William Shakespeare Squares

The Book of Will

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Sydney Parks Smith

November 4–December 2, 2023
Playing at the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre

When Hamlet was defaced and debased on a stage near the Globe Theatre three years after Shakespeare’s death, Shakespeare's works were in danger of being lost forever. Enter The King’s Men! Henry Condell and John Heminges get the band back together and race to assemble the Bard’s scattered masterpieces. Their epic undertaking results in the creation of the First Folio and the preservation of their dear friend’s theatrical legacy. Gunderson's The Book of Will is a tale of love, laughter, and loss. Joyously sprinkled with Shakespeare’s most beloved writing, it is sure to put a new spin on the man you think you know.

The Experience

OpenStage’s Essential Season features rich, fully imagined theatrical experiences to captivate your heart and mind. The Book of Will will be performed at the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre. The Magnolia Theatre is a proscenium theatre with 226 seats, ample production and support space, and top-of-the-line audience amenities. Address: 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521.

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The Creator

Lauren Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, topping the list thrice including 2022/23. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is a playwright, screenwriter, musical book writer, and children's author who lives in San Francisco. She graduated from NYU Tisch as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. LaurenGunderson.com

Support Poudre Libraries

As a part of OpenStage Theatre & Company’s commitment to Fighting for Community, donations made during the run of The Book of Will will benefit Poudre Libraries. Funds raised will help to support Fort Collins Book Fest in February 2024, a free month-long all-ages celebration of the literary arts.

Donations can be made at the performances, as well as online. When donating online, select Poudre Libraries as the designee.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Options


  • Fab Friday
  • Matinee Performance
  • Pay What You Can
  • Performance
  • Student/Educator Night
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