The Book of Will

The Book of Will

Jul 2-Aug 6, 2022

The Book of Will

Good friends are behind all good stories. And good stories make for good lives.

"Not of an age, but for all time." So reads the posthumous tribute to Shakespeare in the First Folio, the first-ever published compilation of the playwright's work. An evocative love letter to one of theatre's greats, "The Book of Will" tells the heartfelt and hilarious true story of the artists and friends who undertook the herculean effort to publish the Bard's plays in the wake of his death.

Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included.

Please note

Attending an outdoor show in the Boulder foothills can be unpredictable. Come prepared to enjoy the adventure by reviewing our weather policy and attire suggestions. Learn more

Performance dates and times

Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m. (Preview)  $20-$61
Sunday, July 3, 7 p.m. (Opening)  $26-$81
Friday, July 8, 8 p.m.  $22-$69
Saturday, July 9, 8 p.m.  $26-$81
Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m.  $24-$69
Friday, July 15, 8 p.m.  $22-$69
Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m.  $22-$69
Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.  $26-$81
Sunday, July 24, 7 p.m.  $26-$81
Friday, July 29, 8 p.m.  $22-$69
Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m.  $26-$81
Friday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m.  $22-$69
Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m.  $26-$81

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Buying options

Save big with season tickets! This show is available in the Full, Pick 2 or 3, Weekday Will, and Choice Option packages or as an add-on to other season ticket orders. Learn more

Single ticket discounts are available for preview night, groups (10+), youth (K-12), seniors (65+), students, active military and CU employees. Learn more

Performance Extras

Applied Shakespeare Weekend Comprehensive Jul 28-31, 2022

Applied Shakespeare Weekend Comprehensive

Immersive weekend comprehensive designed to provide a deep…

Free Event
Classics 101 May 23-Aug 7, 2022

Classics 101

Learn all about the plays in Colorado Shakespeare…

Free Event
Outdoor Preshow Talks Jun 7-Aug 7, 2022

Outdoor Preshow Talks

CSF offers a free preshow talk—called "Prologue"—given by…

Picnicking Jun 5-Aug 7, 2022


75 minutes before showtime, our grounds come alive…

Shakespeare Gift Cart Jun 5-Aug 7, 2022

Shakespeare Gift Cart

Bring home a lasting memory of your visit…

Free Event
Green Shows Jun 5-Aug 7, 2022

Green Shows

Delight in free outdoor entertainment before the performance—…

Free Event
Shakespeare Gardens Jun 5-Aug 7, 2022

Shakespeare Gardens

The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens (CSG) invites all who…


Rodney Lizcano

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Troy Coleman

Bernardo / Marcus

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Anastasia Davidson

Rebecca Heminges / Anne Hathaway Shakespeare

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Jacob Dresch*

Ralph Crane / Francisco

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Logan Ernstthal*

Ben Jonson

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Walter Kmiec*

John Heminges

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Kyle J. Lawrence

Boy Hamlet / Horatio

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Lucinda Lazo


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Shunté Lofton*

Alice Heminges / Susannah Shakespeare

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Chloe McLeod

Barmaid / Marcellus

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Kevin Rich*

Henry Condell

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Christian Ray Robinson

Compositor / Sir Edward Dering

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Sean Scrutchins*

Ed Knight / Isaac Jaggard

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Karen Slack

Elizabeth Condell / Emilia Bassanio Larnier

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Gary Alan Wright*

Richard Burbage / William Jaggard

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Artistic Team


Lauren Gunderson

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Stage manager

Paul Behrhorst*

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Scenic designer

David J. Castellano^

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Costume designer

Meghan Anderson Doyle

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Sound designer

Jason Ducat^

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Heidi Schmidt

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Assistant stage manager

Kaylyn Kriaski*

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Lighting designer

Shannon McKinney^

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Director of voice and text

Jeffrey Parker

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Dance / Movement Choreographer

Erika Randall

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Projection designer

Garrett Thompson

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Plan your visit

Most CU Presents performances take place on the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus. Take some time to explore our venues, find out how to get here and get more tips on what to do while you’re in town.

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Accessibility Services

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