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The Book of Will

December 5 and 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm @ the Warehouse Theatre


Directed by Ruth Veselka

Produced by Sandy Jennings

Seeking 7 or more men ages 20-60 and 3 or more women ages 35-60.


Production dates: February 10 - 25, 2023.

Cast of Characters

Henry Condell:

Feisty and hopeful, 40's; Shakespeare’s friend, and actor in the King’s Men.

John Heminges:

Reasonable and serious, 50's, also Shakespeare’s friend, and financial manager of the King’s Men. A good man, a gentleman, and owner of the Globe Tap House.

Richard Burbage:

A seasoned lion of the stage, loud and proud, 50's; famous across England.

Elizabeth Condell:

Savvy and fun, Elizabeth is Condell’s wife.

Alice Heminges:

John’s daughter and alewife; 30's;  knows everyone, and hangs with the boys.

Rebecca Heminges:

John’s wife, strong, busy with their grocery business, and a woman who has weathered much but loves her husband, her sons, and God. She is a good wife.

Ben Jonson:

Poet laureate of England and friend/rival of Shakespeare; an amazing drunk, a bear of a man, and surprisingly weepy.

Ed Knight:

“Stage manager” for the King’s Men, Ed is self-serious and particular.

Ralph Crane:

Humble scrivener of the King’s Men, Ralph is quick, sure, and quiet.

William Jaggard:

Successful if shady publisher of books, plays, and playbills; confident in his ability to get what he wants. He is very experienced, very connected, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, but an ass.

Isaac Jaggard:  

William’s son, Isaac will inherit the business. He is sensitive, an  artist at heart.


Printer’s apprentice at the Jaggard print shop; 20's; nosy but honest.


Works for Jaggard, young.

Emilia Bassano Lanier:

A fiery Italian feminist and poet, 50's; an independent woman, and a lover of life (and of Shakespeare).

Sir Edward Dering:

A book and theatre lover, 60's; the first customer of The First Folio.

Anne Hathaway Shakespeare:

Shakespeare’s now ailing wife, 60's; Anne is strong-willed, a classy lady, a survivor.

Susannah Shakespeare:

A good girl and daughter of Shakespeare, 30's.

Boy Hamlet: A young actor.

Two Barmen: Drunk ruffians.

Crier: A newsboy.

Bernardo, Francisco, Horatio, Marcellus:

Actors playing these roles

Fruit Seller

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Today's theater owes a great debt of gratitude to the collected plays of William Shakespeare.

But what if there had never been a collection in the first place?

Playwright Lauren Gunderson weaves the tale of Will’s fellow actors - Henry Condell and John Heminges - as they beg, borrow, and band together to compile the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works; to preserve the words that shaped their lives…and ours today.

A remarkable true story of love, loss, and laughter,  
"The Book of Will" sheds new light on the man we think we know.