Shreveport theater company honors legend Richard Folmer with new show

When the artistic director and co-founder of The Company Repertory Theater Richard Sloan Folmer unexpectedly died on Jan. 11, 2022, all of his upcoming productions stopped. The community mourned the man who touched so many lives, “He meant so much to all of us, he was an icon, a titan, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by him,” said the president of the Board of Directors of the Trey Jackson Repertory Theater Company.

As Jackson went through his grief it occurred to him that a good way to honor his friend’s memory would be to direct the play that Folmer was going to do next, but never got the chance to finish Blithe Spirit.

The 1941 comedy play was written by British author Noël Coward and tells the story of author Charles Condomine, who invites the medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance in hopes of getting material for his next book.

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