Theater premieres “Faustus” adaptation

Azusa Pacific’s adaptation of
Faustus,” an Elizabethan play originally written by
Christopher Marlowe, premiered Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Rather than sticking to Marlowe’s Elizabethan setting, Rachel Tracie, who directed and wrote the production, adapted the play “to include the beauty of Marlowe’s text with a more contemporary setting.came up with an original script to make it more relevant and appealing to a younger audience,” Tracie said.

The play is about a businessman named Faustus, played by sophomore BFA acting major Tyler Hubbard, who is at first depressed and apathetic about his life’s routine.

“What he is basically searching for is a better life, and I think the main way he finds that is by finding himself,” Hubbard said. “The problem is he finds it in all of the wrong places.”

In an attempt to free himself from his boredom, Faustus makes a deal with the Devil, played by senior BFA acting major Markus Jorgensen, where he is promised all the pleasures of the world in exchange for his soul.

Hubbard said college students can easily relate to the play because many have experienced looking for happiness in the wrong things, such as in social media or relationships.

“I believe as humans we have such a false perception of happiness and I think this show brings light to that,” Hubbard said.

According to Jorgensen, the play caters to an APU audience since the adaptation comes from within the school, and the costuming of the play made it unique in comparison with previous performances.

“The writer is an instructor here and she also directed it, and so everything that is put on here is straight from our department. It’s also one of the sexiest shows that has been put on by APU,” Jorgensen said.

For both the roles of Devil and the Angel, Tracie took dialogue from the original Dr. Faustus,” which is an old text that predates the Shakespearean era, Jorgensen said.

According to the show’s program, the play’s resounding question throughout is, “For what would you sell your soul?” Throughout the play, Faustus is presented with the path of earthly pleasure or a life of integrity that he thought was uneventful.

“I think the show is relevant in a Christian community because something as real as spiritual warfare is constantly happening,” said junior BFA acting major Ashley Nyman, who plays the role of Jones, an overbearing employee of Faustus. “This is something we don’t talk about very much and that we don’t realize, and I think this show illustrates it and presents it in a way that makes one realize that this is something real.”

For sophomore BFA acting major Maryanne Burr, who plays the character Sarah Mitchell, one of Faustus’ more timid employees, the show is different from other plays this year because it is adapted by the head of the department and takes on a contemporary and stylistic approach to the story of “Faustus.

“It has been a ton of preparation. There have been 11 drafts of the script, there have been eight weeks of rehearsal, and now we are finally here to see the fruits of that labor,” Tracie said. “It has been a very long process the whole way through, but it has definitely been a positive one.”

Showings of Tracie’s “Faustus” adaptation will continue through April 13. Get two tickets for one with the promotion code “YOURSOUL” online.