written by Nick Ryan Performed by Elliot Eustis, Yuval Boim, Jason Bohon, Katie Hartman, Katie Melby, Jake Ford, Amanda Fuller, Robin Rothman, and Tom Picasso. Lights by Dan Rousseau. In this new, gay Elizabethan adventure from 3 Sticks Theatre, Christopher Marlowe, spy for the Queen, enlists William Shakespeare on his most dangerous mission yet. The theory that William Shakespeare wrote love sonnets for the Earl of Southampton but discretely loved rival playwright Christopher Marlowe fuels Nick Ryan's sizzling comedy, BARDS. It opens with the seemingly good news that the Plague has closed the theaters in London, opening the way for Shakespeare's conversion to Catholicism, under the patronage of the lascivious Earl of Southampton. Meanwhile Chris Marlowe signs up as a spy for the Queen and then gets Shakespeare to conspire against the Earl.