Next Up!


Adapted & Directed
by Jess Meyer-Crosby

from the texts by Johann von Goethe & Christopher Marlowe
(Goethe translation from the German by David Luke)

Performance Dates:
Thursday, October 19th at 8:00pm
Friday, October 20th at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 21st at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Thursday, October 26th at 8:00pm
Friday, October 27th at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 28th at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, October 29th at 7:00pm

Bread & Water Theater
172 W Main St (map)
Rochester, NY 14614

Online Tickets Available Here!

Famed German scholar and doctor Martin Faust has nothing left to live for. He’s reached the height of human achievement and believes he might as well kill himself. But Mephistopheles, an agent of Hell whom Faust conjures in his study, convinces him to sign a contract giving up his soul in exchange for providing powers and pleasures that will make his life remarkable again. Among these is the opportunity to ruin the beautiful and pure maiden, Gretchen. But when Faust begins to realize that it is love that makes life worth living, will he be able to see his way back to righteousness and save Gretchen before it is too late?

Director Jess Meyer-Crosby’s blending of masterworks by Christopher Marlowe and Johann von Goethe highlights ethical and theological issues that have not lost their timeliness. Do the powerful have a responsibility to act ethically? What makes life meaningful? Is one ever too far gone to find redemption? Explore these questions and more in this artful interpretation of the original “deal with the devil” story.