'The Book of Will': Our video tour of the set

by John Moore | Jan 24, 2017


Video tour:
Check out our two-part video tour of The Book of Will set with Scenic Designer Sandra Goldmark. In the newest installment, Goldmark talks about many subtle, intentional anachronisms tucked throughout her playful set in the Ricketson Theatre.

Why is there a red model car on that shelf, when the story is set in 1623? Why is there a sign that explains how to call the local poison-center help line? Why is there a photo of longtime former DCPA Theatre Company member John Hutton on the wall? Why does the printer, named Crane (played by Rodney Lizcano), have a ticket to the Ice Capades tacked to his bulletin board? Why does he have an electric light, a pencil shaver ... and a New York Mets bobble-head doll?

Why? 

"We are trying to create a very rich world that has a link from today all the way back to Shakespeare's time," said Goldmark. "None of it is real. It's all fake. It's all a story - and that's the fun. We are creating our own version of 'real,' and our version of real has bobble-head dolls." To read more on this fun subject, click here.

In the first part of our series, Goldmark explains why she consistently brings her personal interest in climate change and sustainability into her her work across the country. So her sets are almost entirely made up of reclaimed and recycled materials, or in the case of the DCPA, pulled from storage. “I hope that adds a richness and history and integrity to the objects and the materials that are on stage,” Goldmark said.

Watch the videos to learn how the Ricketson Theatre floor, for example, is now made up of old wooden bleacher boards that came from an old school gymnasium. The beams and railings that denote the Globe Theatre come from trees that were cut down to make room for the expansion of a local ski resort.

Videos by David Lenk and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

More reading: Wait, why is there a bobble-head on that set?

'The Book of Will' in Denver


Photo gallery
: The photos above are from the opening performance of the DCPA Theatre Company's The Book of Will include backstage preparations, opening-night gifts, the opening afterparty and a personal tour of the set. To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above. All photos are downloadable from our Flickr site above. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

The Book of Will: Ticket information
The Book of WillWithout William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without two of his friends, we would have lost Shakespeare’s plays forever. A comic and heartfelt story of the characters behind the stories we know so well.

Through Feb. 26
Ricketson Theatre
ASL and Audio-Described Matinee 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4
303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

Production photo gallery:

The Book of Will- 2016-17 Theatre Company Season Production photos by Adams VisCom. To see more, click the forward arrow on the image above.


Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of The Book of Will:
Video: Your first look at The Book of Will
Perspectives: Why is there a bobble-head on that set?
Guest columnist Lauren Gunderson: How one word can change a play
Five things we learned at 'The Book of Will' opening rehearsal
'The Year of Gunderson' has begun in Colorado
Meet the cast: Jennifer Le Blanc
Meet the cast: Wesley Mann
Meet the cast: Rodney Lizcano
Shakespeare in a season with no Shakespeare
First Folio: The world's second-most important book heads to Boulder
Video: Our look back at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit
Summit Spotlight: Playwright Lauren Gunderson
Lauren Gunderson wins Lanford Wilson Award from Dramatists Guild of America
Just who were all the king's men, anyway?
2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics


Video: Your first look at
The Book of Will:

Video by David Lenk for the DCPA NewsCenter.

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  1. Michael Stipek | Feb 18, 2017
    Having been a Shakespeare/17th cent. major in college, I absolutely LOVED the play.  The acting, dialog, set design, the terrific cast and those magical turning gears in the background behind the front sets made the experience unforgettable. It took me back to that wonderful time in history when playwrights ruled the boards!  And the Master of Revels were forgiving souls.

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