The Book of Will
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott
May 7 – June 4, 2023
History, humor, and hijinks abound in this love letter to theater and friendship. After Shakespeare’s death, his friends, who also happen to be his fellow members of the King’s Men, are struck with the epiphany that it is up to them to preserve and print Will’s famous plays which otherwise exist only in script fragments and aging memories. Peppered with some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines, this fresh, modern look at the Bard is a must-see whether you love Shakespeare, origin stories, or tales of friendship.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including one 15-minute intermission
“STAGE RAW TOP TEN… RECOMMENDED… surprisingly suspenseful — a gripping, edge of your seat yarn… first rate.”
-F. Kathleen Foley, Stage Raw
“A DELIGHT… funny [and] fascinating… one of the most emotionally satisfying and exciting moments I’ve experienced in the theatre."
-Michael Doherty, Mostly Shakespeare
“WOW… GLORIOUSLY STAGED… the fascinating, illuminating, crowd-pleasing latest from A Noise Within… this modern classic is as magical as they get.”
-Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA
“SMART, FUNNY AND POIGNANT… ANW’s production is sharply compelling, with well-timed humor and poignant depth, making it both interesting and highly entertaining.”
-Anita W. Harris, LA Theatrix
“FIRST-RATE… the company can play the comedic, crowd-pleasing beats, and they can pluck the heartstrings with equal aplomb.”
-Evan Henerson, Broadway World
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