For centuries scholars have debated his place of birth educational background and even his true name. Despite being a world-renowned playwright Shakespeare’s identity is a bit mysterious. Those who subscribe to the Marlovian Theory believe Shakespeare was not even a person at all; instead a pseudonym adopted by Christopher Marlowe an accomplished Elizabethan playwright and poet.
Christopher Marino artistic director of Wilmington’s Dram Tree Shakespeare Inc. is enthralled by the uncertainty of Shakespeare’s personal history.
“I think there was a man named Shakespeare. Whether he was born in Straftord or not he existed ” Marino says.
Marino believes Shakespeare’s plays have caused controversy because they were found to be more collaborative than initially thought.
“‘Macbeth’ was a collaboration with John Middleton ” he explains. “There’s a lost play called ‘Cardenio’ that was taken from ‘Don Quixote’ that was a collaboration with John Fletcher.”
Marino’s fascination with the Bard led him to obtain two graduate degrees in dramatic arts and to start a Shakespearean theatre company.
“I was a founding member of a theatre company in DC called Taffety Punk. . . . We were a hybrid of classical musicians actors and dancers and we brought a young audience to the work ” he says.
After accepting a theatre teaching position at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2013 Marino created a theatre company in Wilmington —