It Was Kit: The ‘True’ Story of Christopher Marlowe, written by Allison McWood, will be at the 2006 Fringe of Toronto Festival this July. Directed by Regan Macaulay and Co-Produced by Mad Frau Productions (Allison McWood and Dan Staheli). Check back for more updates as the Fringe draws near.
Synopsis: What do we really know about Christopher Marlowe? We openly discuss Shakespeare, his celebrated contemporary, but what about the dark playwright who fell victim to one of the most murderous controversies of the English Renaissance? It Was Kit is a farce which examines the last week of Marlowe’s life, raising questions regarding the accuracy of history, the legitimacy of the Monarchy and the interpretation of the artist. Every character in the play existed in history: Thomas Kyd, Robert Greene, Ingram Frizer, Eleanor Bull, Richard Baines, William Shakespeare among many others. Laced with actual, historical quotes and references, the play combines historical elements with the contemporary, drawing relevant comparisons between the two eras. This comedic twist on history suggests Marlowe was a man as well as a phenomenon. Murder and espionage has never been this much fun!