The Book of Will

My partner and I have very different opinions about this play, and I think I know why.

By Andrew Andrews

Michael Frohnhoefer and Robert Yarnall star in County Players’ production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will, directed by Andrew Karl. Original photos by Louisa Vilardi Photography.

Three years after the death of William Shakespeare, his fellow actors lament that theatre is devolving into a caricature of its former self. Young, untalented men perform poorly-pirated copies of the Bard’s plays, and unscrupulous printers publish lackluster titles under the master’s name, claiming ignorance when their authenticity is challenged.

When Richard Burbage of Shakespeare’s company (The Kings Men) suddenly dies, the two remaining members John Heminges and Henry Condell worry that the Bard’s true bibliography will be lost to history… so Henry convinces John that they must collect all the legitimate scripts they can find, edit the works as accurately as possible, and publish them as Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies—better known today as The First Folio.

The cast and crew includes Rosemary Evaul (costumes), Frohnhoefer, Michele George, Julie Seltzer, Donna Conway (costumes), Yarnall, Macy McKnight, Kevin Barnes (lights), Karl, Douglas Woolley, Connie E. Boden (costumes), Kevin McCarthy, Sr., Kevin McCarthy, Jr., Declan McCarthy and David Ringwood.

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