Marlowe's Edward the Second Makes a Return with Vietor and Harrison Dec. 11

News   Marlowe's Edward the Second Makes a Return with Vietor and Harrison Dec. 11
Mark Vietor and Randy Harrison begin performances in the Red Bull Theatre Company production of Christopher Marlowe's rarely produced Edward the Second Dec. 11 in New York City.
Kenajuan Bentley and Marc Vietor in Edward the Second.
Kenajuan Bentley and Marc Vietor in Edward the Second. Photo by Brian Dilg

In Marlowe's production, press notes state, "King Edward the Second asserts his right to have the private life he desires, only to have his love, his life and his kingdom destroyed. A timely examination of the struggle for personal human rights amidst a powerful public need for political expediency. It examines the question of whether an individual in public service has the right to a personal life. In a climate of political opportunism, this play confronts the question of individual rights head on, leading to a universal discussion of human rights, amidst a great personal and very public drama of sex, power, and war." The cast for Edward the Second comprises Mark Vietor as Edward II with Randy Harrison (Wicked, "Queer as Folk"), Arthur Bartow, Kenajuan Bentley, Rob Breckenridge, Wesley Broulik, Joseph Costa, William DeMerritt, Davis Hall, Lucas Hall, Claire Lautier, Garth Wells McArdle, Matthew Rauch, Raum-Aron, Derrick LeMont Sanders, Raphael Nash Thompson and Patrick Vaill.

Red Bull artistic director Jesse Berger directs the production with a creative team that features Tony Award winner John Arnone (set design), Clint Ramos (costume design), Peter West (lighting design) and Rick Sordelet (fight direction).

Adapted by Garland Wright, Edward the Second will run through Jan. 13, 2008, opening Dec. 15, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Red Bull's "Revelation Readings" will also feature Bertolt Brecht's 20th-century revisionist interpretation of Edward the Second, featuring cast members from the Marlowe production, on Jan. 7, 2008.

Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater is located in Manhattan at 416 W. 42nd Street. Tickets are available by visiting or by calling (212) 279-4200.

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