Synopsis: Christopher Marlowe, a student at Cambridge University, becomes a spy for the Crown, and the greatest playwright of his day. Due to his involvement in secret affairs, he is assassinated as a matter of state policy.
Genre: History
Director(s): Mike Donahue



Underground on a Virginia farm, Marlow wakes up in his

burrow and realizes he is alone. He looks through the trash

and fur covered walls to the sun light coming down the hole.

Marlowe grabs his possessions – a human watch on a chain and

two rings which he drags to the top and looks out towards

the house and the barn.


Marlowe takes off towards the house pulling his treasure all

the way under the porch and into the darkness under the



A large dark spider with green eyes leers across at Marlowe

as he hops across the dirt to an old sub floor.

He pulled his treasure up to the subfloor and then back

further into darkness where he leaves it as he peers up

through a hole in the real floor into a kitchen.

Marlowe crawls up and reaches the hole when a huge cat’s paw

slaps down across the opening and knocks Marlowe to the



What have you got down there

cat? Lloyd, have you seen this

hole down by the stove?


Haven’t seen it yet. I’ll come

look directly.

Marlowe waits and explores until he spies another hole where

the gas line goes up behind the stove. He crawls up the gas

line and waits for his eyes to focus.

He could see dust, old food particles, a dead mouse further

under the stove and out in the kitchen Marlowe could see the

cat and the dog playing.

He hopped back towards the hole but discovered kernels of

dog food which he picks up, sniffs, licks and sniffs again

and then he eats the nuggets and goes to sleep.

Marlowe wakes up from the purring of the cat who walks up

and back in the kitchen waiting. Marlowe sees the stairs on

the far side of the kitchen and decides it is now or never.


The mouse tears out from under the stove and hops like a

deer to the stairs. The cat is instantly right behind him.

Marlowe bounces up the stairs, two stairs at a time until he

hits the landing.


The cat is just behind him. Marlowe picks the first door in

front of him and dives under the doorway as the cat smashes

into the door and bounces off.


Eleven year old Cole sits up in the darkness.


What was that? Who’s there?

Cole hears his mother outside the door.


Oh my God. Miss Penny knocked

herself out. Lloyd, the cat is



I’m coming, I’m coming for darn



Cole, are you all right in



What happened mom?


It’s all right son, you go back

to bed now, the cat just knocked

herself out hitting your door.

Must have been chasing something.

Good night son.


Good night mom, dad.

All is quiet as Marlowe steps out from the darkness and

examines the room. There are balls, bats, gloves, shoes,

clothes, books, belts, backpacks, toys, toys and more toys.

Marlowe sees, in the middle of a pile of toys – a miniature

house, just his size. He carefully scampers over to the toy

house and crawls in the front door.


There are rooms and rooms of small furniture made just for

a mouse. Upstairs there are beds and tables and bureaus

with drawers to hide treasure in. Marlowe is beside


He finds a mirror and suddenly sees himself for the first

time. He looks long at the mirrorchanging his pose,

cropping his ears, holding his whiskers back and finally

turning so he can see his tail and his back.

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Mark Mc Quown

Mark Mc Quown is the co-screenwriter of the feature, “PJ”, starring John Heard, Vincent Pastore, Robert Picardo, Hallie Kate Eisenberg and company. This film is partially based on Mark’s award-winning play of the same title. Mr. Mc Quown is a published writer with several articles in the onetime popular magazine, Petite. Mr. Mc Quown has won many writing awards for the following; “The Rocking Horse Christmas”, first place in the animation genre at The Santa Clarita International Film Festival in 1997, Quarter Finalist in The Chesterfield Screenplay Fellowship in 1997 with “Pier 21”, Semi Finalist in The Chesterfield in 1998 with “The China Tiger”, Quarter Finalist in 2000 in Scriptapalooza with, “ Jane The Legend of Mountain Charley”, Finalist in The International Family Film Festival 2005 with the animated feature, “The Cat and The Rat” (co screenwriter), Quarter Finalist in The Fade In Magazine Screenplay Contest in 2005 with, “The Missing Link” and Quarter Finalist in The Zoetrope contest in 2007 with “The Sudan”. Most recently Mark’s full length play, Resurrection Of The Snowbird was The Finalist in The Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado and his screenplay, “The Contractor” (co-writer) has reached the Semi Finals of The Fade In Awards Screenplay Contest, 2015. Mark has an MFA in Directing for the Stage from The School of Theatre, Film and Television at UCLA. Mr. Mc Quown is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, The New York Dramatist Guild, Association of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) and online screenwriter service. Mr. Mc Quown has finished his 316 page, 110,000-word Fiction novel, Marlowe, about a mouse who speaks and wears a suit. more…

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