Dido Queen of Carthage Play by Christopher Marlowe
Concept - Tone’s concept for this 16th century play by Christopher Marlo combines silhouettes of the Elizabethan era with the colors, textures, and motifs of pottery from the ancient Greeks and Phoenicians. This play takes place in Carthage, which was colonized by the Phoenicians. Queen Dido and the other Carthaginians wear Elizabethan courtly clothing with the coloring and texture of ancient Phoenician glassware. The Trojans, led by Aeneas, has the motifs of Greek black-figure ware which would have been made during the time Carthage was established. The Gods, being much more ancient, have the patterns of the ancient Greek geometric period. They are represented in either gold or silver to represent the two sides of war of the Gods over Troy.