Papers on a clothes line with a print of Shakespeare

The Book of Will

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson

August 31, 2022 to September 18, 2022
Hormel Theatre

An unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter that sheds new light on a man you may think you know – in a race to preserve his legacy.

Lauren Gunderson’s witty and moving play follows Henry Condell and John Heminges who are dedicated to preserving the works and memory of their good friend William Shakespeare – which is quickly being erased and endangered by the plagiarism of his work at the Globe Theatre. In a chaotic rush to collect what will eventually be the First Folio, they join forces with his acting troupe and face a wide array of characters and obstacles who threaten the bard’s legacy forever. The Book of Will is as much of a love letter to Shakespeare as it is to the love of language, theatre, and friendship.

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Act One: 1 hour and 3 minutes, Intermission: 15 minutes, Act Two: 53 minutes.

Content warnings: discussions of death and a brief offensive moment to people who have a stutter (that characters in the play admonish).

 

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The Artists

Tony Blosser
As Ben Johnson/Sir Edward Dering/Horatio/Barman
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Katie Calderone
As Marcus/Boy Hamlet/Crier/Bernardo
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Scott Davidson
As Richard Burbage/William Jaggard
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Grant Goodman
As Henry Condell
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Michael Kary
As John Heminges
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Dean Mitchell Kelldorf
As Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard
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Regina Pugh
As Rebecca Heminges/Anne Hathaway Shakespeare
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Bonnie Beus Romney
As Alice Heminges/Susannah Shakespeare
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Seth Tucker
As Ralph Crane/Compositor/Barman/Francisco
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Jodie Weiss
As Elizabeth Condell/Emilia Bassano Lanier/Fruit Seller/Marcellus
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Amie Bjorklund
As Elizabeth et al/Rebecca et al Swing
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Louis Farber
As Burbage et al/Ben et al Swing
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Justin Jutras
As John/Henry Swing
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Emily Mohney
As Alice et al/Marcus et al Swing
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Michael Thompson
As Ralph Crane et al/Ed Isaac et al Swing
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The Artists

Tony Blosser
As Ben Johnson/Sir Edward Dering/Horatio/Barman
View Bio
Katie Calderone
As Marcus/Boy Hamlet/Crier/Bernardo
View Bio
Scott Davidson
As Richard Burbage/William Jaggard
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Grant Goodman
As Henry Condell
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Michael Kary
As John Heminges
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Dean Mitchell Kelldorf
As Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard
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Regina Pugh
As Rebecca Heminges/Anne Hathaway Shakespeare
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Bonnie Beus Romney
As Alice Heminges/Susannah Shakespeare
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Seth Tucker
As Ralph Crane/Compositor/Barman/Francisco
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Jodie Weiss
As Elizabeth Condell/Emilia Bassano Lanier/Fruit Seller/Marcellus
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Amie Bjorklund
As Elizabeth et al/Rebecca et al Swing
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Louis Farber
As Burbage et al/Ben et al Swing
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Justin Jutras
As John/Henry Swing
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Emily Mohney
As Alice et al/Marcus et al Swing
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Michael Thompson
As Ralph Crane et al/Ed Isaac et al Swing
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The Creative Team

Director Melissa Rain Anderson+

Scenic Designer Douglas Clarke◊

Lighting Designer Nathaniel White

Costume Designer Ashley Gamba◊

Hair/Makeup Designer Shelby Joiner

Sound Designer Chris Neumeyer

Properties Master Sarah Harris

Director of Production Karla Frederick

Company Manager/Associate Production Manager Tyler Welden

Stage Manager David A. Vandervliet*

Asst. Stage Manager Maylea Bauers*

◊ Member of United Scenic Artists
+ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Select Mask Required Performances

Select performances have been designated "Mask Required" to ensure all audiences have an opportunity to attend a performance in an environment they are comfortable in: September 11, 2022 at 7:00pm.

ASL/Audio Describe Night

Audio Description and American Sign Language Interpretation are available for each production. ASL/Audio Describe Night is Thursday, September 15 for The Book of Will.