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Independent Press Award

2024 Distinguished Favorite

Molly Shipton, Secret Actress

Sheri Graubert

1598. England. Queen Elizabeth rules the waves.Molly Shipton and her sister lose everything in a plague. To escape the clutches of Mr. John Barnes, they escape to Stratford-upon-Avon. Disguised as boys, they earn a living as musicians. After several narrow escapes, they make their way to London. Here Molly becomes a star of the London stage. She works with Burbage, Shakespeare and Kempe. However, it is illegal for girls and women to act professionally. Will Molly's true identity be discovered? Or will Shakespeare continue to write plays with her in mind?

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