This world-premiere production of MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD will be presented at The Theater for the New City by Lil Rascal Productions, and will be helmed by Rachel Klein ("Around the World in 80 Days", "The Anthem", "GRINDR The Opera"), with music direction and orchestrations by Andy Peterson ("Atomic", "Stalker the Musical"). MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD has previously been presented within the 4x15 series at the Musical Theatre Factory, and was included in the York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series in March, 2016.
EDWARD II by famed Tragedian Christopher Marlowe, was written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and depicted the fall of the eponymous monarch. It was a bold, groundbreaking play for the 16th Century, because it explicitly portrayed an English sovereign whose doom came about because of his love of another man. Marlowe's "Edward II" is still performed around the world to this day. 1969 marked the first professional production in 300 years, which was produced by The Prospect Theatre Company, starring Sir Ian McKellen. In addition to Marlowe's text, the play has famously been adapted by Bertolt Brecht in 1923 under the title, "Leben Eduard des Zweiten von England" (The Life of Edward the Second of England). A film version of Marlowe's play was released in 1991 directed by Derek Jarman and starring Tilda Swinton and Annie Lennox. MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD is a musical adaptation of that same story, wherein Marlowe narrates this epic true story of 14th Century political intrigue, deception, war and love. MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD tells a 700-year-old story with striking resonance to our current culture, wherein a 21st Century audience will hear a 16th century playwright tell the tale of a 14th century sovereign in a way that ties all three periods together.