In her new play, playwright Lauren Gunderson—who happens to be the most produced American playwright in 2017-2018—recounts the trials and tribulations of the publication of the 1623 first Folio of Shakespeare’s plays. THE BOOK OF WILL introduces us to John Heminges and Henry Condell, Shakespeare’s closest friends, without whom we might have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays! After the death of their friend and mentor, Shakespeare’s cronies
determine to compile a definitive copy of his original plays. In order to do so, however, they’ll have to contend with an unscrupulous
publisher, a drunken poet laureate, and even their own mortality. Set in the bustle of Elizabethan London, Lauren Gunderson’s THE BOOK OF WILL is a lively, funny, poignant love letter to theater.
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.
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- By Lauren Gunderson
- Directed by Boomie Pedersen