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Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights

So this week has been a bit of a shitshow for me, but I’ve been trying to stay grounded by keeping everything in perspective. In the end, I managed to get by without losing too much sleep or, for that matter, entering into a deal with the devil to exchange my soul for unlimited power and knowledge.

And now you’re telling me I get to pregame Cloud Nothings/Future Islands with some trippy-ass Gertrude Stein? Sold (still not my soul, though).

At 8pm this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the Theater Department will be presenting this semester’s faculty show, Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights. Tickets available online or at the Usdan Box Office (please tell me you didn’t click the second link).

Read on for a description from my homegirl Emmie Finckel ’14:

In Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Gertrude Stein redirects the legend of the scholar who sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for infinite knowledge into a Faust who seeks a different power – electric light.

The Theater Department’s production underscores the play’s rupture with modern dramatic conventions such as character psychology and linear narrative by featuring a chorus of twelve actors and borrowing from dance-theater. Rooted in the musicality of Ms. Stein’s joyful play with words, this distinctly contemporary interpretation of the Faust legend presents beautiful virtual visual elements and puppetry, an original sound score, and choreography.

More information after the jump.