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Murdering Marlowe  | Open: 10/11/05 Close: 10/23/05
The "green-eyed monster" of jealousy between playwrights William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe comes to life in "Murdering Marlowe," a brilliant new play by Charles Marowitz. Jason King Jones directs this apocryphal thriller in its east coast premiere, onstage at the Access Theater from Tuesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 23.

Up-and-coming writer Will Shakespeare is trying to make a name for himself in London's theatre scene. Only 29 years old and stuck in a loveless marriage, Shakespeare's home life fares little better than his writing career, as he toils under the shadow of literary giant, Christopher Marlowe. Will's luck changes when the bawdy and brash Marlowe falls out of favor with the moralistic Crown government, and he suddenly finds himself poised to depose the "king" of the Elizabethan stage.

William Shakespeare is played by Cedric Hayman, whose Off-Broadway credits include "Richard III" with the Acting Company and "Unbound" with the Prospect Theatre Company. Christopher Marlowe is played by Glenn Peters, who comes to the show just from his performance in "The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World" with the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway credits include "The Turn of the Screw," "Murder by Poe," and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

Rounding out the cast of nine are Jeremy Beazlie as Ingram Frizer, Bryan Cogman as Henry Maunder, Nicholas Coleman as the Henchman, Patrick Hallahan as Robert Poley, Caralyn Kozlowski as Emilia, Tim McGeever as Philip Henslowe, and Mandy Olsen as Anne Hathaway.

The world of sixteenth-century London will be created by set designer Brian J. Ruggaber, costume designer Maggie Dick, lighting designer Aaron Spivey, and sound designer Zachary Quarles.

In Actu Theatre is an artists' collective that utilizes the collaborative nature of theatre to rouse its members and the community into action by creating a forum for passionate discourse. The company celebrates the immediacy and transience of the theatrical experience by continually generating compelling, socially-relevant, and classically-inspired works. "Murdering Marlowe" is In Actu Theatre's inaugural production.

Located in the heart of the downtown theater scene, on the fourth floor of 380 Broadway (two blocks south of Canal Street), The Access Theater is a 64-seat black box in a former textile warehouse in TriBeCa. The venue has recently played host to various Fringe Festival companies as well as the hit play, "Busted Jesus Comix."