The Adobe Theater is thrilled to announce its July production, The Book of Will, by Lauren Gunderson one of America’s most exciting new playwrights with more than 25 plays to her credit, so frequently produced she was recently listed as America’s most produced living playwright.
The Adobe Theater’s production of The Book of Will be both a New Mexico premier and may well be the first non-professional production of the play in America.
In the years following Shakespeare’s death in 1616, the fate of his plays was highly uncertain. Play scripts were hardly considered literature at all, and, in a time free from copyright laws, Shakespeare’s plays were being stolen, bastardized, and rewritten by anyone with a quill. By 1623, with the actors who knew the plays by heart dying off, it appeared that nearly half of his plays would be lost forever.
It was at this point that John Heminges and Henry Condell, two actors in Shakespeare’s company and close friends of the playwright, set out to pull together accurate versions of some 36 of his plays into a single volume, the so-called First Folio of 1623. The task was daunting and the goal elusive; time after time it appears they have failed.
The Book of Will is a story of professional love and commitment shot through with intrigue, back-biting, and the very real possibility that much of the work of our world’s greatest playwright would be lost forever. Somehow Shakespeare’s friends (and rivals!) beg, borrow, and band together to get a seemingly impossible job done. Amidst the noise and color of 17th Century England, The Book of Will follows an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.
Auditions for The Book of Will will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 1-5 pm and on Sunday, April 22, from 6-10 pm. Sides will be provided for cold readings from the script.
There are roles for seven men and three women, although many actors play more than one role, and the number of actors may be expanded. Age ranges for both genders is 20s-60s. Several major roles are pre-cast, but, since this is a genuine company production, there are numerous juicy roles available in every category.
For more information about auditions, please contact the director, Brian Hansen, at email@example.com or 805-637-4032.
The Book of Will opens July 6th and plays through July 29th at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm. General Admission $20, Discount $17 (Seniors, Students, ATG/PBS Members, Military, First Responders). Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $15! The Pay-What-You-Will performance will be on Thursday, July 19th.