Here you will be able to find some of the things that have helped inspire and influence different components of the show. You can also find additional links and resources regarding the show. This will be updated up until the show begins.
Basquiat was a graffiti artist and painter in the 70’s and 80’s. In Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, his artwork embodies what we believe Mephisto would be like: disjointed and chaotic.
Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights Pronunciations (Mephisto, MIHA, Faustus):
Hell Is For Children
In opening of the song Fame by David Bowie there’s a small, specific part that the guitar plays (between 0:25-0:28) that our director envisioned Mephisto would exude his presence like. Something like an entity that is constantly shifting between two dimensions, too vast for his human body to properly contain him.
While there isn’t an official soundtrack for Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, the script does call for singing. While we are creating and using some of our own music, I thought some of you might be interested in what other people have done. So, I’ve included links to soundtracks from two different performances of the show.
NYC Cast sound track: link
Yale’s sound track: link
A section of Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights that I stumbled upon preformed in French. I decided to throw it up here because preformed in a romance language, it sounds and flows beautifully.
Hello everyone. Here are the script annotations that are given throughout rehearsal. The page numbers given are based off of the “revised script” which you can find here: link
Red sky at morning
Bottom of page 1: “…oh devil, there is no use in your coming to stay and now you are red at night which is not a delight and you are red in the morning which is not a warning go away devil go away or stay after all what can a devil say.”
When Doctor Faustus mentions the “red in the morning which is not a warning” he is referring to the age old sea shanty “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” The idea behind this is that if there is a red sunset then there should not be any trouble while out at sea. However, if there is a red sunrise then sailors should be weary because it signifies that a storm is coming. According to the NOAA ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), this old adage actually has a scientific explanation which you can read more about here: link
Do not go gentle into that good night
Middle of page 2: “You only know one thing, you are never ready for anything, and I everything is always now and now and now perhaps through you I begin to know that it is all just so, that light how ever bright will never be other than light, and any light is just a light and now there is nothing more either by day or by night but just a light.”
Though Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights was written before the poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas (which you can find here: link), you can draw parallels between both pieces of literature. One of the most famous lines of the poem by Thomas is:
“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
In both cases Faustus and the Narrator of the poem are both struggling with the idea of death. They are both resisting in their own way because neither is sure where they are headed (Heaven, Hell, Limbo, other).
Incubi and Succubi
Top of page 18: “Pretty pretty dear. She is all my love and always here. And I am hers and she is mine. And I love her all the time. Pretty pretty pretty dear.”
When The Man from Over the Sea says these lines he is acting like the smooth and sexy being he is meant to be. Those around him interact with him much like they might a Incubus, a male demon that seduces young women into bed. The townspeople fawn over him and swoon or blush over any attention he gives them, including Sim-MIHA. To read more about Incubi and Succubi click here: link
(Note: Incubus is a male demon and a succubus is it’s female counterpart.)