"Si peccasse negamus, fallimur, et nulla est in nobis veritas."

If we deny having made a mistake, we are deceived, and there's no truth in us.

The source of the original German classic folktale of Faustus is unknown but history records that the earliest publication "Historia von D. Johann Fausten" published by Johnn Spies was distributed in the year 1587 in the form of a simple pocket book. Since its small scale release, the tale has become the main source material for retold Faust tales by some of the world's leading poets, playwrights, musicians, filmakers and artists.

The sixteenth century in England was divided between two queens, sisters Mary and Elizabeth. The transition of power between the two ladies was a turning point for the kingdom with the political climate being thrown into the fire as Elizabeth took power and strained to diminish Mary's heavy-handed Catholic regime and introduce tolerance and societal inclusion of Protestant philosophies.

"The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus" penned by Christopher Marlowe was published in the year 1604, more than a decade after his death, and had already been performed by the theater troupe known as the "Admirals Men" between 1594-1597. It is considered one of the all-time most controversial works in literary history.
Not only a playwright, but a government spy and heretic of the English Catholic church, Christopher Marlowe continues to provide controversy and speculation regarding his life, career and death. From his simple beginnings as the son of a shoemaker, to his education at Cambridge's Corpus Christi College, to a bar brawl that ended with a dagger in the eye causing his untimely death, his theatrical contributions have left a long lasting stamp on the literary world.

Marlowe's first play, "Tamburlaine the Great," was among the earliest forms of blank verse and is considered to be the beginning of a new era within Elizabethan theatre. From there he continues to write and after a number of successful plays including "The Jew of Malta" and "The Massacre at Paris," Marlowe wrote what would be his most famous work, "The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus".

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Cast: Michael-Ray Carter, Lauren Friedlander, Kaitlyn Huczko, Dean Linnard, Caitlin Michener, Tuandat-Michael Nghiem, Luca Nicora, James Santos, Heloise Wilson and Lani Yamanaka.

Director: Silas Andrew Valentine Assistant Director: Christie Carter Choreographer: Chelsea Rodriguez 3D Projection Artists: Thomas Sidman & Pun Sintharangkun Graphics Artist: Zoey Centario Costume Design: Tanyah Tavorn

practice

On July 26th, 2012, we entered the Arts Cure Center and began our collective creative process for FaustX. From movement work, soundscapes, character and scene analysis and more, we all grew as actors, artists and performers, and the FaustXexperiment is expanded by leaps and bounds!

digital experiments...

Dr. Faustus' world was created from the minds of 3D animators, projected on to a white fabric screen.