SANDWICH — Advice To The Players, Sandwich’s Shakespeare company, will be continuing its 2019 Studio Series with Timothy Mooney’s “Thy Will” on Saturday, Aug. 17. at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center at 12 Main Street in Sandwich.

In a continuation of the 2019 Studio Series theme of Shakespeare-adjacent, this reading asks the question: Who wrote Shakespeare’s plays? Was it the man himself or was he simply given the credit? It’s an argument that has stumped historians for centuries and there are many on either side of the picket line.

In “Thy Will,” Mooney explores the life of Mary Sidney, one of the writers some historians have claimed may have been the real Shakespeare, through a fictional telling “in her own words.” Including such characters as Ben Johnson and Queen Elizabeth I, “Thy Will” brings history to life with wit. This reading is directed by Chase Rozelle, a newly joined company member of Advice To The Players who comes with his own long history of theater.

The 2019 Studio Series consists of six readings offered throughout the summer that are directed and read by Advice To The Players’ exceptional company and then offered to our community by donation.

Most of the readings in our 2019 series are Shakespeare adjacent to help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary of producing the Bard’s work in New Hampshire.

Happening on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. these readings are an opportunity to workshop in-progress work, which means the audience is invited to stay after the reading for a question-and-answer session to share their responses directly with the playwright in most circumstances.

For more information about 2019’s series, go to advicetotheplayers.org/the-studio-series.

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