The rarely produced work penned by Christopher Marlowe began performances Dec. 11 and officially opened Dec. 15. Originally scheduled to conclude performances Jan. 13, the production was extended through Jan. 27.
The Red Bull production marked the world premiere of the adaptation of Edward the Second by the late Garland Wright. Left unfinished at the time of his death, the adaptation was completed by Red Bull artistic director Jesse Berger.
Mark Vietor, Kenajuan Bentley and Randy Harrison star in Jesse Berger's contemporary staging of Marlowe's work that explores the personal and political relationship of Edward the II and his lover Piers Gaveston.
Edward the Second also features Arthur Bartow, 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.
Press notes describe the production as "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 creative team includes Tony Award winner John Arnone (set design), Clint Ramos (costume design), Peter West (lighting design) and Rick Sordelet (fight direction).
The Peter Jay Sharp Theater is located in Manhattan at 416 West 42nd Street. For further information visit www.redbulltheater.com.