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Shakespeare on the Paseo

August 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 @ 8pm

August 18 & 25 @ 2pm

The Book of Will

by Lauren Gunderson

director, Rex Daugherty

recommended for ages 13 & up

William Shakespeare’s been dead for three years. His closest friends and fellow actors deeply miss him and his beautiful plays. When a pirated, badly botched Hamlet (“To be or not to be, there’s the point . . .”) plays on a nearby stage, they realize Shakespeare’s lines are disappearing into the forgetful memory of time. What they need is a book—a definitive copy of his original plays, but to make one, they’ll have to battle an unscrupulous publisher, a boozy poet laureate and their own mortality. Lauren Gunderson’s look at Shakespeare’s First Folio is a lively, funny, poignant love letter to theatre and the printed word.

Winner of the 2018 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award!