England, 1605: A terrorist plot to assassinate King James I and blow Parliament to kingdom come with 36 barrels of devilish gunpowder! Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard's name) is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the prime minister, to write the "true historie" of the plot. And it must have witches! The King wants witches! But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe, under the direction of the great Richard Burbage, investigate the plot, they discover that the King's version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma. Speak truth to power—and perhaps lose their heads? Or take the money and lie? Is there a third option—equivocation? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, EQUIVOCATION gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag's younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.
Costume Designer: Michele McNeal
Sound Designer: Hazen Tobar
Lighting Designer: TBA
Scenic Designer: Dane Leasure
Stage Manager: Erin Riffle
Director: Dane CT Leasure**
This production contains mature language and violence.
Estimated run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes.
EQUIVOCATION was developed at TheatreWorks,
Palo Alto, CA, as part of their New Works Festival
and the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Robert Egan, Artistic Director.
It was originally produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival;
Bill Rauch, Artistic Director; Paul Nicholson, Executive Director.
It was originally produced in New York City by
Manhattan Theatre Club, on February 10, 2010
(Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer)
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.