Denison Theatre presents 'Doctor Faustus'
Posted: November 5, 2010
Denison University Theatre will present “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe. This “granddaddy of all the deal with the devil plays” will be performed at 8 p.m., Nov. 11-13 and 15-18 in the Burke Black Box Theatre (240 West Broadway). Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, and $4 for students. For reservations, contact the box office at 740-587-6527. Since there is limited general seating for this production, reservations and early arrival are encouraged.
Marlowe found his plot in ancient German folklore and created this masterwork, which has entertained and horrified audiences for four centuries, and has inspired countless spin-offs in plays, operas, poems, novels and even video games. Director Peter Pauzé, associate professor of theatre at Denison, describes this play as “a beautifully written, exciting, moving, thought provoking, surprisingly funny, and enormously entertaining work of theatre.”
Faustus is a brilliant scientist who has become bored with his mastery of contemporary science. He calls upon the devil to grant him unlimited magical power and wealth in exchange for his immortal soul. The demon Mephistophilis is assigned as his guide and servant for the 24 years of the bargain. The end is foretold, but the journey is full of fantastical encounters, ignored warnings, and delicious dialogue.
The character of Faustus is played by Christopher Morriss ’14 (Allendale, N.J.) and Mephistophilis is played by Molly Coyne ’12 (Smyrna, Ga.). Others in the cast playing multiple roles are Bob Ambrose ’12 (Centerburg, Ohio), Amanda DiMartini ’13 (Monaca, Pa.), Cameron Fitchett ’13 (Pickerington, Ohio), Sarah Fiete ’12 (Dublin, Ohio), Graham Giles ’14 (Copley, Ohio), Kaitlyn Grissom ’12 (Newark, Ohio), John Hewson ’13 (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Ammon Hollister ’12 (New Richmond, Ohio), Alec Lee ’13 (Knoxville, Tenn.), Kassandra Lyke ’13 (Newberry, Mich.), Grace McQueeny ’14 (Chicago), Keith Nolen ’13 (Mattapan, Mass.), Breanna Rankin ’13 (Boise, Idaho), and Keith Rovelstad ’11 (Fort Myers, Fla.).
Stage Managers are Karen Bullock ’13 (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Emily Wright ’14 (North Royalton, Ohio). The scenic visualizations team is headed by Laura Hoffman ’13 (Charlotte, N.C.) and cast member Kaitlyn Grissom. Other team members are Nic Ennen ’12 (Bryan, Ohio), Katie Woods ’13 (Myersville, Md.), Eric Stachura ’12 (Perrysburg, Ohio), and Kenneth Wottrich ’13 (Roseville, Minn.). Ennen also serves as special assistant to the director.
Vail Artist-in-Residence Jessica Pitcairn, an alumna from the class of ’03, has returned to her alma mater as costume designer. The sound designer is Andrew Johns, theatre technical director, and the assistant sound designer is Owen Beamer ’12 (Newark, Ohio).
CALENDAR LISTING, Denison University Theatre, Granville — “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe at 8 p.m., Nov. 11-13 and 15-18 in the Burke Black Box Theatre (240 West Broadway). Ticket prices: $8 general admission, $5 senior citizens, $4 students. Reservations for limited general seating may be made by calling 740-587-6527.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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