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$50.00 Royalty per Performance

$10.00 Single-Use Copyright Fees

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Read the Play
(minus the ending)

Campion's Will

Read the Play (minus the ending)

A Play in One Act
by Fred J. Abbate
1F / 2M
Approximate Playing Time: 1 Hour

Edmund Campion, an academic superstar, became the object of a widespread manhunt as one of the first Jesuit priests sent to England on a secret mission to minister to Catholics. As an enemy of the Queen, he stayed constantly on the move, often changing his identity, hiding with dozens of families sympathetic to or practicing Catholicism. Among his houses of refuge, were several in the Lancashire area, including Rufford Hall, the home of Sir Thomas Hesketh. Several Shakespeare scholars have suggested the fascinating possibility that young William could have met Campion while earning a living as a performer and sometime-schoolmaster in the Lancashire region. Although the evidence is quite slim for the reality of this encounter, Campion’s Will brings the two geniuses together in 1581 just months before Campion was captured and brutally executed. Campion, at first suspicious that Will might be a spy for the Crown, gradually begins to understand that he is sparring with a gifted, razor-sharp thinker. Will quickly recognizes the life-and-death struggle that Campion has been confronting. An energetic debate ensues about sin, sanctity, martyrdom and the role of God in human lives as an escalating friendship builds between the two extraordinary characters. $10 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $50 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

$50.00 Royalty per Performance
$10.00 Single-Use Copyright Fees