BC alum and member of the Society of Jesus, Bill Cain ’70, wins this year’s Arts Council Alumni Award. Not only was he the founder of the Boston Shakespeare Company where he was Artistic Director for seven seasons,but has also had an outstanding career as a playwright and screenwriter. Bill Cain’s work as a renowned and award-winning playwright and screenwriter made him an excellent choice for this year’s award. As the recipient of the BC Arts Council Alumni Award, Bill Cain will be doing a live interview at Boston College during “Inside the BC Studio” at the 12th Annual Arts Festival on Friday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Gasson 305. Additionally he will officially be presented with his award at the “Taste of the Festival” reception, dinner, entertainment and arts event on Saturday, May 1 at 5: p.m. in the Murray Function Room.
After his success as the author of the widely produced play Stand-Up Tragedy, which earned six L.A. Critics Awards and four Helen Hayes Awards, Bill Cain has attained success once again with his most recent work:Equivocation. Equivocation, was produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Marin Theatre, and recently appeared off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club‘s New York City Center. His new play is set in 1606 England and begins when King James’ right hand man commissions William Shakespeare to write a new play about the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy. According to the MTC: “Equivocation is a bold new look at the greatest playwright ever in a drama whose contemporary parallels are unmistakable and whose laughter is abundant-a work of startling revelations and vibrant theatrically.” While Jess Oxfeld of The New York Observer calls the play “a history lesson, and a comedy, full of theater jokes and Shakespeare jokes, but more than anything, it is an intriguing and powerful medication on language and the uses and misuses of it.”
With all of his past and current accomplishments, Bill Cain was chosen to be honored as the 12th Annual Arts Festival’s Arts Council Alumni Award Recipient. Fr Bill Cain will now enter a small circle of alumni to receive the award such as: Chris O’Donnell ’92, Ellis Paul ’87, James Balog ’74, Amy Poehler ’93, Paul Daigneault ’87, Tom McCarthy ’88 and Brendan Galvin ’60.