Joyful Historical Quest

"Gentlemen. We have lived through the age of the poet and landed in the age of the hack." - Richard Burbage in The Book of Will

Theatrical Outfit proudly opens its 2018-2019 Season of Beauty with the Atlanta premiere of The Book of Will, winner of the 2018 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, by Decatur native Lauren Gunderson whose past triumphs, Silent Sky and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, wowed local audiences and critics alike. Directed by The Outfit's Artistic Associate David Crowe, The Book of Will features Artistic Director Tom Key alongside nine local performers playing twenty-five roles, and runs August 15-September 9 downtown at The Balzer Theater at Herren's. We are happy to offer discounted $15 tickets to those working in the performing arts for the performances listed below and a new "Pay What You Can" performance on Monday, Sept. 3. 


Industry tickets are reserved for artists and the management and supporting staff actively working in the arts. 

$15 (including tax; no fees)*

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @7:30pm
Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, August 25, 2018 @ 2:30pm
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 1, 2018 @ 2:30pm
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 2:30pm

*subject to inventory and availabilty 

Pay What You Can performance: Monday, September 3 @7:30pm
Walk up sales only. Suggested minimum payment: $10. $15 tickets may be reserved in advance via the instructions below.

The Book of Will runs two hours and fifteen minutes including one intermission. Industry Tickets may only be purchased by calling 678.528.1500, 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Industry tickets are not available online.  Seats will be assigned and available for pick up one hour before the performance requested. Group pricing is also available. For group info, email boxoffice@theatricaloutfit.org


by Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley)
Directed by David Crowe (Silent Sky)
Featuring Artistic Director Tom Key

1619-1623. London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Will Shakespeare is dead, and his legacy depends on a circle of devoted writers, actors, and friends. When a fishy Hamlet plays fast and loose nearby, the cohorts scramble to keep the Bard’s true words from fading into obscurity. The solution? A definitive collection of his plays. But to print it, they must overcome a ruthless publisher, an inebriated poet, and their own ticking mortality. Atlanta native Lauren Gunderson unfurls her trademark humor and smarts in this love letter to theatre’s timeless superstar.

Tom Key* – John Heminges
Doyle Reynolds – Henry Condell
Jeff McKerley* – Richard Burbage/William Jaggard
Eliana Marianes – Alice Heminges/Susannah Shakespeare
William S. Murphey* – Ben Johnson/Barman 2/Sir Edward
Suehyla El-Attar* – Elizabeth/Emilia/Fruit Seller/Marcellus
Elisa Carlson*  – Rebecca Heminges/Anne Hathaway
Kyle Brumley* – Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard
Paul Hester* – Ralph Crane/Barman/Compositor/Francisco
Ryan Vo – Marcus/Boy Hamlet/Crier/Bernardo

David Crowe – Director
Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay – Scenic Designers
Mary Parker – Lighting Designer
Emmie Tuttle – Costume Designer
Dan Bauman – Sound Designer
Kathryn Muse – Properties Designer
Michael Evenden – Dramaturg
Elisa Carlson – Dialect Coach
Liz Campbell*  – Stage Manager
Allison Kelly* – Assistant Stage Manager
Andrew Flynn – Assistant to the Director
Natalie Fox – Assistant to the Director
Clifton Guterman – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Previews: August 15, 16 and 17, 2018 at 7:30PM
Opening night: August 18, 2018 at 7:30PM
Regular performances: August 19 - September 9, 2018
Industry/Pay What You Can performance: September 3, 2018

Theatrical Outfit’s regular performances of The Book of Will are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $18-$51 and may be purchased online at www.theatricaloutfit.org or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email boxoffice@theatricaloutfit.orgTicket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.

Consider taking MARTA to Theatrical Outfit! The Peachtree Center station is only two blocks north on Peachtree Street – easily walkable.

PAGE TO STAGE TALKBACKS, sponsored by Macy’s
Fridays, August 24 and 31, post-show

Representatives from the cast, creative team, and staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Atlanta Fulton Public Library System
August 18, August 24, September 9

Meet representatives from our downtown neighbor library for button making and a pop-up lending library of The Bard-related books! Need a library card? They'll sign you up!

PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTION PHOTOS (when available) may be downloaded directly from this release or accessed HERE.

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional support from: Georgia Council for the Arts, Turner Broadcasting, Publix Super Markets Charities, Macy’s, Kilpatrick Townsend, The Shubert Foundation, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

ABOUT OUR VENUEThe Book of Will plays at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.  
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.                             



Contact us
Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development, Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Theatrical Outfit
Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit
Tess Malis Kincaid Director of Communications and Development, Theatrical Outfit
AJ Stevenson Box Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Theatrical Outfit
Clifton Guterman Associate Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit
About Theatrical Outfit

Stories that stir the soul.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons were Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton. Mrs. Shelton passed away in 2019, but Dr. Shelton remains a patron at Theatrical Outfit to this day. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization. In September of 2018, Theatrical Outfit welcomed Gretchen E. Butler as Managing Director.

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Unless otherwise noted, Theatrical Outfit's productions are performed in The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.

Theatrical Outfit
84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303