Murdering Marlowe

By Charles Marowitz
September 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30, Wismer Theatre

Directed by Joel P. Rogers
Scenic Design:  David Beasley
Sound Design:  Dr. Katie Whitlock
Lighting Design:  Adrian Torres
Costume and Make-Up Designer:  Gail Holbrook

William Shakespeare, in his mid-twenties, an aspiring playwright without a foothold in London, is desperate to make his mark. The greatest obstacle to his achieving the success he believes he richly deserves is the prominence of Christopher Marlowe, the “superstar” of the Elizabethan theatre. So formidable is his envy against this charismatic playwright that he persuades himself the only way to achieve his goal is to remove Marlowe from the scene. After the fatal blows have been struck, Will reveals himself to Marlowe as the arch conspirator who has masterminded his downfall. With his last gasps, Marlowe condemns the paltriness of his dramatic rival, and Shakespeare’s star rapidly begins to rise.

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