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Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Faust in the Box" features puppets, pop tunes

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Bridge Markland performing Faust in the Box.
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Bridge Markland will perform her one-woman show of Faust in the Box at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 24 in University of Southern Indiana's Mitchell Auditorium in the Health Professions Center.

Using hand puppets and pop music, Markland employs a modern method of dealing with the classic German play, demonstrating parallels between different streams of popular culture.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play about a man, Faust, who becomes a black magic sorcerer and summons the Devil after losing his faith and idealism. Faust makes a deal with the demon Mephistopheles, in which Mephistopheles offers to serve Faust for a period of time for the cost of Faust's eternal soul. With the help of Mephistopheles, Faust seduces a beautiful, innocent young girl, Gretchen, whose life is ultimately destroyed. In the end, Gretchen's innocence saves her and she enters Heaven. Along the journey, Mephistopheles lies to, deceives, and tricks Faust until Faust works to revoke his pact with the demon.

Quotations from the German drama are paired with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Rammstein, Robbie Williams, Metallica, Pink, Elvis, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, Placebo, and many other artists. "Audiences are amazed at how much the lyrics of a pop song have in common with a classic play."-

The performance, sponsored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Association of German Studies, the Society for the Arts and Humanities, and the USI Student Government Association, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Bartell Berg, assistant professor of German, at 812/465-1738 or

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