Dr.Faust Play Production Analysis
Myclassmates and I attended a performance that was staged at the ColeAuditorium, the Fine Arts Building that is based at the Georgia StateUniversity Perimeter College, on 6th November. The performancedirected and adapted by Aaron Gotlieb featured a touching fresh storyof self-destruction as well as ambition. With Faustus andMephastophilis as the primary characters, the play “DoctorFaust”features the reciting of the original “Dealwith the Devil”that is centered on the works of Goethe and Marlowe. Therefore, thispaper shall present an analysis of three elements on “DoctorFaust”play production namely, costume, lighting and setting.
Inthe analysis of the setting or scenery, the component that is usuallyexamined is the theatrical equipment, which includes flats, curtains,backdrops, or platforms that are used in the dramatic production tocommunicate surrounding. In the original play, Dr. Faustus doesseveral significant traveling. He moves to Rome as well as the courtof Carolus in both Acts 3 and 4. After this, he moves around theglobe and then explores the stars hoping to begin a tour company.Regardless of the roaming around that characterizes the actions ofDr. Faustus the most significant part of the play is taken to be thepoint where he decides to serve Lucifer as well as the battle overhis soul. This takes place in Wittenberg, Germany (Marlowe 22).Therefore, from the original play, it is evident that the settingoccurs in a number of places including courts of Europe, the court ofthe German emperor, the river, the court of the Duke of Vanholt, andthe medieval Wittenberg in Germany. In the play directed by AaronGotlieb, the setting has been designed to reflect Wittenberg,Germany. The play had 2 acts with eight scenes in the first one and 5in the second. Every setting on the auditorium was modified toreflect afterlife, reminiscent of Germany in the year 1800s. Thecurtains used on the stage, the backdrop, as well as the platformitself, made the audience have a feel of what it was like living inGermany during the medieval years. The stage was divided into twocompartments with one side raised to depict the heavens where thesupernatural characters interacting with Doctor Faust reside.
Thecostume in the play usually comprises of the accessories as well asclothing worn by the actors to portray the character and the period.In examining the costume, one also considers the wigs as well as bodypaint that are used in the play to transform an actor into acharacter (Jowers 259). In the play that I attended, several costumesdesigned by Nancy Hilley portray the characters. The major character,Dr. Faust is dressed in a green gown with a belt that looks real.However, he changes his clothes when he begins dealing with thedevil. While there are other characters in the play, such asMephistopheles, the old man, the good angel, evil angel, Lucifer,Valdes and Cornelius, each of the characters on stage was dressed toreflect these. For instance, Valdes and Cornelius are depicted ashaving long pointed beards and wearing brocade coats reaching thefloor representing the East. The Supernatural characters such as theangels and Lucifer are dressed in different colors with the goodangel dressed in white, the evil one dressed in black and both havingwings. While the dressing of most of the other characters does notreally make sense in relation to the contents of the play, Lucifer isdepicted as having makeshift horns that look scary.
Thelighting covers the placement, intensity, as well as colors of lightsaimed at assisting communicate the mood, feeling, or the environment.Throughout the play, the lighting was perfect. When one enters theauditorium, he notices that all the lights have been concentrated onthe stage. The audience is supplied with deem light that almostappears dark. The lights are placed strategically on the stage withthe supernatural characters, such as the good angel covered inimmense brightness. The Lucifer is not clearly visible given that thelight only flashes on him repeatedly creating the mood of fear. Thecharacter and the scene of the play determine the intensity of thelight used on the stage. The lights range from green to blue to red,and each of them is used to express the mood of the characters whenperforming. The environment where the character resides is alsodepicted using different colors of light. For instance, flashing thered light on the Lucifer gives one the idea of his surroundings.Lighting seems to be the best-done element in the entire play.
Inconclusion, this paper presented an analysis of the three elements of“DoctorFaust”play production, which included setting, costume, and lighting. Thepaper concludes that these elements played a significant role inretelling Marlowe’s story “Dealwith the Devil“capturing ambition and self-destruction. While some parts of theplay were funny, I never enjoyed it at all.
“Dr.Faust.”Adaptedand Directed by Aaron Gotlieb, Cole Auditorium, Clarkston CampusPerimeter College at Georgia State University, Oct 28- Nov. 6, 2016.Theatre.
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Marlowe,Christopher. Dr.Faustus(Dover thrift editions, revised). U.S.A: CourierCorporation, 2012. Print.