January 5-21, 2018
by Christopher Marlowe
Dissastisfied with traditional forms of knowledge and power, Doctor John Faustus, a renowned intellectual, decides to transcend the limits of his humanity by delving into the unholy arts of black magic. Using his newly acquired necromantic skills, he conjures the demon Mephistophilis. Despite Mephistophilis’s warnings about the horrors of hell, Faustus strikes a deal with Lucifer and Mephistophilis that in exchange for his soul, Faustus will become a powerful magician for twenty-four years with Mephistophilis' as his servant. But all is not what it seems. Demons abound and reality is slippery. And it may be that, perhaps, this wasn't as good of a deal as Faustus first imagined...
Accompanied by a live heavy metal soundtrack, a small ensemble of six actors utilizes both masks and puppetry to create Faustus' world. Shakespearemachine is extremely excited to take its first step outside of the Shakespearean canon with a play by one of his best-known and most lauded contemporaries, Christopher Marlowe, bringing their inimitable style to bear on this famous tragedy.
November 30 - December 22, 2018
by William Shakespeare
Shakespearemachine presents one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies.
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.
Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.