THEATER: Original play riffs on ‘Faust’ and indie filmmaking at WWU

Students and faculty from Western Washington University’s department of theater and dance have collaborated with film students from the English Department to devise an original theater performance, “/faust,” premiering June 2, with six performances through June 6 at Western’s Performing Arts Center.

The work is inspired by Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe’s “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.” “/faus” follows the story of Felix and Mara, a filmmaking couple on the cusp of artistic success who are also engaged to be married.

“/faus” was devised by 17 theater students, using original source material, such as Marlowe’s work, “Goethe’s Faust,” and numerous film adaptations of the Faust myth. “/faus” also features novel staging arrangements; audiences will be seated in the front section of the mainstage balcony, transforming the theater in a large projection surface.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 2-6, with a 2 p.m. matinee June 6. Tickets for $7 to $12 for students, $12 to $17 general, at 360-650-6146 and tickets.wwu.edu.