Department of Theatre

UNCW Theatre Presents Dr. Faustus

What happens when you make a bargain with the devil? A play so notorious for its time that it was said real devils appeared on stage and drove the audience mad. Set in a rock and roll dream world, this adaptation of Dr. Faustus utilizes song to tell the story of Dr. Faustus' deal with Mephistopheles complete with a live band and original music by Beauty and the Beast composer Adrian Varnam.

The process for creating Dr. Faustus is unlike any show UNCW has done before. Varnam and director Christopher Marino have collaborated with the actors in the show to create music that usits their voices and matches the rock concert vibe of the show. "We knew we wanted to create a dark yet melodic soundscape," Varnam says. "Bands like Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Dirty Three, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are bands that I personally love that fit that description, so they were sort of a starting point for me in terms of mood and sound."

See Faustus' fall in this music-infused adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's classic.

Dr. Faustus will run at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. February 15-18 and 22-25 on the Mainstage Theatre in the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Tickets are $15 for members of the general public, $12 for seniors, UNCW employees, and alum, and $6 for students (sales tax included.) They are available at the Kenan Box Office on campus by calling 910.962.3500 or online at https://uncw.edu/arts/tickets.html. Tickets can also be bought in person an hour before the show on show dates.