Marlowe: An Elizabethan Tragedy: Screenplay

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9781595959997: Marlowe: An Elizabethan Tragedy: Screenplay

This is the screenplay based on the of the 1988 Equity Waiver production in Los Angeles. This play is about the Elizabethan poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, who was also a secret agent working for the the early English Secret Service.

The play traces this secret career from his recruitment in 1585 by Elizabeth I's Secretary of State Sir Francis Walsingham and his initial work as an agent against the attempt by Catholic nobles to have her killed and Mary, Queen of Scots placed on the throne in her place, to his infiltration of the Jesuit seminary at Rheims and his discovery of the plan to invade English by the Spanish, and his career as the best-known playwright of his era. His radical religious views and his betrayal by a lover bring him into great difficulty and he is murdered for reasons of state by his fellow agents in 1593.

Although hypothetical, Hamit's play fits the known facts about Marlowe's life and careers and was called " A fascinating work of historical speculation" by the Los Angeles Times when it was produced  by the Shakespeare Society of America in June 1988. It is now being prepared as a motion picture.

Characters in the play include not just Marlowe, but the English dramatists William Shakespeare, Thomas Kyd, and Robert Greene, and court nobles such as Sir Francis Walsingham, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Robert Cecil.

It is written in the language of the period and is a script rather than a full narrative.

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From Ray Lloyn's review in the Los Angeles Times:

The thrust of the drama  is Marlowe's double life as a spy in the service of his queen..  The production is historically gripping, portraying the arrogance of a genius who played too many cards for his own good. The scholarly conjecture in this costume drama is tantalizing.

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