Special Production
NOW PLAYING: July 30-August 8, 2021

Frankie and Will
By Talene Monahon
Directed by Leslee Richards

Dates: July 30-August 8, 2021
Times: Fri-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm
Tickets: FREE

The Vortex Theatre hosts the Albuquerque premiere of Frankie and Will written by Talene Monahon and directed by Leslee Richards. This is the sixth of six plays presented as part of the Vortex' 2021 Virtual Season.

1606 in England during the Black Plague has shut down the theaters, leaving people, including theater people, stuck in their homes. In Frankie and Will, playwright Talene Monahon whimsically imagines William Shakespeare as trapped in quarantine with his unpaid apprentice Francis...


"So, here I am, secluded with only you for company," the Elizabethan dramatist whines theatrically as he lounges on the sofa. "The playhouses are all closed. I cannot masquerade at the pub. I am distanced socially from my dearest friends and treasured courtesans. And, of course, there's the pressure. There's so much PRESSURE. Francis!"

"Pressure, sir?"

"Yes! Pressure! During a PLAGUE. To write something truly . . . unprecedented."


It's safe to say that "Frankie and Will," though fun and funny and just a tad ghoulish, is not especially unprecedented. Monahon wrote it in spring 2020 to launch New York City's MCC LiveLab series of short original one-act plays presented during the theatre shutdown.

The production features Jeff Dolecek (Almost, Maine, Love's Labour's Lost) and Dachary Vann (She Kills Monsters, Romeo and Juliet).


Registration & Video LinksTHIS PRODUCTION IS PRESENTED ONLY ONLINE. Links to the performance will be emailed to registrants on the day of the performance that they selected. Links may be accessed only the day of the selected performance. While the performances are all free of charge, registration allow us to manage licensing and resources for online viewing. Donations are appreciated.

2021 Virtual SeasonThis is the sixth of six plays presented as part of the Vortex's 2021 Virtual Season. Thanks to funding from the City of Albuquerque and New Mexico Arts, all tickets are FREE but advance registration is required to obtain a link to the performance. Six performances are Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm July 30 - August 8, 2021.


Please join us for this final production before we ring down the curtain on our Virtual Season!


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