E2

Recently crowned, Edward II struggles to lead England while navigating a relationship that could bring about his downfall. A contemporary reimagining of Christopher Marlowe's EDWARD II. E2 will premiere at Maryland's Rep Stage in November of 2019.
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E2

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  • Tina Esper:
    3 May. 2019
    This brilliant reimagining of Marlowe's Edward II stuns and surprises with its adroit humor, clever twists and touching humanity. E2 stradles period drama and contemporary issues with a deftness and skill that had me captivated throughout. A truly luminous play.
  • William Triplett:
    1 May. 2019
    Today, there's much talk about equal rights, dignity and respect for all, but does it really apply to everyone? Aren't certain leaders -- like kings -- still held to outdated standards because they symbolize the identity of a nation? Bartlett explores these questions through his marvelous updating of Marlowe's Edward II, whose homoerotic relationship with a friend since childhood is perceived as a threat to the state. An epic re-telling that resonates with the present.
  • Donna Hoke:
    29 Apr. 2019
    What would happen if the King of England were gay? Even in today's more accepting world, nobody's safe until everybody's safe--especially when the stakes are high--and Bob has done a beautiful job illustrating that with this modern adaptation of Marlowe's EDWARD II. Bravo!

Character Information

  • King Edward II
    mid to late 20s,
    White
    ,
    Male
    the King of England, Edward of Carnavan
  • Piers de Gaveston
    mid to late 20s,
    Black, Latino, or a person of color
    ,
    Male
    Earl of Cornwall and a favourite of the King
  • Isabella
    30s,
    Black, Latina, or a person of color
    ,
    Female
    daughter of the King of France and wife (Queen Consort) of the King of England
  • Roger Mortimer
    mid to late 30s,
    White
    ,
    Male
    advisor to the King of England; a soldier and paramour of the Queen
  • Prince Edward/Edward III
    pre-teen,
    Mixed
    ,
    Male

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Rep Stage ' The Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival
    ,
    2019
  • Commission
    ,
    Rep Stage
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Rep Stage
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Rep Stage
    ,
    2018