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By Kristen LaRue-Sandler — September 28, 2023

Members of the ASU cast of The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson. Photo courtesy Mary Beth Hollmann

The Department of English at ASU announces the cast for the Literature Program's production of scenes from "The Book of Will" by Lauren Gunderson. The performance is part of the Shakespeare at 400 celebration and will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Henry Condell – Amie Bjorklund, ASU teaching artist and film and media studies alum

  • Elizabeth Condell – Ireland Blim, ASU law student

  • John Heminges – Breona Conrad, ASU teaching artist

  • Alice Heminges – Alyssa Figueredo, ASU medical studies student

  • Rebecca Heminges / William Jaggard – Raini St. John, community member

  • Ben Jonson – Mary Beth Hollmann, ASU English staff

  • Isaac Jaggard – Venus Kapadia, ASU English student

  • Ed Knight – Pamela Lang, ASU English graduate student

  • Ralph Crane – Meghan van Dobben, ASU theatre and education student (not pictured)

Breona Conrad and Amie Bjorklund pose in costume. Photo courtesy Mary Beth Hollmann

Rehearsals have begun in earnest. "Let me just say that there is a LOT of educating going on – from acting education to literary to printing – very curious and engaged group!" said show director Mary Beth Hollmann, who is also playing the role of Ben Jonson.

The costumes from the "Book of Will" production at Phoenix Little Theatre ("yes those doublets have the Folio verbiage on them," said Hollmann), are on generous loan from Mesa Community College.

The performance on Oct. 18 will take place in Old Main's Carson Ballroom on the ASU Tempe campus. It will also be livestreamed.

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Image at top: ASU cast members pose with copies of the play. Photo courtesy Mary Beth Hollmann.

Image at right: Teaching artists Breona Conrad and Amie Bjorklund. Photo courtesy Mary Beth Hollmann.