Do you love Shakespeare? Here’s a twist; The Book of Will running July 6th through the 29th at The Adobe Theater!

Following Shakespeare’s death in 1616 John Heminges and Henry Condell, two actors in Shakespeare’s company and close friends of the playwright, set out to pull together accurate versions of some 36 of his plays into a single volume, the so-called First Folio of 1623. The task was daunting and the goal elusive; time after time it appears they have failed.

Auditions for six men and two women* will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 1-5 pm and on Sunday, April 22, from 6-10 pm at the Adobe Theater. If possible, auditionees should try to be available at the beginning of the period for a general orientation. Sides will be provided for cold readings from the script. For more information about auditions, please contact the director, Brian Hansen, at hansenbk@earthlink.net or 805-637-4032.

*Many actors play more than one role, and the number of actors may be expanded. Age ranges for both genders is 20s-60s. The roles of John and Rebecca Heminges are pre-cast but, since this is a genuine company production, there are numerous juicy roles available in every category. Click here for the character list.

Not only will the Adobe’s production of The Book of Will be a New Mexico premier, it may well be the first non-professional production of the play in America.

The Book of Will, by Lauren Gunderson, one of America’s most exciting new playwrights, with more than 25 plays to her credit, is so frequently produced that she was most recently listed as America’s most produced living playwright.

The Book of Will is a story of professional love and commitment shot through with intrigue, back-biting, and the very real possibility that much of the work of our world’s greatest playwright would be lost forever. Somehow Shakespeare’s friends (and rivals!) beg, borrow, and band together to get a seemingly impossible job done. Amidst the noise and color of 17th Century England, The Book of Will follows an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.

The Book of Will opens July 6th and plays through July 29th at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm. The Pay-What-You-Will performance will be on Thursday, July 19th.