Spring Theatre Production

YC Drama will perform classic Doctor Faustus

By Nathana Faddis

Dr. FaustusA timeless, classic play centering around a man’s greed and carelessness with his soul will be performed this spring by the YorkCollege drama department.  Doctor Faustus is a dramatic play by Christopher Marlowe, one of William Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

The play is a tragedy, but it also has some comic relief sprinkled throughout. This past month the drama department has been working diligently to bring it to life.

When asked why he chose this play, the play’s director, John Baker III, explained, "We often study it in my drama survey class and when I think about what plays we can do here at York, this one seemed to fit." 

Both John Baker and his talented cast are excited to put on this play for many reasons.  YC senior drama student, Nick Floyd, who plays the main character, Faustus, and has been at involved in York College productions for 5 years and 14 plays, says, "It is my last play on York College Campus and I am looking forward to ending a long acting career on a very big role and important part."

 The adaptation of Doctor Faustus being performed was done by Nicholas Rudall who designed it for contemporary production and study.  Even though the play dates from the early 1600s, it still speaks clearly to modern audiences about the danger of taking one’s soul lightly, because taking such a step could lead to the loss of one’s soul. 

Baker believes that not only is the message important but that the play represents "a great piece of English literature and a rare opportunity to see a performance of a work by one of Shakespeare’s often over-shadowed contemporaries." 

The performances will be February 28th through March 2nd at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and at 2:00 on Sunday in Gurganus Hall. It will cost six dollars for adults, four dollars for seniors and students and is free for YorkCollege students, faculty and staff.

Cast
Doctor John Faustus Nick Floyd
Wagner/Chorus Mitchell Roush
Valdes Natasha Hackett 
Cornelius Andrew Miller
Scholar #1 Sara S. Firm
Scholar #2 Janette Foreman
Scholar #3 Kayla Lawrence
Old Woman Janae Wrich
The Pope Stephen Detlefs
The Cardinal of Lorraine Ben Krekel
Emperor Charles V Nick Parsons
Empress Renee Willard
A Knight Ben Ketcherside
A Good Angel Sonia Rohda
An Evil Angel London Hawley
Mephistophilis Brittany Ellis
Lucifer Bethany Stanger
Belzebub Aaron Rhodebeck
A Clown Matt Ward
Ralph, a serving man Ben Ketcherside
Friar Aaron Beadle
Friar Andrew Miller
Friar Nick Parsons
Devil Natasha Hackett
Devil Nathana Faddis
Pride Janae Wrich
Covetousness Vanessa Brown
Wrath Sarah Stoutzenberger
Envy Lia Hazleton
Gluttony Stephen Detlefs
Sloth Lydia Kautz
Lechery Ben Krekel
Helen Lia Hazleton
Nan Spit Sarah Stoutzenberger
Alexander the Great  
Assistant Director Aaron Rhodebeck
Director John I Baker III


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