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Brooks Will Play 'Tamburlaine' in Washington

By Michelle
October 11, 2007 - 10:07 PM

Avery Brooks (Sisko) will star in a production of Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC later this month.

The play about a 14th century Asian emperor will feature Brooks in the title role, according to StarTrek.com. Brooks previously appeared at the Shakespeare Theatre in the title role of Oedipus Rex, where he also starred in Othello.

A contemporary of Shakespeare, Marlowe wrote Tamburlaine in 1587, before any of the Bard's classics enabled him to eclipse Marlowe as the foremost playwright of the Elizabethan era. The Shakespeare Theatre writes that the drama "chronicles its hero's meteoric rise from humble origins to fearsome warrior and emperor of thousands."

Franchelle Stewart Dorn, who will co-star as the Queen of Persia, is a resident actor with the Shakespeare Theatre and appeared in a production of Othello there opposite Patrick Stewart (Picard).

The show, which will be staged in the new Sidney Harman Hall, opens Sunday, October 28th and runs through January 6th. Ticketing information is here.

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