Beard of Avon

The Beard of Avon

By Amy Freed
Directed by Jessica Burgess
October 22 – November 20, 2005

“Director Jessica Burgess and a well-drilled cast, led by the winning Grady Weatherford as Will, tackle their assignments with the ravenous pleasure of hyenas feasting on a leg of gnu.”
— Washington Post

Will Shakespeare, a country simpleton who longs for something more than his filthy barn, escapes Stratford with an acting troupe only to become an abused bit-player and the unwitting pawn of the Earl of Oxford and other members of the court who use him as a front man for their previously un-producible plays. Smart and funny, raunchy and wild, Pulitzer Prize nominee Amy Freed has created a clever farce about the controversial notions of Shakespeare’s authorship and on the meaning of creativity itself.

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PRODUCED BY Jenny McConnell Frederick and Randy Baker

FEATURING Company Members Grady Weatherford and Scott McCormick with Austin Bragg, Patrick Bussink, Valerie Fenton, Andrew Jessop, Eric Singdahlsen, Brent Stansell, Wendy Wilmer
DESIGNED BY Elizabeth Baldwin (Props), Matthew Frederick (Sound), David C. Ghatan (Set and Lights), Jenn Miller (Costumes), Jesse Terrill (Original Music Composition)
STAGE MANAGED BY Ellen Houseknecht and Gwen Grastorf (Asst. Stage Manager)
WITH Michael Dove (Technical Director), Andrew F. Griffin (Asst. Lighting Design)

Rorschach Theatre’s SEASON 6 is sponsored in part by a generous gift from The Dobranski Foundation

Performed in THE SANCTUARY THEATRE at Casa Del Pueblo Calvary Methodist Church
(Rorschach Theatre’s home: 2002-2007)