Foothill Theatre Arts presents Lauren Gunderson’s celebration of theater, “The Book of Will,” Friday through Nov. 21 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Gunderson’s fast-paced drama ponders “What if William Shakespeare’s works were lost forever?” It is set three years after Shakespeare’s death, when his colleagues suddenly realize that the Bard’s immortal words will disappear when the actors who had them memorized die off. Only fragments, butchered copies and what’s left in living memories remain of the playwright’s prodigious output. So, the group sets out to collect all of Shakespeare’s plays into what became known as the First Folio.
Bruce McLeod directs a cast of veteran actors from throughout the greater Bay Area, as well as some Foothill students. The cast includes Los Altos native Michael Rhone (as Henry Condell), Anthony Silk (John Heminges), John Musgrave (Richard Burbage/William Jaggard), Jason Morley (Ben Johnson), Eiko Yamamoto (Elizabeth Condell), Carla Befera (Rebecca Heminges), Gwendolynne Wagner (Anne Hathaway), Sara Dean (Emilia Bassano), Lauren D’Ambrosio (Alice Heminges), Steve Allhoff (Isaac Jaggard) and Olivia Spreen (Boy Hamlet), with Gabe Paganucci, Sydney Harmon and Leslie Newport.
Missy Lyons is the assistant director and Ellie Schwartz serves as stage manager. Costumes are by Lisa Rozman, scenic design by Yuseke Soi and projections by Steven Gerlach.
Performances are slated 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 20. This Friday’s show is a preview; Saturday is opening night. Thursday shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18, with Sunday matinees scheduled 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21.
Tickets are $10-$25. Free parking is available in student lots 1 and 8.
For tickets and more information, call (650) 949-7360 or visit foothill.edu/theater.