The Book of Will

This funny, irreverent, and irresistibly charming tale shows us just how close we came to losing the legacy of the most influential writer in Western civilization. Three years after the death of William Shakespeare, John Heminges and Henry Condell, former colleagues and friends of the Bard, contend with egotistical actors, bootleg knockoffs, and a ticking clock to ensure that the First Folio gets published, and that the works of William Shakespeare don’t end up on the trash heap of history.


It is with a heavy heart, that we announce that all upcoming performances of "The Book of Will” have now been cancelled in response to the order released by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine limiting public gatherings and the public health crisis.

As you can imagine, we are devastated to close our doors for the time being. We are a community of artists, collaborating on projects onstage and off. As a supporter of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, you are such an important part of our family. We know that for so many, attending a performance is a chance to escape and the power of live theatre creates a common bond desperately needed in these uncertain times. While nothing can replace these in-person connections, we hope that you take comfort in the fact that we are working tirelessly to create new ways to connect with you as we all move forward together.

In the meantime, your continued support ensures that CSC can continue to create powerful and engaging theatre long after this period of uncertainty. While the show cannot go on, the lives and livelihoods of those who make the art you love must. Please consider donating today so that when this crisis ends – and it will – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will still be right here waiting for you with open arms, ready to hold up a mirror to reflect all the best parts of our shared humanity. To donate, click the button below.


If you had tickets for The Book of Will, we share your disappointment that we are unable to welcome you to our theater for these productions. We are committed to making it possible for you to visit us in the future. As previously shared, ticket exchanges will be available to you for a future production.  When we know our reopening date, we will reach out to you all individually regarding ticket exchange options.  

As a non-profit organization, we rely on the audience we serve. By considering a donation of your tickets in lieu of an exchange, you are providing vital support at an unpredictable time for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Your support will secure the future of bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for our community. Click the button below to donate your tickets and receive a donation receipt for your tax purposes.

Jim Hopkins*

Jon Hemmings

Barry Mulholland*

Henry Condell

Annie Fitzpatrick*

Rebecca Hemmings/Anne Hathaway

Billy Chace*

Ben Johnson/Bar man/Dering

Sara Clark*

Alice/Susannah Shakespeare

Kenny Hamilton

Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard

Robert Jason Jackson*


Sylvester Little Jr*

Ralph Crane/Bar man/Compositor/Francisco

Kelly Mengelkoch*

Elizabeth Condell/Emilia Lanier/Fruit Seller

Jude Walker*

Marcus/Boy Hamlet/Crier/Bernardo

  • Sam White


  • Rainy Edwards

    Costume Designer

  • Justen N. Locke

    Scenic and Lighting Designer

  • Douglas J. Borntrager

    Sound & Projections Designer

  • Carolyn Fast*

    Stage Manager

  • *Member of Actor's Equity Association

Director of The Book of Will, Sam White

CSC is proud to welcome Sam White in her directorial debut at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Ms. White is the founding artistic director at Shakespeare in Detroit. Recent directing credits include Twelfth Night at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Othello and The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare in Detroit. As an advocate of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the arts, she is on the advisory board at Statera Arts and a member of the 2017 Los Angeles cohort at ArtEquity.

Playwright of The Book of Will, Lauren Gunderson

Lauren M. Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also 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 Company. 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 Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A Bear, The Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was be released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. and @LalaTellsAStory