Skip to Content
Gunderson's THE BOOK OF WILL Plays Theatrical Outfit Aug. 15 - Sept. 9

Gunderson's THE BOOK OF WILL Plays Theatrical Outfit Aug. 15 - Sept. 9

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.


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 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 continuously-operating 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, Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton, remain Theatrical Outfit patrons. 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