Jess Winfield was an original member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, co-author of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), and performed with the troupe from its founding in 1981 until 1992, when he realized he’d played the title role of Hamlet more times than John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier combined and suddenly felt very old. He left the troupe to write and produce animated television for the Walt Disney Company, which made him feel young again — until he’d been there for ten years, at which point he felt old again. He left Disney to write My Name Is Will — A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare (Twelve Books). Depicting excessive drug use and promiscuous sex by both a would-be young Shakespeare scholar in the 1980s and the 18-year-old Immortal Bard himself in the 1580s made Jess feel young again; but then he and Daniel Singer revised the COMPLETE WORKS in honor of its 20th anniversary and directed it in the West End, which made him feel old again. He now lives in Hollywood with his wife (and original RSC costume goddess), Sa, and is working on his second novel … which makes him feel like he’s in his forties.