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For centuries, "Faust" has been synonymous with a specific brand of hubris: ambition that far outstrips wisdom. The tragically thirsty German protagonist has appeared in countless literary and artistic works, most notably by Christopher Marlowe and Goethe. This month, The Kingfisher Theater Company revisits Faust's folly and fate in a new version of the story, adapted and directed by company member Jess Meyer-Crosby.

Having reached the epitome of human achievement, scholar and doctor Martin Faust is filled with despair and about to end himself when he conjures an agent of Hell. After making a deal with the demon, he can only redeem himself by learning that love is the point of living. Kingfisher's production blends the texts of Marlowe and Goethe with contemporary references, highlighting the timelessness of the story's ethical and existential questions.

"Faust" will be performed at Bread & Water Theater (172 West Main Street), Thursday, October 19, through Sunday, October 29. Performance times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20 for opening weekend, and $20-$25 the rest of the dates. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more info, call 454-9371, or visit thekingfishertheater.org.

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