April 1–2 8:00PM, Tickets $7
@ University Place Christian Church
In an almost-modern Wittenberg, the celebrated scholar John Faustus has tired of the intellectual pursuits available to him. He takes up an interest in the occult and encounters the demon Mephistopheles, who promises him a life of bliss in return for his immortal soul.
This psychologically charged, darker adaptation of the classic text explores the idea that Hell isnt a place, but rather a state of being sundered from one's identity. The scholar Faustus and the demon Mephistopheles both go through parallel crises of identity, Faustus sacrificing his dreams and ambitions to spend 24 years in vain fantasy, and a jaded Mephistopheles questioning her role as a demon. Several staging elements of the play have been changed to greater reflect Faustus and Mephistopheles' inner conflicts, but the text largely remains the same. Whether you've never heard of the play before or have experienced it many times, our take is sure to have a surprise in store for you.
The What You Will Shakespeare Company Presents:
A play by Christopher Marlowe
|Doctor Faustus||Erik Wessel|
|Benvolio/Pope/Faustus’ Soul||Logan Weeter|
|Robin/Cardinal of France/Belimoth||Emaline Johnson|
|Horse Courser/Scholar 1/Friar #1/Moloch||Kris Kwak|
|Vintner/Scholar 2/Cardinal of Padua/Abaddon||Courtney Crisp|
|Emperor/Friar #2/Astaroth||Ben Medina|
|Montfleury/Second Poet/First Cadet||Kris Kwak|
|Assistant Directors||Danielle Strickland and Clayton Gentilcore|