The Jew of Malta


The Jew of Malta
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Genre: Tragedy
Language: English
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Christopher “Kit” Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593) was an English dramatist, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian before William Shakespeare, he is known for his magnificent blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his own untimely death.

The Jew of Malta (1589) is an original story of religious conflict, intrigue, and revenge, set against a backdrop of the struggle for supremacy between Spain and the Ottoman Empire in the Mediterranean. The Jew of Malta is considered to have been a major influence on William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

The play contains a prologue in which the character Machiavel, a Senecan ghost based on Niccolò Machiavelli, introduces “the tragedy of a Jew.” (summary by Wikipedia)

Thomas Heywood: The well-known dramatist of the time has included Prologues and Epilogues both for the court and the Cock-Pit theatre “…making choice of you unto whom to devote it;” . (summary by David Lawrence)

    Cast:

    Ferneze, as Governor of Malta and - Lars Rolander
    Lodowick, his son - Jay Saunders
    Selim Calymath, son to the Grand Seignior - Damien Tavis Toman
    Martin del Bosco, vice-admiral of Spain - Michael Sirois
    Mathias, a gentleman - Daniel Hutton
    Jacomo, a friar - Kevin Vinck
    Barnardine, a friar - Aaron Elliott
    Barabas, a wealthy Jew - EHehl
    Ithamore, a slave - Denny Sayers
    Katharine, mother to Mathias - Gesine
    Abigail, daughter to Barabas - Andrea Lee
    Bellamira, a courtezan - Silence
    Pilia-Borza, a bully, attendant to Bellamira - CM Slosson
    First Jew and First Knight - Miriam Esther Goldman
    Second Jew, Second Officer, Second Knight
    and Second Merchant - Ryan DeRamos
    Third Jew, Slave and Carpenter - Laurie Anne Walden
    Officer/First Officer - Eric J. Katowitz
    Merchant/First Merchant - Anna Simon
    Messenger - Lucy Perry
    Machiavel, as Prologue Speaker - ontheroad
    Announcer - Jennifer Stearns

    Audio edited by - David Lawrence

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