The Book of Will
Regional Premiere
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rebecca Greene Udden

Main Street Theater -
Rice Village

2540 Times Blvd.

September 22 – October 21, 2018

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays - 7:30pm
Sundays - 3:00pm

Sunday, October 14 at 3pm
Closed “in-sync”
Captioned Performance

30 & Under, Senior Citizens, Student, Military, and Veterans Discounts Available. ID may be required. Click here for more information on discounts.

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

After Shakespeare’s death, his plays were pirated, performed and published in inaccurate and clumsy versions. Henry Condell and John Heminges, loyal friend and actors in Shakespeare’s company, the King’s Men, are determined to preserve the true versions of the plays and compile the First Folio, recapturing the words that shaped their lives. Their families join them in what is truly a labor of love, for they’ll have to borrow, beg, and band together to make it happen. Guided by a sense of genuine loyalty, admiration, and what really matters in life, this determined lot will stop at nothing to assemble Shakespeare’s Folio.

“THE BOOK OF WILL…unequivocally announces Gunderson as a playwright with whom to be reckoned. It is, quite frankly, one of the best plays I have ever seen. It will bring tears of both laughter and sorrow to all but the most jaded audience member’s eyes. It is, in a word, a triumph.” — Boulder Weekly (CO)

“[Gunderson] has peopled the stage with lively, historically based characters... She paints a vivid portrait of the times in language sometimes formal, sometimes poetic and often...contemporary... [THE BOOK OF WILL] serves as homage to those who sacrificed to make the first folio happen and to Shakespeare’s magnificent words.” — Westword (Denver, CO)

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

The Book of Will runs approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission.


Part of the Art Events for The Book of Will

Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6:45pm: Opening Night Pre-Show Discussion with the director and designers. Free.

Join us Sept. 23 for a post-show discussion with Prof. Kate Pogue, Shakespeare scholar, author, director, lecturer. Prof. Pogue will give a short talk about Shakespeare and his friends: how we know who his friends were and what they were like. Free.

Join us on Sept. 30 for a post-show discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Klett, Shakespeare scholar, Associate Professor of Literature, University of Houston – Clear Lake. Dr. Klett will give a short talk about the creation of Shakespeare’s First Folio and the many unanswered questions that remain today.

Join us Sunday, October 7 for a post-show discussion with Jon Evans, Chief of the Library & Archives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mr. Evans will give a short talk about Shakespeare’s Second Folio (1632), a ground-breaking anthology and an object that connects us directly to the Bard today. Free.

Free Beer Friday: Following regular Friday performances sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. in The Liberty Group lobby (previews excluded).

After-parties following all Saturday performances, including a special reception on Opening Night, in The Liberty Group lobby.


Production Partner
The Printing Museum


Season Sponsor
The Liberty Group

Season Sponsor
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company

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