The Jew of Malta
Christopher “Kit” Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593) was an English dramatist, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian before William Shakespeare, he is known for his magnificent blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his own untimely death.
The Jew of Malta (1589) is an original story of religious conflict, intrigue, and revenge, set against a backdrop of the struggle for supremacy between Spain and the Ottoman Empire in the Mediterranean. The Jew of Malta is considered to have been a major influence on William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
The play contains a prologue in which the character Machiavel, a Senecan ghost based on Niccolò Machiavelli, introduces “the tragedy of a Jew.” (summary by Wikipedia)
Thomas Heywood: The well-known dramatist of the time has included Prologues and Epilogues both for the court and the Cock-Pit theatre “…making choice of you unto whom to devote it;” . (summary by David Lawrence)Cast:
Ferneze, as Governor of Malta and - Lars RolanderLodowick, his son - Jay SaundersSelim Calymath, son to the Grand Seignior - Damien Tavis TomanMartin del Bosco, vice-admiral of Spain - Michael SiroisMathias, a gentleman - Daniel HuttonJacomo, a friar - Kevin VinckBarnardine, a friar - Aaron ElliottBarabas, a wealthy Jew - EHehlIthamore, a slave - Denny SayersKatharine, mother to Mathias - GesineAbigail, daughter to Barabas - Andrea LeeBellamira, a courtezan - SilencePilia-Borza, a bully, attendant to Bellamira - CM SlossonFirst Jew and First Knight - Miriam Esther GoldmanSecond Jew, Second Officer, Second Knightand Second Merchant - Ryan DeRamosThird Jew, Slave and Carpenter - Laurie Anne WaldenOfficer/First Officer - Eric J. KatowitzMerchant/First Merchant - Anna SimonMessenger - Lucy PerryMachiavel, as Prologue Speaker - ontheroadAnnouncer - Jennifer Stearns
Audio edited by - David Lawrence