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World Premiere

The Book of Will

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Davis McCallum
Jan 13 - Feb 26, 2017
Ricketson Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
• DRAMA • COMEDY • DENVER DEBUT
Run Time: Approximately 2 hrs, plus a 15 min intermission
Ticket Price: Varies by date and availability.
Age Recommendation: 13+
Advisory: Limited use of adult language and e-cigarettes.

Shakespeare wrote the plays. His friends made them legendary.

Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the first Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg and band together to get it done. Lauren Gunderson weaves a hilarious and heartfelt story inspired by the true story of Shakespeare’s First Folio.

A DCPA Theatre Company Commission developed at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit.

Producing Partners: Margot & Allan Frank and Robert & Judi Newman
Education Partner: Walter S. Rosenberry, III Charitable Trust and The Book of Will is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

This production is also supported by the members of the Women's Voices Fund

The Book of Will: Just who were all the King's Men?
If not for the love these men felt for each other and their work, half of the Shakespeare canon would be lost to history. Read More
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Jan 13 | 6:00pm

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Jan 22 | 1:30pm

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Perspectives: Theatre & Theology
Jan 24 | 6:30pm

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Jan 29 | 1:30pm

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Feb 4 | 1:30pm
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The Book of Will- 2016-17 Theatre Company Season

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Liam Craig
Liam Craig , John Heminges
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Boeing Boeing (u/s; performed). Off-Broadway: Servant of Two Masters, The Killer (Theatre For A New Audience), The Internationalist (Vineyard Theater), Aunt Dan and Lemon (The New Group), Two Noble Kinsmen (The Public). Regional: The Tempest, Government Inspector, Servant of Two Masters (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Accidental Death of An Anarchist, A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Berkeley Rep), Accidental Death of An Anarchist, Servant of Two Masters (Yale Rep), The Scene (Alley Theater, Hartford Stage). Film/TV: The Royal Tenenbaums, “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU.” Training: MFA, NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts.
Thaddeus Fitzpatrick
Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Marcus/Boy Hamlet/Bernardo/ Crier

At the Theatre Company: Frankenstein, The Book of Will (Colorado New Play Summit 2016). New York credits include Autumn’s Harvest (Lincoln Center), Alcestis Ascending (Clurman Theatre). Regional: I and You (Olney Theatre Center and Geva Theatre Center), The Jungle Book (Arden Theatre Company). He is currently involved in several developing plays. Commercial credits include Yes Television with Alec Baldwin, Lady Gaga MTV VMA promotion, and voiceover work for Sierra Mist commercial. Special Awards/Training: National Award Winner in Prose and Poetry Performance. BA, University of Alabama.

Miriam A. Laube
Miriam A. Laube, Elizabeth Condell/Emilia Bassano Lanier
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Bombay Dreams. Other Theatres: Pericles (Public Theater), Agamemnon (Aquila Theater), Berkeley Rep, Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Baltimore Center Stage and The Cleveland Playhouse. Miriam has been a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the last 12 seasons. OSF roles include Cleopatra, Hermione, Rosalind, Olivia, Julia, Cordelia, Paulina, The Witch (Into the Woods) and Ilona Ritter (She Loves Me). Originated: Gynecia in Head Over Heels (Jeff Whitty) Cleo in Family Album (Stew) and Maruca in Party People (Universes). Miriam is a recipient of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships.
Jennifer Le Blanc
Jennifer Le Blanc, Alice Heminges/Susannah Shakespeare
At the Theatre Company: Pride and Prejudice, Our House, The Book of Will (2016 Colorado New Play Summit). Regional: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth, Three Musketeers (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Silent Sky, 33 Variations, Sense and Sensibility (TheatreWorks); Disgraced (Capital Stage); Fifth of July (Aurora Theatre Company); Othello (Arabian Shakespeare Festival); Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew (Livermore Shakespeare Festival); By and By (Shotgun Players); Eurydice (Artists Repertory Theatre); Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Imaginary Invalid (Pacific Repertory Theatre). Training: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory.
Rodney Lizcano
Rodney Lizcano, Ralph Crane/Barman/ Compositor/Francisco

At the Theatre Company: Frankenstein, Hamlet, American Night, Merchant of Venice, Spinning Into Butter, Inna Beginning, The Tempest, Gross Indecency, The Rivals, Kingdom, A Winter’s Tale, A Christmas Carol. Other Theatres: Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Henry V, The Tempest, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Equivocation, Cymbeline), Arvada Center (Archbishop’s Ceiling, The Crucible, A Man For All Seasons), Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Stories on Stage, Theatre Aspen and Off-Broadway with Actors Ensemble Theater and DreamScape Theatre Company. TV/Film: Silver City and “Stage Struck.” Training: BFA, Southern Methodist University; MFA National Theatre Conservatory.

Wesley Mann
Wesley Mann, William Jaggard/Barman 2/Sir Edward Dering
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other theatres: Ebenezer Scrooge at Portland Center Stage, 10 Seasons with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival appearing in 17 of Shakespeare’s plays. World premiere of Lovers And Executioners (Arena Stage); Elephant Man (Arkansas Rep); three plays at The Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina; Feste (Twelfth Night), Larry Burn This (American Conservatory Theatre). Multiple roles and plays at PCPA Theatrefest. Most recently, Polonius at Inner Circle Theatre LA, The Dock Brief (Pacific Resident Theatre), You Never Can Tell (A Noise Within in Pasadena). Film and TV: 47 credits so far including recent appearances on “2 Broke Girls” and “Liv and Maddie.” wesleymannactor.com
Andy Nagraj
Andy Nagraj, Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard

At the Theatre Company: The Book of Will (2016 Colorado New Play Summit). Chicago theatre: Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Writers Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Silk Road Rising. Regional: Milwaukee Rep, Chautauqua Theatre Company, and the Utah, Texas, Virginia and Ohio Shakespeare Festivals. TV/Film: “Chicago Fire,” “Geeta’s Guide to Moving On,” Nima’s Beauty Shop. Andy is a voiceover artist, co-wrote the book, music and lyrics of the musical Murphy’s Law and plays lead guitar for The Winchesters. Teaching: University of Pittsburgh. Training: MFA, Delaware/PTTP.

Kurt Rhoads
Kurt Rhoads, Henry Condell
At the Theatre Company: Clarence in Richard III, two appearances at Colorado New Play Summit. Other theatres: Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (Arvada Center for the Arts). With director, Davis McCallum, Kurt has performed in Fashions for Men (Mint Theater) and as Pompey in Measure for Measure (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Other roles at HVSF: one-man show, An Iliad, Petruchio, Launce, Iago, Tartuffe, Macbeth, Leontes, Anthony, Benedick. Recent work includes Titus in Titus Andronicus (Clarence Brown Theatre); Pride & Prejudice, Inherit the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina).
Triney Sandoval
Triney Sandoval, Richard Burbage/ Ben Jonson/Horatio
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Macbeth, A Free Man of Color, A Man for All Seasons, Frost/Nixon. Off-Broadway: Important Hats, Timon of Athens, The Idiot, As You Like It, Whisper. Regional: Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, The Wilma Theatre, Round House Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Center Stage, Yale Rep., Milwaukee Rep., Great Lakes Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare, California Shakespeare, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and six seasons at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. TV: “Elementary,” “The Sopranos,” “Lights Out,” and recurring roles on both “Law & Order” and Law & “Order: SVU.”
Nance Williamson
Nance Williamson, Rebecca Heminges/Anne Hathaway Shakespeare
At the Theatre Company: Benediction, When We Were Married, Marvin’s Garden. Broadway: Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom, Cyrano with Kevin Kline, Broken Glass, Henry IV (Lincoln Center). Off Broadway: Shakespeare in the Park, Primary Stages, Minetta Lane, Pearl. She has been a professional actor for 32 years and performed in over 140 plays, favorites include Marvin’s Room (Kennedy Center), Moon for the Misbegotten (Alliance and DTC), The Glass Menagerie (Pioneer and DTC). This is the 62nd production with husband Kurt Rhoads. Other favorites together are Shooting Star (Trinity), As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Anthony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, Rivals, A Midsummer Nights Dream (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival).
Lauren Gunderson
Lauren Gunderson, Playwright

Lauren Gunderson is the most-produced living playwright in America of 2016, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Dramatists and Samuel French. She is a Playwright in Residence at Marin Theatre Company and a proud Dramatists Guild member.

Davis Mccallum
Davis Mccallum, Director
Davis Mccallum is the Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, NY, and recently directed The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure for the company. He has directed new plays and classics at theatres in New York and around the country, including Lincoln Center, the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, and The Old Globe. He is delighted to be working at the Denver Center.
Camille Assaf
Camille Assaf, Costume Designer
Regional: McCarter Theater, Two River, Syracuse Stage, Playmakers Repertory Theater, Great River Shakespeare, Yale Repertory Theater. Opera: Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, The Juilliard School, Nashville Opera, Florentine Opera. International: Where Elephants Weep (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), Three Children (Hong Kong Fringe), Palais de Tokyo. New York: New York City Ballet, Joyce Theater, Park Avenue Armory, Mint Theater, La MaMa. Film: Bébé Tigre (feature film, France). NEA/TCG career development program. Editor of Chance magazine. Upcoming: Zaza, Holland Park Festival, London.
Sandra Goldmark
Sandra Goldmark, Scenic Designer
Sandra is a New York-based Set and Costume Designer, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College, and the Founder of Pop Up Repair, an itinerant repair service for household items. In her theatrical work Sandra is committed to developing and implementing sustainable design and production practices, and her designs have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Drama Desk and the Hewes.
Douglas Langworthy
Douglas Langworthy, Dramaturg
At the Theatre Company: All The Way, As You Like It, Appoggiatura, Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Shadowlands, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Sense & Sensibility The Musical, The Three Musketeers, When We Are Married. Other Theatres: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival produced his adaptation (with Linda Alper and Penny Metropulos) of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers and his translation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan. Target Margin Theatre produced his translations/adaptations: Medea by Hans Henny Jahnn, Goethe’s Faust and the opera The Sandman with David Herskovits and Thomas Cabanis. Awards/Training: Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy, National Theatre Translation Fund Award, John Gassner Award in Critical Writing. Yale School of Drama.
Kathryn G. Maes Ph.D
Kathryn G. Maes Ph.D, Voice and Dialect Coach
At the Theatre Company: The Glass Menagerie, Frankenstein, FADE, The Nest, Tribes, Benediction, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Shadowlands, Hamlet, black odyssey, A Christmas Carol, Jackie & Me, The Most Deserving, Just Like Us, Death of a Salesman, When We Are Married, Fences, The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House, Great Wall Story. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock). Special/Training: Voice and Dialect Coach for numerous professional theatre companies in the United States, Head of Voice at DCPA Theatre Company 1989 to 1992. Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh; Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England.
Elissa Myers
Elissa Myers, Casting
Paul Fouquet, CSA. Three Emmy nominations and one win, and one Peabody Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television. Over 15 films for PBS. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, and 26 Off-Broadway shows. Current regional casting includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”
Stowe Nelson
Stowe Nelson, Sound Designer
At the Theatre Company: Debut. New York: The Wolves (Playwrights Realm); Miles for Mary, Samuel & Alasdair (The Mad Ones, Drama Desk Nom); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova); Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons); The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre). Regional: The 39 Steps (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Buyer & Cellar (Westport Country Playhouse); Macbeth, Measure for Measure, An Iliad (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Clarkston (Dallas Theater Center). www.wingspace.com/stowe.
Paul Toben
Paul Toben, Lighting Designer
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: Peter and the Starcatcher, 4000 Miles (Actors Theatre of Louisville); three seasons of the Humana Festival (including designs of The Grown-Up, The Roommate, This Random World, and others); Electra (Court Theatre); NSFW (Round House Theatre); Silent Sky, Triangle, Upright Grand (TheatreWorks); Fly by Night, Medea, School for Wives (Dallas Theater Center); The Who and The What (Kansas City); Daddy Long Legs (New York, regional and international premiers).
Kristen Littlepage
Kristen Littlepage, Assistant Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: FADE, A Christmas Carol, As You Like It, Animal Crackers, black odyssey, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman. Other Theatres: DCPA Cabaret, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Phamaly Theatre Company, LIDA Project, Augustana Arts. Training: BFA Applied Theatre Technology & Design, Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Kurt Van Raden
Kurt Van Raden, Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: 40+ productions including Frankenstein, Sweeney Todd, Lookingglass Alice, Benediction, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Romeo & Juliet, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Three Musketeers, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol, The Liar, Othello, A Raisin in the Sun, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Richard III, Noises Off, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pride and Prejudice, Season’s Greetings, Living Out, After Ashley. At DCPA Cabaret: First national tour of Murder For Two. Other Theatres: Over 56 new plays at The O’Neill Theatre Center (National Playwrights Conference, Cabaret and Performance Conference, Artistic Associate and Production Stage Manager), The Great River Shakespeare Festival.
Kent Thompson
Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director

Kent Thompson is in his 12th season leading the Theatre Company. In Denver he directed productions of Sweeney Todd, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction, Amadeus, The Liar and Measure for Measure, among others.

Three of Kent’s major accomplishments since coming to Denver have been the creation of Off-Center (innovative theatrical experiences aimed at millennial audiences), the Colorado New Play Summit (a premier national festival for new American plays), and the Women’s Voices Fund (an endowment that supports the commissioning and development of new plays by women).

Prior to moving to Denver he was Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 seasons. Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project which commissioned and produced 16 world premieres during his tenure. He served eight years on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as president for three years. He has served on peer review panels for the NEA (also chair), TCG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Fulbright Scholars Program, The Wallace Funds, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.
Charles Varin
Charles Varin, Managing Director
Charles Varin and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre.
Jeff Gifford
Jeff Gifford, Director of Production
Jeff Gifford is in his fourth season at the DCPA and oversees every-thing you see on stage except the actors. Guiding world premieres to their first opening night is especially gratifying and Jeff has worked on more than 35 of them. Among his favorites are Dinner with Friends, The Violet Hour, The Beard of Avon, Mr. Marmalade and the new musical FLY. Jeff holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
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