.. ill be wearing a women’s suit, one which could be described as a power suit by today’s standards, with power suit describing the stylish dress of today’s corporate working women, and the tailored suits in which they wear. As Faustesse’s life moves through out the play, the suit will gradually progress to less dress and professional clothes, such as a fitting sweater and pants, and then gradually less professional, such as baggy old jeans or sweat pants, and a sweat shirt. This clothing scheme for Dr. Faustesse will symbolize hew move away from the professional world which she had at her fingertips at the beginning of the play, and away from the ability to positively use her power, towards a slob appearance at the end, as through the years, she has become no longer professional and has fallen into the habit of only playing tricks, using her power for silly reasons, to the point that looking like a slob she inters hell at the end.
By Faustesse looking like a slob when she is taken off to hell at the end, also symbolizes the struggle of women because in order to be accepted in the professional world one must not only be skilled and able to act professionally, but must also fit a certain image of how they are supposed to look to be accepted. Mephistopholis Will be dressed first as an ugly grotesque creature, until Faustesse tells him to come back in a different form, at which point he will appear dressed as a well to do man, in a designer suit, for the rest of the play, until he returns to take Faustesse to hell, at which point he will not be a human presence, but rather a red spotlight, with words reverberating around the theater as he speaks the words “fools that will laugh on earth, often weep in hell” This is to bring out the metatheatrical meaning of what he is saying, and to add importance to that passage, and more importantly, that line. I plan on using a circular stage, but one in which only half the stage is visible to the audience, who are seated from one side of half the stage to the other side of the half stage. The back half of the stage would be shielded by a curtain. There are a variety of reasons why I would choose to use the half stage as the stage for the performance of this modern day version of the play. First of all, with only half of the stage being visible, it is representative of Faustesse’s personality, where at the beginning she only thinks about the physical and the present, such as what she would do with the magic power in the present, as in what tricks she plans on playing, and she does not think about the future,, neither in what she may do in her future, or about what a future of eternity in hell really means, she simply doesn’t comprehend such an everlasting idea.
Another feature of the stage will be that it wills lowly rotate, such that at the end of the play the stage will have turned 18o degrees so that the audience is not viewing the opposite side of the stage from when the play first started out. The idea presented behind the rotating stage is that as the stage is turning the years are passing, representing the time frame of 24 ears in which the play takes place. Also, as the stage slowly progresses and turns for ward time, we begin to se Faustesse future which was formerly covered in darkness at the beginning of the play, and we begin to see what Dr. Faustesse future reveals. When at the end of the play the stage has completed its turn, it is symbolic of how Faustesse has reached the end of her physical life, and has in fact, with only her soul to forever live on in eternal damnation. The stage is no longer moving, and physical time is no longer moving forth either.
Although it may make coherent sense to compliment the moving stage with scenery changing over time, I however would choose to have the same standard scene as the background for all Faustesse scenes. Using the same background scene would represent that although time has passed, and times outside of Faustesse have been changing, she herself has still not matured past the reverie of the power she was given for anything but trickery, and so despite any smarts attained during her initial education, has hence not grown intellectually at all for she has not used her power for any productive reasoning. Thus, I feel, the stagnant background will for that reason accurately represent the non-existent change of Dr. Faustesse, even over and throughout a physical conception of time. One feature of the play which I feel will add a general feeling to the play is that of music and sound effects.
I would use very disharmonic sound effects throughout the play. I think that this would help to empathize and draw out the disharmony of the play itself, and the idea of being torn between heaven and hell, as Faustesse very much is. Also, disharmonious sounds would leave the audience feeling confused, anxious, and unsure, which is how I believer they are supposed to feel throughout the play, while Faustesse is wasting away her power on silly tricks. One musical addition I would make for the play is that of introducing the chorus as a musical number. Whenever the chorus is meant to speak, instead there will be a musical number in which the lines of the chorus are the lyrics of the song instead.
This will also contribute to the disharmony and discord, by having a song break out where it is somewhat inappropriate and least expected. Through all these methods I think that the play will be more effective to todays audience. By heightening the emotion of the play itself, I believe the play will be more acute for today’s audience, who have been exposed to countless emotions through the expansion of the movie industry, and have therefor become somewhat immune to a certain amount of emotion. Also, I believe that by bringing up to date certain costumes, staging, and musical aspects for the play, the play itself will be richer and more authentic, hence able to reach the modern day audience more effectively. Completing this update, I feel, is the introduction of the women lead, playing the part of Faustesse, as this will symbolize many issues of societal struggles that have been prevalent in society in the near past, and will continue to be in the near future.
For these reasons, and variety of changes, I feel that this is how the play Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlow, should be updated to reach an acceptable modern standard for theatrical productions. Philosophy.