A production of a play penned by one of William Shakespeare’s contemporaries is set to open at An Other Theater Company in Provo this weekend.

“Edward II,” written by Christopher Marlowe in 1594, is a “surprisingly open tale of homosexuality” about the reunion of the newly crowned King Edward II and the lover his father banished as now only the disapproving nobles stand between them, according to the company’s artistic director and producer Kacey Spadafora.

“We chose this play specifically because we thought it was so interesting that there was a more-or-less openly queer play written in the 1500s,” Spadafora said. “Shakespeare is so common and beloved in our community, and for good reason. We wanted to find a way to tap into that style and flavor, but in a way that you probably wouldn’t see anywhere else in the valley, so a Marlowe play about a gay king seemed like a perfect fit.”

The production opens Friday and will run through Feb. 2 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at An Other Theater Company, located in Provo Towne Centre, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd., Provo.

Tickets are available for $12-$14, with several “Pick Your Price” options for Friday’s premiere and $5 “Play-it-Forward” tickets that may be purchased for others who can’t afford them, online at anothertheatercompany.com. Tickets are $3 more when purchased at the door.

Sarah Harris

Features Reporter

Sarah Harris writes about arts and entertainment for the Daily Herald.

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