Theatregoers who caught the recent Public Theater production of David Grimm's Kit Marlowe—which offered one possible version of the rebellious and mysterious Elizabethan author's life—may be interested in the next production from the Off-Off-Broadway company, Target Margin Theatre. Artistic director David Herskovitz will stage a rare production of Christopher Marlowe's drama, Dido, Queen of Carthage, Jan. 17-Feb. 24. The show will take place at the Ohio Theatre in Soho and star Nicole Halmos as Dido.
Dido is the least known and produced work of Marlowe, the short lived contemporary and rival of Shakespeare. Written in collaboration with Thomas Nashe in 1587, it is, perhaps, the first play by the man who would earn greater fame for Tamburlane the Great, Edward II and Doctor Faustus. The story is drawn from Book Four of Virgil's "Aeneid" and is a classic Roman epic set in North Africa.
Marlowe, a bar brawler, atheist and government spy, died of a knife wound in a 1593 tavern fight. He was 29.
Also featured in the cast are Charles Parnell as Aeneas, as well as Greig Sargeant, Rinne Groff, William Badgett, Mary Neufeld, Abigail Savage, Charles Parnell, Steven Rattazzi, Douglass Stewart and Rizwan Manji -- most of them veterans of past Target Margin outings.
Tickets are $15. The Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street in Manhattan. For more information, call (212) 358-3657. --By Robert Simonson