by Patricia Grandjean
Apr 25, 2012
01:29 PMBox Office
Doctor Faustus Light the Lights
Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights April 26-28 at the Center for the Arts in Middletown.
According to a recent press release, Stein, who wrote the play in 1938, veers away from the classic version of the Faust legend and offers a modern story that emphasizes a woman's perspective, and has Faust sealing the pact for electric light. Inspired by her musical word play, the multimedia dance/theater style production features a chorus of twelve actors, puppetry, an original sound score and contemporary choreography.
Wesleyan faculty Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento directs the play; Marcela Oteíza (scenic design and projections) and Leslie Weinberg (costume and puppet design) collaborated with international guest artists Jiyoun Chang (lightingdesign) and Demetrio Castellucci (sound design) to create an innovative interpretation of this early American experimental text.
Stein originally wrote the piece as a libretto for an opera. She intended for American modernist composer Virgil Thompson to score the piece, however he never drafted the music. The work was not produced as a play until 1951.