THE BOOK OF WILL
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Ryan Rilette
Nov 29 – Dec 30, 2017
What if Shakespeare’s works had been lost forever? After the death of their friend and mentor, 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. Lauren Gunderson, playwright of last season’s runaway hit Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, weaves a hilarious and heartfelt story inspired by the true story of Shakespeare’s First Folio.
This play runs approximately two and a half hours, including one 15-minute intermission.
“A love letter to the thirst of theatrical artists!” – Broadway World
Brews and Banter
Round House is delighted to host a special edition of Brews and Banter with Folger Theatre. On Friday, December 8, enjoy a preshow conversation with The Book of Will cast members Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Henry Condell) and Kimberly Gilbert (Elizabeth Condell). Beer and light fare will be provided.
Join us on Sunday, December 10 at 12:30 pm across the street from the theatre at the Waverly Gallery. We’ll be having a conversation about The Book of Will with members from the Round House creative team as well as enjoying the Waverly Gallery’s holiday show “Silver and Gold.” Refreshments will be provided.
Sun, December 10 at 12:30 pm
This event will be held across the street from the theatre at the Waverly Gallery, 4600 East West Highway #102, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Round House Print House
Intrigue, theft, deception, and backroom deals—just your average day in the Elizabethan printing house. A cutthroat and anarchic world, the publishing industry of the early 1600s nevertheless managed to create the First Folio, one of the most important books ever printed…but how were Elizabethan texts actually made? Led by the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Education staff, this hands-on workshop is fun and family-friendly, appropriate for students and scholars alike!
Do you love seeing theatre more than your wallet does? Round House Theatre offers two Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) performances during the first week of each production. PWYC tickets go on sale in person at our Box Office one hour prior to curtain. The patron decides the admission price.
Wed, November 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm – PWYC tickets on sale at 6:30 pm
Sat, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm – PWYC tickets on sale at 1:00 pm
Join us on Thursday, November 30 for College Night! As part of our FREE PLAY program, all students with a valid college ID can receive free tickets to Round House performances. Engage with the creative team in a post-show conversation about the production. For those over 21, we are also pleased to offer $2 beer, provided by our sponsor, 7 Locks Brewing.
Thurs, November 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Click here to learn more about FREE PLAY and to reserve your tickets!
If you are a teen who loves theatre, free tickets, and having fun with friends, mark your calendars for Teen Night on Friday, December 1! Join us for dinner followed by a Pre-Show Discussion before the show, attend a performance of the play followed by a post-show activity. Best of all, the event is free under our FREE PLAY program!
Fri, December 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm
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Stick around after the show every Friday night for our #FreeBeerFriday series. Grab a free beer and spend some time in the lobby talking with friends and fellow audience members about the show you’ve just seen. Sponsored by 7 Locks Brewing.
Fri, December 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Fri, December 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Fri, December 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Fri, December 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Designer and Director Discussions
During preview week, arrive early to hear from the production’s artistic team. On Wednesday, November 29, hear from some of the design team about how they created the world you just watched. On Friday, December 1, director Ryan Rilette will be discussing the performance.
Wed, November 29 at 6:45 pm – Designer Discussion
Fri, December 1 at 7:15 pm – Director Discussion
What better way to learn more about the world of the play than a conversation with the artistic team! Stick around after the performance to hear about the rehearsal process, background on the play, and how a script is transformed into the performance you saw.
Wed, November 29 at 7:30 pm
Thurs, November 30 at 7:30 pm
Wed, December 6 at 7:30 pm
Thurs, December 7 at 7:30 pm
Wed, December 13 at 7:30 pm
Thurs, December 14 at 7:30 pm
Wed, December 20 at 7:30 pm
Thurs, December 21 at 7:30 pm
For our visually-impaired audience members, we offer an audio-described performance of each production. In addition to hearing the actors, the action on stage is narrated to increase your enjoyment and understanding of the play.
Sun, December 9 at 2:00 pm
Looking to get the most bang for your buck? On 2-FOR-1 Tuesdays, purchase one ticket, get a second free!
Tues, December 12 at 7:30 pm – Call or order online
Tues, December 19 at 7:30 pm – Call or order online
For our hearing-impaired audience members, we offer a sign-interpreted performance of each production. In addition to watching the action, the lines of the play are signed to increase your enjoyment and understanding of the play.
Sat, December 23 at 2:00 pm
Lauren Gunderson is one of the most produced playwrights in America, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at companies across the US including South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), The O’Neill, The Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva, and more. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil and Trouble), Dramatists (Silent Sky, Bauer) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA and lives in San Francisco.
Ryan Rilette is in his sixth season as Artistic Director of Round House, where he directed Angels in America Part II: Perestroika by Tony Kushner, The Night Alive by Conor McPherson, This by Melissa James Gibson, and How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain. Prior to joining Round House, he served as Producing Director of Marin Theatre Company for five years. For MTC, he has directed the world premieres of Bellwether by Steve Yockey and Magic Forest Farm by Zayd Dohrn. He also directed God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza; Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire; Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; and In The Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the first part of The Brother Sister Plays Trilogy, which MTC co-produced with American Conservatory Theater and Magic Theatre, and which was named “the theatrical event of the year” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to joining MTC, Rilette served as Producing Artistic Director of Southern Rep Theatre, the leading professional theatre in New Orleans, from 2002 to 2007. At Southern Rep, he directed the world premieres of The House of Plunder by Jim Fitzmorris, The Vulgar Soul by John Biguenet, and The Sunken Living Room by David Caudle; and the regional premieres of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; In Walks Ed by Keith Glover; and Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire. He also commissioned, developed, and directed two plays about Hurricane Katrina and its effect on the region: Rising Water by John Biguenet and The Breach by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Catherine Filloux, and Joe Sutton. Rilette is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company, the immediate past president of the National New Play Network, and a former professor at Tulane and Loyola universities in New Orleans. He earned his MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater.
Matthew M. Nielson