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2019 Season

The Book of Will

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Melinda Pfundstein
June 28 – September 5, 2019 Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have the world’s most memorable plays— and without his friends, we wouldn’t know he wrote them. After the Bard’s death, his quick-witted fellow actors realize that the plays they love are being muddled and even lost; they know they need to publish a collection of his plays. Thus, they launch a warm-hearted and often comic mission to print “the book” of his plays and save his legacy.

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Artistic Staff

DIRECTOR: Melinda Pfundstein
SCENIC DESIGNER: Apollo Mark Weaver
COSTUME DESIGNER: David Kay Mickelsen
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Michael Pasquini
SOUND DESIGNER/ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSER: Lindsay Jones
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Brandon Scott Grayson
DRAMATURG: Kathryn M. Moncrief
VOICE AND TEXT COACH: Jeremy Sortore
FIGHT DIRECTOR: Benjamin Reigel
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Megan Brunsvold Mercedes
STAGE MANAGER: Dana Angellis*

Scene: London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England; 1619–1623

There will be one intermission.

Cast

WILLIAM JAGGARD, SIR EDWARD DERING, BARMAN: Russ Benton*
REBECCA HEMINGES, ANNE HATHAWAY: Katie Cunningham*
RICHARD BURBAGE, BEN JONSON, HORATIO: Todd Denning*
MARUCS, BOY HAMLET, CRIER, BERNARDO: Isabella Giordano†
ELIZABETH CONDELL, EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, FRUIT SELLER, MARCELLUS: Sarah Hollis*
ED KNIGHT, ISAAC JAGGARD: Josh Jeffers
RALPH CRANE, BARMAN, COMPOSITOR, FRANCISCO: Mauricio Miranda
JOHN HEMINGES: Chris Mixon*
ALICE HEMINGES, SUSANNAH SHAKESPEARE: Betsy Mugavero*
HENRY CONDELL: René Thornton Jr.*
ENSEMBLE: Russ Benton*, Katie Cunningham*, Todd Denning*, Isabella Giordano†, Sarah Hollis*, Josh Jeffers, Mauricio Miranda, Chris Mixon*, Betsy Mugavero*, René Thornton Jr.*

Understudies               

Russ Benton*—John Heminges/ Ensemble; Bailey Blaise—Alice Heminges/ Susannah Shakespeare/ Boy Hamlet/ Marcus/ Bernardo/ Ensemble; Ben Cano—Barman/ Ralph Crane/ Compositor/ Francisco/ Ensemble; Lena Conatser†—Rebecca Heminges/ Anne Hathaway/ Ensemble; Todd Denning*—Henry Condell/ Ensemble; Connor Padilla—Richard Burbage/ Barman/ Ben Jonson/ Horatio/ William Jaggard/ Sir Edward Dering/ Ensemble; Tatem Trotter—Elizabeth Condell/ Emelia Bassano Lanier/ Fruit Seller/ Marcellus/ Ensemble; Tristan Turner—Ed Knight/ Isaac Jaggard/ Ensemble

Understudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performance.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

†Appearing courtesy of the Southern Utah University Fellowship Program.

The director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

The costume and sound designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.

Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

The Book of Will is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Originally commissioned and produced at the Denver Center Theatre Company, a division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Kent Thompson, Artistic Director)

 Subsequent rolling world premiere produced by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Garrison, New York (Davis McCallum, Artistic Director; Kate Liberman, Managing Director)

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Duration
2 hours, 15 minutes

Content Advisory
The Book of Will is set in the early 1620s but has a somewhat modern sensibility. It is the story of Shakespeare’s friends and their endeavors to publish the Bard’s work. The play includes some mild adult language and humor in harmony with Shakespeare’s plays but is suitable for most audiences.

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