Christopher Marino

Dram Tree Shakespeare

There’s an old saying about Shakespeare plays:  they’re a lot more fun to act in than they are to watch. 

However, there are efforts in town that are shaking apart that old idea and building a whole new paying audience for Shakespeare.  We’re seeing this most notably with Dram Tree Shakespeare and Alchemical Theatre, whose productions are associated with the Theater Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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Alchemical Theatre is Wilmington's newest theater company. It's presenting Much Ado About Nothing under the direction of founder Christopher Marino (who also plays villain Don John in the show). The show is set in the post-Civil War South. Leonato is played by Fred Grandy ("Gopher" from the Love Boat), who also came to town for Marino's production of Measure for Measure last year.

The Shakespearean canon seems to address the entire spectrum of human foible and fallibility. Modern audiences continue to find meaning in the work to address humankind's existential struggle. Christopher Marino, a Shakespeare scholar, director, and actor, recently went to the Bard for assistance in a critique of North Carolina's HB2 law (the "Bathroom Bill").

The Warehouse Macbeth: Site-Specific & Intimate

Sep 10, 2015
Joel Vannfuller

Christopher Marino is the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare, the (relatively) new Shakespeare production company founded last year.  While Dram Tree has produced performances as a part of other events (such as Wilmington's 275th birthday bash and for the Midsummer debut party), this is the company's first full production:  The Tragedy of Macbeth.  Marino is directing the show.