A century before the Shakespeare authorship debate, a young Lutheran pastor publishes a satirical book comparing the Bard’s authenticity to Jesus Christ’s divinity. With the help of renowned actress Charlotte Cushman, he overcomes his writer’s block and believes he’s ended atheistic arguments once and for all. But when the book is taken literally, his ensuing crisis of confidence leads to a crisis of faith… and a reckoning with the true meaning of Shakespeare. Historic Doubts is not only based on true events, featuring real historical figures, but the story also grapples with arguably the two most influential texts in human history: the Bible and Shakespeare’s works. The enduring impact of the words themselves are much more interesting than who wrote them. In this way, Historic Doubts is absolutely in conversation — at one point, quite literally — with time-tested classics.
Avant Bard would like to thank Sara Cormeny and Pete Miller for their support of the 2024 Scripts in Play Festival.
Performance Days and Times
Friday, February 2, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mason Exhibitions Arlington
Director: Stevie Zimmerman
Dramaturg: Kate Foster Vishniakova
Stage Manager: Jessica Schweizer