Buy Tickets From the 2015-2016 Season: Bill Cain’s Equivocation Playing April 23, 2016 to May 08, 2016

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show!

Jeff Watkins as Shagspeare, Clark Taylor as Sir Robert Cecil

“We don’t do politics,” Shakespeare says “We do histories. True histories of the past.”

England, 1605: A terrorist plot to assassinate King James I and blow up Parliament 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.

Advisory: Contains adult language

Audience Note: A limited food menu will be available before the Mother's Day performance

Join us after the opening night performance on April 23rd to celebrate Shakespeare's 400 year legacy with cake and champagne!

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday May 1 after the show!

EQUIVOCATION is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Director's Notes

Directed by Jaclyn Hofmann

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Act One - 75 min / 15 min intermission / Act Two - 75 min (Ending time is approx. 10:15pm/9:15pm Sun)

Show Roles

Performances April 23-May 8, 2016

William Shagspeare - Jeff Watkins
Judith - Elizabeth Diane Wells
Nate/Cecil - Clark Taylor
Richard Burbage - Robin Bloodworth
Sharpe - Matt Felten
Armin - Nicholas Faircloth

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm.

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These are plays you may have read in high school or college. The plot is fairly uncomplicated, though some of the themes may be dense or dark. These plays may include supernatural elements, straight-forward politics, historical content or religious content. In these plays, there may also be bawdy language and certain adult situations. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show.

Note for all plays: The performers of The Atlanta Shakespeare Company are specially trained to make Shakespeare’s text and intention clear, no matter the plot or the subject matter. They know precisely how to get to the emotional core of each line, each moment, each scene. We promise you will understand everything! Leave the heavy lifting to us!

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