Now as we creep into the Halloween season, Hudson Shakespeare Company of Jersey City, returns with “Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe touring to South River Library. Admission is free.
The performances are Thursday, Oct.17 at 7 p.m. at the
Secaucus Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, and Thursday Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Library
500 Park Ave, Hoboken.
“Doctor Faustus” is a classic drama of a man who sells his soul to the Devil for ultimate knowledge and power, an over-looked gem from Shakespeare’s period, written by a rival playwright and his possible collaborator, Christopher Marlowe.
“Its an extremely theatrical script that’s perfect for Halloween full of music, devils, angels, sword fights, and dances”, said Jon Ciccarelli, the show’s director.
Doctor Faustus (Zach Hendrickson) has been a scholar and professor at the University of Wertenberg, Germany for many years and has mastered all areas of study from medicine to the law and religious studies. Now he seeks the ultimate challenge, delving into the occult so he can learn the true mysteries of the universe and become master of it.
Clandestinely, he employs the help of two mystics simply known as Valdes (Sabrina Fara Tosti) and Cornelia (Ashley
Robyn Patten) to assist him. Faustus is instructed to conduct a séance to summon Mephistopheles (Sean P. McCullough).
Mephistopheles, with horns and wings, dramatically appears and informs Faust that all he desires can be obtained if he
signs a contract with Lucifer. Once signed, Mephistopheles will become his personal servant conjuring anything and
taking him wherever he wants. Faust, ever the lawyer, writes up his version of the agreement and the bond is sealed.
Mephistopheles creates visions of sex, riches, and desires, but Faust’s main interest is knowing the nature of Hell, and the nature of existence, constantly quizzing the frustrated demon.
The pair go traveling around the world, from Rome to Turkey and other points, however, even as Faust enjoys his new found fame as a mystic he begins to question his contract. His own personal Good Angel (Madison
Wright) and Bad Angel (Arielle Legere) literally fight for Faust’s soul. As the years pass and each magical display occurs, a physical toll is taken on Faustus. Can he repent in time and save himself or is bound down the path he has chosen?
“The act of selling of one’s soul for personal gain is an ever popular screen trope that even predates Marlowe’s play,” said Ciccarelli, “but this version presents Faust as very human as opposed to a mustache twirling villain. He has a genuine curiosity of what he can’t learn in books and continually questions the demons and angels that surround him about what they are and what it means to be good or evil. The show presents a great picture of a man who’s full of regret, has humor, arrogance, and wit, flaws and all mixed with a high level of theatricality.”
The Hudson Shakespeare Company of Jersey City is a touring theater company founded in 1992 and has produced over 100 classical and modern productions for parks, libraries, and other civic venues. “Doctor Faustus” marks the end of its 28th touring season.
For more information on this tour or to view information on the company and past productions visit