True Will

Full-length: It's spring of 1941, and the Nazi blitz that has overrun mainland Europe is on the verge of destroying Britain. Why then does Rudolf Hess suddenly drop in – literally – wanting to talk peace? Is it a trick, or is he merely, as he appears to be, insane?

And why does Winston Churchill allow the raging occultist/mystic Aleister Crowley to interrogate Hess?

Worse, why...
Full-length: It's spring of 1941, and the Nazi blitz that has overrun mainland Europe is on the verge of destroying Britain. Why then does Rudolf Hess suddenly drop in – literally – wanting to talk peace? Is it a trick, or is he merely, as he appears to be, insane?

And why does Winston Churchill allow the raging occultist/mystic Aleister Crowley to interrogate Hess?

Worse, why are an unknown officer named Ian Fleming (still a great disappointment to his mother) and a famous actor-playwright – Noel Coward, of all people – supervising this dubious venture?

Add in the sudden appearance of the ghost of Fleming's former fiancée, a blithe spirit if there ever was, and suddenly the fate of the entire United Kingdom – not to mention the new play Coward is trying to come up with and Fleming’s impending wedding – are all on the line.

A historical spoof of alliances, patriotism, egos, magic, artistic inspiration, the origins of James Bond, and the sexual aspects of yoga, all of which lead Fleming to make a life-changing discovery and decision.
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  • Kim E. Ruyle:
    24 Jun. 2024
    True Will is brilliantly imaginative, a treasure trove of Easter eggs for aficionados of Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, WW2 history, yoga, the occult, and more. Triplett is a true craftsman – his script is intelligent, engaging, fast paced, and populated with delightful characters who deliver one clever line after another. Highly recommended.
  • Rachel Feeny-Williams:
    15 Oct. 2022
    You always know you're onto a winner when the character list makes you smile. From there you are catapulted into a brilliantly funny (laugh out loud funny) play with wonderfully witty back and forth dialogue ("Ah, yes. Noël Coward and the lesser Fleming. This cannot be good." - Fabulous!) This play is one that carries its audience through a fabulously funny story constructed of unique characters and great dialouge. Its that perfect mixture that makes a reader wants to see it live!
  • Christopher Plumridge:
    11 Oct. 2022
    To bring such varied historical characters together like this is truly inspired! Triplett brings us such a strong, believable character analysis of Noel Coward, and I couldn't help but smile as I saw the story of Blythe Spirit unfold. Indeed this whole play had me smiling throughout, I would love to see this staged, it would be hilarious! There's even one section where the characters find the whole story so unbelievable that they assume they might be in a play themselves! BRILLIANT!

Development History

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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Summer Playwrights Festival
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The Road Theatre Co.
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2017
Winner
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Panndora's Box New Works Festival
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Panndora Productions
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2016