The Beard of Avon


by Amy Freed

This is a witty farce about William Shakespeare which was nominated for a 2004 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play.  “Will Shakspere” is a stage-struck country bumpkin who longs to flee his dirty barn, his wife, and endless chores to join the ranks of poets and playwrights flourishing in Elizabethan London. Shakspere’s emergence as a writer of considerable talent finally impresses more than just his fellow actors.  We watch Shakspere become "Shakespeare" the front man, putting his name on works by Sir Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and even the formidable monarch herself, Elizabeth I. 

These illustrious historical figures were all secret playwrights who feared association with the common people who made up theatrical audiences of the time, preferring that Will Shakespeare claim authorship.

Needless to say, playwright Amy Freed has supported just one of many theories about who and what Shakespeare actually was in this comic drama, but she also reflects on creative genius and the artists’ struggle to give it shape. Join us and be delighted in this wonderful and irreverent tribute to the man (or men/women) called William Shakespeare!

Suggested for: High school age and older.

Students $12    Adults $25 

Produced by Cloverdale Performing Arts Center


Generously sponsored by

Lee Hunt and Joan Meisel

and by

Dobie Edmunds and Thomas King

* * PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY - We request that our guests arrive early to be seated prior to performances. 
Late seating is not guaranteed.
In respect for our performers and audience members, please refrain from wearing excessive fragrances or talking. 
Photography of any kind is prohibited in the theater during performances. 

“The Beard of Avon” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company

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