Edward II

Edward II

Written by Christopher Marlowe  |  Directed by David R. Gammons

February 22 – March 19, 2017  |  Free Open Rehearsal Saturday, February 11  | Post-show conversations following Sunday matinees

Venue: Charlestown Working Theater | Charlestown  |  Venue information

Approximate performance time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 15-minute intermission

Please Note: This production contains nudity and strong sexual content, and is not recommended for patrons under the age of 18 without adult approval.

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“My father is deceased; come, Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.” The great-grandfather of Richard II, Edward II showered favor on his treasured friend, Gaveston, leading to bitter resentment from the nobles with fatal consequences. “Can kingly lions fawn on creeping ants?”

 

Marlowe uses the tumultuous history of 14th century England to share one man’s struggle between self identity
and the demands of his court and kingdom, presented in a taut new version that pares the work to eight
characters to suit the intimate space of the CWT and the intensity of his script.

 

In the wake of Edward I’s death, his son Edward has taken the throne as Edward II. His radical ideas around affairs of state, lack of military acumen, and loyalty to his ambitious lover Piers Gaveston pit him against powerful nobles and his calculating queen. These conflicts lead to Gaveston’s exile and murder, new and shifting romantic loyalties on all sides, and revenge and retribution that ultimately seal Edward’s fate.

 

Says director David R. Gammons, “Edward II was kept off the stage for more than 200 years, in large part because of the cultural ambivalence of its social matter and the spectre of male sexuality as a threat to the civilized order of society and power. It depicts a gay relationship in the 14th century, written in the 16th century, in a way that most stories and lives were not openly portrayed until the late 20th century.”

 

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Cast Include:

David J. Castillo David J. Castillo – Prince Edward III
Nigel Gore headshot Nigel Gore* – Earl of Lancaster
Nile Hawver headshot Nile Hawver* – Earl of Kent
Jennie Israel headshot Jennie Israel* – Queen Isabella
Maurice Emmanuel Parent headshot Maurice Emmanuel Parent* – King Edward II
Alex Pollock headshot Alex Pollock* – Lord Mortimer
Eddie Shields headshot Eddie Shields* – Pierce Gaveston
Stewart Evan Smith headshot Stewart Evan Smith – Spencer

 

Designers Include:

  • Set Designer – Sara Brown
  • Lighting Designer – Jeff Adelberg**
  • Costume Designer – Rachel Padula-Shufelt
  • Sound Designer – Dave Wilson**
  • Violence Designer – Omar Robinson
  • Props Master – Elizabeth Rocha
  • Stage Manager – L. Arkansas Light*
  • Production Manager – Deb Sullivan

 

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

** Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829

 

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