Theatre Arts Productions
Foothill College Theatre Arts will present
The Book of Will!
Directed by Bruce McLeod
“Imagine a world without Macbeth, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew or Julius Caesar. Before the publishing of Shakespeare’s anthologized plays in Folio format in 1623, these plays and many others had never appeared in print. Once the actors who originated these roles – and then anyone who remembered seeing them – had died, they risked being completely forgotten.
Following the death of iconic actor Richard Burbage, and still reeling from Shakespeare’s death three years earlier, the surviving senior members of the King’s Men acting company realize that without a herculean effort to amass the various scraps of surviving manuscripts, sides and prompt books, the works of Shakespeare could be lost to time entirely except for the unauthorized and inferior printings of a handful of his plays. The story of this compilation is brought to life.… in Lauren Gunderson’s vibrant play, The Book of Will.”
-John Geoffrion, DC Theatre Scene, 2017
“[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…She also gives a real feel for theater life and what it means to be an actor; you sense this is a work of both scholarship and love…[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).
Performances November 4th (preview) through November 21st. Check back for ticket availability.
Don't miss a production!
If you would like email notifications about upcoming performances, send us an email and we'll put you on the distribution list.
We're Here to Help
Theatre Arts Department Box Office
The Lohman Theatre
(Parking Lot 8)
Box Office Hours
Walk-Up and Phone Sales
In person ticket sales are not available for this production. If you need assistance
please call (650)949-7360 and you will receive a return phone call.
Please park in parking lot 5 or 8. The stairway from parking lot 1 is inaccessible..
For access to the theatre without stairs, take the perimiter road around to parking
lot 5 and follow the signs. The Sunday shuttle will run from 1:30 - 5:45 from lot
5 on 7/25 and 8/1. For elevator access to the theatre please vist Smithwick elevator access
Are not required for the Summer musical!