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Theatre Department to present ‘Dr. Faustus’ April 14-16

Published: March 28, 2011

The ENC Theatre Department will present Christopher Marlowe’s classic play, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday April 14-Saturday April 16 in the Cove Fine Arts Center.

Popularly known as Dr. Faustus, the 16th-century play recounts the German legend of a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in order to gain more knowledge and power. It’s a theme that has since appeared in countless books, plays and films.

“Many people are familiar with the (Dr. Faustus) story but are unable to place its genesis,” Director Tara Brooke Watkins said. “Marlowe was the first of many, however, to put the story on stage and since then, several playwrights and composers have written their own version of the tale.”

ENC’s version will put a new spin on the centuries-old tale, Watkins said, by casting two actors in the lead role.

“One of the main points that authors of the Faustus story emphasize is that every human being has a dual nature: the one that wants to do good and the one that is lured by temptation,” she said. “Our production thus has two women playing the title role to show the human duality.”

The play’s actors will also wear masks throughout the play, Watkins added, to illustrate that “we are all hiding under a mask to combat the human nature inside of us.” Dance and dramatic movement, meanwhile, will be used to communicate some of the play’s crucial moments.

“In the end, Dr. Faustus is really about how far astray temptation can lead you and warns the audience that even a minor decision in the wrong direction can lead the best of us down a dangerous path.”

Tickets for Dr. Faustus are $10 general admission, $7 for non-ENC students, and $5 for ENC students and children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call the Cove box office at 617-745-3715.

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