Dr. Faustus: Patrick Mahoney
Mephistopheles: Nick DeSimone
Lucifer/Duchess/First Scholar: Nicole Agosto*
Evil Angel/Duke/Second Scholar: Travis Martin*
Good Angel/Old Man/Third Scholar: Evelyn Tu*
Writers: Alyssa Harden with Travis Martin
Producer/editor: Michael Frenchman
Theatrical director: Alyssa Harden
Webcast director: Michael Frenchman
Webcast Technician: Dileydi Cabrara
Editing: Dileydi Cabrera
Dr. Faustus, PhD
The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, written around 1590. Based on German stories of the character Faust, it tells of a man who sells his soul to the devil for a life of power and pleasure.
The VgrafLive adaptation, Dr. Faustus, PhD, written by Vgraflive interns Alyssa Harden and Travis Martin, was table-read in August. Using the original play's text, the language was somewhat modernized for accessibility and much extraneous material was removed. Leaving only the essentials of the actual story, we concentrate on the evolution of this brilliant young scholar, a precocious and arrogant Doctorate into tormented self-destruction. It will undergo further development before being performed more fully as part of our Synthetic Science Theatre's AI & US series of plays and mini-documentaries.