Play about Shakespeare bow in February

“Equivocation,” a play by Bill Cain (“Stand-Up Tragedy”) about Shakespeare, will round out the 2009-10 season at Manhattan Theater Club, bowing in a February slot at MTC’s Off Broadway venue.

No director or cast is yet confirmed.

Set in the early 17th century, the play follows what happens when Shakespeare is commissioned by a member of King James’ entourage to write a play about the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Show preemed in April at the Oregon Shakespeare Fest in a production helmed by Bill Rauch (“The Clean House”). A separate production of “Equivocation” is skedded to play the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. in the fall.

In Gotham, “Equivocation” begins previews Feb. 9 ahead of a March 2 opening. Play joins an MTC season that already includes Broadway stagings of “The Royal Family” and two plays by Donald Margulies, among other offerings.

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