Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University Present THE LAST WILL, 2/13-24
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by BWW News Desk
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University will present Robert Brustein's final installment of the trilogy about the life of William Shakespeare, The Last Will at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University from February 13 to 24, 2013.
After decades of struggle and success in the city of London, William Shakespeare retires to his country home in Stratford. He is in the last stages of a fatal illness, and as his deteriorating mind obliterates the distinction between fiction and fact, the playwright begins acting as a character in his own plays. Under the delusion that his wife, Anne, is deceiving him with his brother Gilbert, he tries to punish Anne for this imagined adultery by writing her out of his will. Richard Burbage, leader of Shakespeare's Acting Company, still attempts to persuade him to return to London and to playwriting, as Will wrestles with his suspicions, delusions, family resentments, his longing for forgiveness, and final testaments. The Last Will is the third and final part of the trilogy playwright Robert Brustein has written about Shakespeare at various points in his career.
The cast includes Allyn Burrows as William Shakespeare, Brooke Adams as Anne Hathaway, Stacy Fisher as Judith Shakespeare, Merritt Janson as Susanna Shakespeare, Bill Meleady as Francis Collins, and Jeremiah Kissell as Richard Burbage. Set design is by Eric Levenson, costume design by Nancy Leary, lighting design by Eric Southern and sound design by David Remedios.
Performance dates and times are February 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7pm; February 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8pm; and February 16, 17, 23, 24 at 3pm. Press Opening is February 15.
Tickets are $45 Opening and Saturday Nights, $40 General, $30 Seniors, $10 Students and are available through online at www.moderntheatre.com/calendar or by calling 1-800-440-7654. The Modern Theatre is located at 525 Washington Street in Boston's Theatre District.