In 1606, Robert Cecil, prime minister to King James I of England, commissions Shakespeare to write a play about the recent Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up the king and his court. The king simply requests that Shakespeare add some flattering dialogue – and witches. Shakespeare and his company grapple with issues of artistry, politics, morality and, perhaps most importantly, life and death. If the play inadvertently offends the king, playwright and players could lose their heads. Shakespeare must decide to what degree he is willing to equivocate about the truth and maintain his integrity as an artist. Bill Cain has written about 20 parts to be played by six actors, including parts from another play Shakespeare is writing at the same time that would become Macbeth.