Huntington College Theatre Company to present I, Faustus

FOR RELEASE
2005-02-14
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington College Theatre Company will present I, Faustus February 24-26, 2005. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m., in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. A Saturday matinee will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261. Admission is $8 for the general public, $4 for seniors and students.

Using the same technique that Joe Chaikin used with the Open Theatre in the 1960’s the play I, Faustus was born. Created when a team of writers went through Christopher Marlow’s, Dr. Faustus and Goethe’s Faustus, the play I, Faustus picked pieces and themes that were relevant to a modern audience. The writers then presented the actors with outlines and ideas and allowed them to improvise scenes, dialogues, monologues and movements. The writers took all of the outlines and ideas and shaped it into an 80-minute play. In the spirit of this theatre technique, the Huntington College production cast and crew created its own adaptation of I, Faustus.

Directed by Mike Burnett, assistant professor of theatre arts and director of theatre at Huntington College, the production focuses on Faustus, an aging scholar who makes a bargain for knowledge. Sent to distract Faustus from questioning the decision, the devil’s disciple, Mephistopheles, lures Faustus into a spellbinding world of spectacular visions.

The cast of I, Faustus includes:

FAUSTUS: Kylie Edmonds, sophomore theatre-performance major from Bourbon, Ind.

MEPHISTOPHELES: Keeley Lewis, a freshman theatre-performance major from Manchester, Iowa

ENSEMBLE: Laura Brautigam, a senior theatre-performance major from
Westfield, N.Y.

Josh Christenson, a sophomore theatre-performance major from Carol Stream, IL

Laura Feldner, a freshman theatre-performance major from Lexington, Ohio

Terry Hurst, a sophomore theatre-performance major from Rochester, Ind.

Kristen Kohaut, a freshman theatre-performance major from Hackettstown, N.J.

Tracy Schwerin, a junior English education major from Flanagan, Ill.

Danielle Villafana, a senior theatre-performance major from Virginia Beach, Va.

Stephen Wiseheart, a freshman digital media arts major from New Albany, Ind.

The crew of I, Faustus includes Bekah Bachman, Josh Dawes and Amber Patrick as Playwrights, Lindsay Stalf as Assistant Director, Brad DeYoung as Student Tech Director, Katherine Chilcoat as Stage Manager, Josh Scott as Production Manager, Zarin Barnes in Lighting Design, Justin Geiger in Sound Design, Matthew Chilcoat in Scenic Design, Ashleigh Lewis in Costume Design, Hannah Mayo as Master Electrician, Lynette Lambert as Property Master, David Shamburger as Voice and Movement Coach, and Justin Miller as Assistant Stage Manager.
 
Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. Following a decade of growth and development, Huntington College will become Huntington University in mid-2005. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. Huntington is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.
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