uses Elizabeth’s own words to reveal her wit, courage, and extraordinary love of her people.  Four actresses portray the resilient queen in this compelling, multilingual drama. Through poems, prayers, and private letters, the woman who swore that she would not make windows into men’s souls reveals her own.


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.


  • Monique Barbee*: Elizabeth
  • Ayeje Feamster*: Elizabeth
  • Juliana Francis-Kelly*: Elizabeth
  • Cristina Spina*: Elizabeth

Creative team

  • Karin Coonrod Creator and Director
  • Gina Leishman, Composer
  • John Conklin, Dramaturgy and Scenic Design
  • Oana Botez, Costume Design
  • Peter Ksander, Lighting Design
  • Adrian Silver, Movement
  • Jon Carter, Hair and Makeup Design
  • Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
  • C.A. Clark*, Stage Manager
  • Alyce Dissette, Compagnia de' Colombari, Producer

Production team

  • Teresa Wood, Casting Assistant
  • Elizabeth Brodie, Production Assistant
  • Cidney Forkpah, Wardrobe Head
  • Brittany Shemuga, Assistant Lighting Designer
  • Erin Teachman, Master Electrician
  • Amanda Kircher, Light Board Operator
  • Teresa Wood, Production Photography
  • C2 Ink., Open Captioning

For Compagnia de' Colombari

  • Nick Ryckert, Production Manager
  • Gigi Buffington, Voice and Text
  • Lydia Gay, Costume Construction
  • Katherine Shelton, Assistant Stage Manager

Foger 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
  • Katherine Pitt, Humanities Programs Assistant


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