There is a new production at the Adobe Theater called “The Book of Will” by Lauren Gunderson.
Gunderson is one of America’s most exciting new playwrights with more than 25 plays to
her credit and was most recently listed as America’s most-produced living playwright.
In the years following Shakespeare’s death in 1616, the fate of his plays was highly uncertain. Play scripts were hardly considered literature at all, and, in a time free from copyright laws, Shakespeare’s plays were being stolen, bastardized, and rewritten by anyone with a quill. By 1623, with the actors who knew the plays by heart dying off, it appeared that nearly half of his plays would be lost forever. It was at this point that John Heminges and Henry Condell, two actors in Shakespeare’s company and close friends of the playwright, set out to pull together accurate versions of some 36 of his plays into a single volume, the so-called First Folio of 1623. The task was daunting and the goal elusive; time after time it appears they have failed. Director Brian Hansen says of the play, “The Book of Will” is a story of professional love and commitment shot through with intrigue, back-biting, and the very real possibility that much of the work of our world’s greatest playwright would be lost forever. Somehow Shakespeare’s friends (and rivals!) beg, borrow, and band together to get a seemingly impossible job done.
Amidst the noise and color of 17th Century England, The Book of Will follows an unforgettable
true story of love, loss, and laughter and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.”
This is a big story involving a big cast; 24 roles will be portrayed by 16
skilled actors, many who audiences will remember from past Adobe Theater performances.
including Phil Shortell, Harry Zimmerman, Ronda Lewis, and Linda Williams.
The Book of Will
July 6-July 29
The Adobe Theater, 9813
4th Street NW Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
$20, Discount $17 (Seniors, Students, ATG/PBS Members, Military, First Responders)
Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $15
For tickets click here.