The Book of Will

February 17 – 25, 2023

By: Lauren Gunderson

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.

Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, The Book of Will finds an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter, and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.


John Heminges – Jack Sherman
Henry Condell – Aaron Alexander
Rebecca Heminges – Kathy Burke Egloff
Elizabeth Condell – Lynn Barbato King
Alice Heminges – Rose Hays
Ben Jonson – Nic MacLane
Richard Burbage – John Triana
William Jaggard – Bill Lee
Isaac Jaggard – Alex Sandler
Emilia Bassano / Anne Shakespeare – Amy Prieto
Susannah Shakespeare – Teagan Brown
Boy Hamlet / Ed Knight / Horatio / Dering – Cole LaVenture
Barman / Ralph Crane / Francisco – Michael Dougherty
Barman 2 / Compositor / Bernardo – Jim Molloy
Marcus / Crier / Fruit Seller / Marcellus – Jason Obie

Creative Team

Director – Bella Lupia
Asst. Director – Stephen Shepherd
Producers – Alex Gilbert & Dana Comfort
Stage Manager – Rachel Briscoe
Lighting Designer – Sarah Anson-Orden
Sound Designer – Stephen Shepherd
Costume Designer – Lynn Barbato King & Dana Comfort
Props Designer – Cole LaVenture
Set Designer – Christopher James Lupia
Scenic Artist– Dana Comfort

CNY Playhouse operates as a separate entity from Atonement Lutheran Church. Any views expressed in this show are solely those of CNY Playhouse. We are grateful for the freedom to operate independently within the property of Atonement Lutheran Church.
The Book of Will, by Lauren Gunderson, is presented through Dramatists Play Service Inc.