Azusa Pacific University Theater presents the world premiere of Faustus, Thurs.–Sun., April 3–6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 10–13 with 2 p.m. matinee showings on April 5–6 and 12–13. All performances take place at the Warehouse Theater, located inside the Mary Hill Center, on APU’s West Campus at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. A pre-show lecture takes place on opening night at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., April 3.
This adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus is a collaboration among faculty from the College of Music and the Arts. Rachel Tracie, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Theater and Arts, wrote the play and directs the upcoming performance. School of Music faculty Phil Shackelton, DMA, composed original music for the production, which Joel Clifft, DMA, will perform during the show. The play also features projections of artwork by American artist Lynd Ward with a correlating exhibit in the Darling Rotunda, located inside Darling Library, on West Campus, along with a lecture by Lyrica Taylor, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design on Thurs., April 10.
The play centers on Faustus, a businessman tired of his boring life. He encounters “friends” that lure him with power and recognition. The cost is steep – his soul. Through deals and pranks, Faustus begins to question the true nature of his deal with the devil. This adaption combines the classic and contemporary, highlighting the battle for Faustus’ soul, how he uses the power given to him, and the constant tension between his desire for recognition and his desire for repentance and love. The ultimate question becomes: how far will Faustus go in his pursuit of an escape from his mundane life?
Faustus is the final performance of the academic year. This past year, Azusa Pacific University’s Warehouse Theater creatively presented stories that portray God’s universal truths about the human condition, while developing authentic artists in a challenging and supportive educational environment. “This season truly reflects what our students are learning in the classroom, as they tackle complex material on stage,” said Tracie.