The Book of Will

By Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Karen Lund

An unforgettable true story! In an act of undying devotion, Shakespeare's best friends race to do the impossible: Publish every play he wrote. This irreverent, witty, and surprisingly modern tale celebrates friendship, found family, and an unselfish act that changed the world forever. From the author of Silent Sky  and the Christmas at Pemberley  series.

Cast
Reginald André Jackson* – Henry Condell
Eric Jensen* – John Heminges
Nolan Palmer – Richard Burbage/William Jaggard
Nikki Visel – Elizabeth Condell/Emilia Bassano Lanier/Fruit Seller
Llysa Holland – Rebecca Heminges/Anne Hathaway Shakespeare/Marcellus
Andrew Litzky – Ralph Crane/Barman/Francisco/Compositor
Melanie Godsey – Alice Heminges/Susannah Shakespeare
Christopher Clark – Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard
William Eames – Boy Hamlet/Crier/Bernardo/Marcus
Nik Doner – Ben Johnson/Barman 2/Horatio/Sir Edward Dering

Understudies
Joe Moore – Marcus/Boy Hamlet/Crier/ Bernardo/Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard
Mark Kuntz – John Heminges/Richard Burbage/William Jaggard/Horatio/Ben Johnson/Barman 2/Sir Edward Dering
Jeff Allen Pierce – Henry Condell/Ralph Crane/Barman/Compositor/Francisco
Zandi Carlson – Elizabeth Condell/Emilia Bassano Lanier/Fruit Seller/Marcellus/Rebecca Heminges/Anne Hathaway Shakespeare/Alice Heminges/Susannah Shakespeare

*AEA – Actors’ Equity Association

Production Team
Director – Karen Lund**
Assistant Director – Nik Nolen
Scenic & Sound Design – Mark Lund
Costume Design – Nanette Acosta
Lighting Design – Michael Wellborn†
Stage Manager – Kathryn Louise*
Dramaturg – Dami Munroe
Dialect Coach – Leah Fishbaugh

Production Crew
• Crew:
Prop Master – Brandon Riel
Assistant Stage Manager – Grace Heller 
Backstage Crew Swing – Rebecca Gelzer
• Casting: 
Casting Director – Bretteney Beverly 
• Costume Staff:  
Dresser – Autumn Tustin
Draper – Martha Mitchell 
First Hand – Scian Hayes
Stitcher – Scian Hayes, Veronica Dimoff, Alexandra McCoy
Wig Designer – Jenn Hill
Wig Specialist – Jenn Hill
• Scenic and Lighting Staff:
Master Electrician – Aiyana Stephens
Scenic Carpenter – Tim Samland† 
Light Board Operator – Tiana Price
Sound Board Operator – Rex Waters
Electricians – Anna Van Vleet, Kathryn Louise, Madeleine Rush, Matthew Ray, Morgan Poirer
Scenic Strike/Load-In – Tamir Lehrer†, Ananda Portal†, Christopher Rocco†, Johann Wippich†

†All stage work performed by employees represented by I.A.T.S.E., Local No. 15.

  • RUN TIME: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including 15-minute intermission
  • RUN DATES: Jan 24–Feb 24, 2024
  • AGE REC: 14+
  • PRICE: $25-62, dependent on day and time; fees may apply. Pay-what-you-can performance Jan 31 at 7:30 pm.
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  • Study Guide: To come.
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