The Beard of Avon

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October 7 – November 2, 2002 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

How can a stage-struck bumpkin break into the glamorous world of show biz? If your name’s Will Shakspere, you could pose as front-man for word-happy aristocrats too proud to admit they’re scribbling plays for the unwashed masses. After all, there are advantages to being the confidant of the Earl of Oxford, Sir Francis Bacon, and even the Queen…

Playwright Amy Freed and Goodman Resident Director David Petrarca stand an age-old literary debate on its ear in this deliciously witty new play.

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    William Shakspere (right, Rob Campbell) discusses his dream of being an actor with director John Heminge (Greg Vinkler) in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's Chicago premiere production of The Beard of Avon. Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, a hilarious comedy directed by David Petrarca, was part of the 2002/03 season.

  • The Beard of Avon Production Photos
    William Shakspere (Rob Campbell) promises his wife, Anne Hathaway (Hollis Resnik) that he will never leave again in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's Chicago premiere production of The Beard of Avon. Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, a hilarious comedy directed by David Petrarca, was part of the 2002/03 season.

  • The Beard of Avon Production Photos
    Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (Mark Harelik) tells William Shakspere (Rob Campbell) what its like to be an artist in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's Chicago premiere production of The Beard of Avon. Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, a hilarious comedy directed by David Petrarca, was part of the 2002/03 season.

  • The Beard of Avon Production Photos
    William Shakspere (left, Rob Campbell), John Heminge (Greg Vinkler) and Henry Condel (Jeffrey Hutchinson) read a new script in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's Chicago premiere production of The Beard of Avon. Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, a hilarious comedy directed by David Petrarca, was part of the 2002/03 season.

  • The Beard of Avon Production Photos
    A disguised Anne Hathaway (Hollis Resnik) asks Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (Mark Harelik) about his ring in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's Chicago premiere production of The Beard of Avon. Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, a hilarious comedy directed by David Petrarca, was part of the 2002/03 season.

  • The Beard of Avon Production Photos
    Elizabeth, Queen of England (Ora Jones) asks Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (Mark Harelik) if Shakespeare is discreet in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's Chicago premiere production of The Beard of Avon. Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, a hilarious comedy directed by David Petrarca, was part of the 2002/03 season.

  • The Beard of Avon Production Photos
    William Shakspere (center, Rob Campbell) delights in becoming a player in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's Chicago premiere production of The Beard of Avon. Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon, a hilarious comedy directed by David Petrarca, was part of the 2002/03 season.

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