The Book of Will

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:00 pm
Folger Theatre
Free, reservations requested

Join us for a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson's new play about the creation of Shakespeare's First Folio, directed by Eleanor Holdridge.

Gunderson, America’s most produced living playwright of the season*, weaves a hilarious and heartfelt tale inspired by the true story of Shakespeare’s First Folio and how it came to be. After his death, Shakespeare’s friends Henry Condell and John Heminges join forces to preserve the plays he left behind – but not without hi-jinks and setbacks along the way. Follow the two actors and their cohorts as they embark on the mission that saved Shakespeare’s words.

The Book of Will was developed at the Colorado New Play Summit, and commissioned by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 

Director Eleanor Holdridge returns to Folger Theatre, having directed The Gaming Table in 2012. She currently serves as Head of the MFA Directing Program at Catholic University of America.

The cast is in formation and includes:

Desiree Chappelle
JaBen Early
Chris Dinolfo
Shanara Gabrielle
Chris Genebach
Mitchell Hebert
Brandon McCoy
Cody Nickell
Kate Eastwood Norris
Ashley Smith
Erin Weaver

The staged reading is free, though reservations are required.  

*Shakespeare continues his long reign as the most-produced playwright in America and is omitted from this survey.