Eva Knott 2:42 p.m., May 21
Local theater currently offers a rarely produced play by Christopher Marlowe (Edward II) at Diversionary, and a play about Don Miguel de Cervantes (Man of La Mancha) at the Welk. Along with receiving capable productions these otherwise very different writers may have something else in common.
Do souls transmigrate? Do they move from one body to the next at, or after, death? Or is this kind of talk just giddy poo-bah?
Yes? Then consider.
Michaelangelo Buonarroti, the great Italian artist, died in 1564. Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare were born that same year, as was Galileo Galilei, the earth-shaking astronomer/physicist.
Did Michaelangelo's soul fork into the three of them?
(Okay, Michaelangelo died February 18, and Galileo was born three days earlier, but still: think of the propinquity!).
But here's a reverse-kicker: did a soul-flow cease in 1616?
Miguel de Cervantes was born in 1547. He wrote most of Don Quixote, Part I in a cheap apartment he shared with his wife, family, and relatives on Calle del Rastro in a poor section of Valladolid, Spain (the rooms were so cramped and noisy, writes Hershcel Brickell, "all young writers who complain of not being able to work except under ideal conditions should visit" them).
Cervantes died April 23, 1616.
So did William Shakespeare.