To celebrate Folger Theatre’s new production of The Winter’s Tale, we asked our followers on Twitter and Instagram to share stagings and illustrations of the famous “statue scene” from the end of the play with the hashtag #ImaginingShakespeare. We also delved into the Folger collection and shared some images of our own. Check those out and learn more about the scene in our previous post.
— Folger Library (@FolgerLibrary) March 12, 2018
We got responses from Shakespeare companies, scholars, and former Hermiones. Here are a few of our favorites:
"You said this story was kind of like a fairy tale,” @nicole_soojung's daughter reflected after 2016's #WintersTaleOSF, “and in fairy tales, magic isn’t strange at all. It’s just normal.” #ImaginingShakespeare #RepresentationMatters @FolgerLibrary @Hazlitt https://t.co/VmoVDy4PQZ
— Oregon Shakespeare (@osfashland) March 12, 2018
— Chesapeake Shakes (@chesapeakeshake) March 12, 2018
— Rosalyn Sklar (@r_sklar) March 12, 2018
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When I played Hermione, I came back to life, definitely. But those 16 years of not-alive were not without reconciling and forgiveness. I felt Leontes tortured himself enough, and when I woke, it was our shared grief that connected us. Everything was different. We were broken souls, but we were home. #imaginingshakespeare
— Joanne M. Kaufman (@JoanneMKaufman3) March 12, 2018
When I teach "The Winter's Tale," my favorite film clip is from John Barton's "Playing Shakespeare," embedded in of one of the episodes. Nothing but the actors in street clothes, an old blanket for a statue shawl, and the beautiful spectacle of forgiveness. #imaginingshakespeare https://t.co/Qssb0xhBKi
— Courtney Bailey Parker (@cbaileyparker) March 13, 2018
— Shakespeare & Pictures (@ShakesPic) March 12, 2018
— Mikey Goodman (@DrMikeyGoodman) March 12, 2018
One of the more interesting stagings I have seen was at The Old Globe in 2005 they did the statue as a Pieta. Hermione was draped across the lap of the actress playing Time
— Diane Wilshere (@petricat666) March 12, 2018
Finally, Twitter user @Judy1564 reminds us that The Winter’s Tale isn’t the only story that prominently features a statue. The characters in Shakespeare’s play might have to escape bears, but at least they don’t have to deal with apes.
— 🚴 HeyJude 🎤🎭 (@judy1564) March 12, 2018
A huge thank you to all of our friends who shared a statue scene! Keep an eye on #ImaginingShakespeare as we explore more iconic scenes from Shakespeare’s plays with the help of the Folger collection.