Auditions for THE BOOK OF WILL
THE BOOK OF WILL
- by Lauren Gunderson
- Directed by Boomie Pedersen
- Produced by Francine Smith
Auditions Dates: Sunday, January 13 and Monday, January 14
- Callbacks: Wednesday, January 17
- Rehearsals Begin: Sunday, February 3
- Performance Dates: Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 28 in the Gibson Theater
THE STORY: Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, THE BOOK OF WILL finds an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter, and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.
“THE BOOK OF WILL…unequivocally announces Gunderson as a playwright with whom to be reckoned. It is, quite frankly, one of the best plays I have ever seen. It will bring tears of both laughter and sorrow to all but the most jaded audience member’s eyes. It is, in a word, a triumph.” —Boulder Weekly (CO). “[Gunderson] has peopled the stage with lively, historically based characters…She paints a vivid portrait of the times in language sometimes formal, sometimes poetic and often…contemporary…She also gives a real feel for theater life and what it means to be an actor; you sense this is a work of both scholarship and love…[THE BOOK OF WILL] serves as homage to those who sacrificed to make the first folio happen and to Shakespeare’s magnificent words.” —Westword (Denver, CO).
HENRY CONDELL – 40, feisty, hopeful friend and actor in the King’s Men.
JOHN HEMINGES – 50, reasonable friend and financial manager of the King’s Men; owner of the Globe Tap House; a good man, a gentleman, if serious.
RICHARD BURBAGE – 50s, seasoned lion of the stage, famous across England, loud and proud.
ALICE HEMINGES – 35, John’s daughter and alewife, knows everyone and hangs with the boys.
BOY HAMLET – Young actor
BARMAN – Ruffian
BARMAN 2 – Drunk
BEN JOHNSON – Poet laureate of England, friend/rival of Shakespeare; amazing drunk; a bear of a man; surprisingly weepy.
ELIZABETH CONDELL – Henry’s wife, savvy and fun.
REBECCA HEMINGES – John’s wife, a good wife. Strong, busy with their grocery business, a woman who has weathered much, but loves her husband and sons and God.
ED KNIGHT – “Stage manager” for the King’s Men, self-serious and particular.
RALPH CRANE – Humble scrivener of the King’s Men. Quick, sure, quiet.