October 26th - November 11th, 2017
The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm
Regular Tickets $20
Industry Night: Tuesday, October 31st at 8pm. Tickets only $15 for theatre industry professionals.
About the Play
If it were made for man, ‘twas made for me.
Brave Spirits Theatre updates the classic tale of a man selling his soul to the devil to explore ambition and power from a woman’s point-of-view. In her quest to get everything she’s ever wanted, Joan pays the ultimate price; her soul. As she experiences the greatest pleasures one can be afforded, she must also confront the darkest areas of humanity, and well as the constant threat of hell itself. A female Faustus (and mostly female cast) plays with patriarchal tropes in order to examine and exploit them. Known for its spell-casting and demons, Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus is a perfect theatrical outing for the Halloween season.
Doctor Faustus runs approximately two hours, with a ten-minute intermission.
- A pre-show lecture will be held at 1:40pm before the matinee on Saturday, November 4th, by production dramaturg Claire Kimball.
- A post-show talkback will be held after the matinee on Saturday, November 11th, with the artists.
Cast and Creative
DC Area: Quotidian Theatre – Hedda Gabler (Hedda); Round House Theatre – Caroline or Change (Rose u/s, performed) Ford’s Theatre – A Christmas Carol (Sister); Arena Stage – Legacy of Light; The Cumberland Theatre – The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta); Creative Cauldron – Nevermore (Virginia), Molotov – Blood, Sweat & Fears (Mme. De Merliot); Off-Broadway/NY: Golden Fleece Ltd.’s Madame (Helena Rubinstein); Nosedive Prod/Molotov Theatre – Fat Men in Skirts (Pam/Popo). National Tour: Adventure Theatre – Five Little Monkeys (Monkey 2). Education: JMU, BA in Theatre. www.katieculligan.com
Lisa was previously seen as Donada in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Westminster, Worcester, and Davy in BST’s Henri IV: The Re-Gendered Henry IV Repertory.
For BST: Murderer, Duchess of York, Lord Grey (Richard III). Rachel is an actor-devisor and Creative Lead of performance group, Collective Eleven, with whom she had created and performed in Tale of a Tiger: a poetic fairytale, Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one), You Have Made a Story on My Skin, Call on Me, Burning Down the House and Just Put It Behind You. Rachel is a winner of the Larry Neal Award for Dramatic Writing and is a recipient of the DCCAH Artist Fellowship. She is currently a proud Producing Playwright with the Welders.
Local credits include work with Rorschach Theatre, Young Playwrights’ Theatre, Source Festival, Capital Fringe, and more, as well as several area readings and workshops. Hilary graduated with a BA from the George Washington University in 2014 and has called D.C. home since. www.hilarymkelly.com
is making his BST debut with Faustus. Imagination Stage: The BFG, Blue, Aquarium, Wake Up Brother Bear; Faction of Fools: Pinocchio! (HH Nominee, TYA), Frankenstein (workshop); Source Festival: Perfect Arrangement, (a love story), Fox Cried; Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Wild Oats, A Christmas Carol; Prince George’s Shakespeare: Twelfth Night; Nu Sass Productions: Stone Tape Party (Winner, Best Comedy & Best Overall in Capital Fringe). Jack is also a playwright, mime, clown, teaching artist, comedian, and improviser. He performs regularly at Washington Improv Theatre. www.jackjacknovak.com
Valerie Adams Rigsbee
DC AREA: Monumental Theatre: Bonnie & Clyde; NextStop Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing; Constellation Theatre: Urinetown (Helen Hayes Nominee for Outstanding Musical); Keegan Theatre: Next to Normal (HH Winner for Outstanding Musical); Adventure Theatre: James & the Giant Peach (HH Winner for Outstanding Ensemble). NATIONAL TOUR: A Christmas Carol. REGIONAL: Guthrie Theatre: The Winter’s Tale; Advice to the Players: The Merry Wives of Windsor (NH Theatre Award Top 3 Finalist for Best Supporting Actress); Papermill Theatre Company: Same Time Next Year; Theatre Pro Rata: Spanish Tragedy. www.actorval.com
Ian Blackwell Rogers
For BST: Duke, Antonio, Launce (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Stanley, Tyrrel, Lord Mayor (Richard III), Theseus, Oberon (Two Noble Kinsmen/Midsummer Night’s Dream), the King (The Maid’s Tragedy), Soranzo (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore), and Bessus (A King and No King). Ian is a Resident Company Member of Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, playing Hamlet, Macbeth, Prospero, Shylock, Petruchio, Malvolio, Touchstone, and Leontes. Ian is a member of Pallas Theatre Collective, where he played Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara and Gonzalo in The Tempest. He played Edgar Allan Poe in A Dream Within a Dream, an immersive theater project for the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. He’s also worked with Scena Theatre, in Public Enemy, The Plague, The Chairs, and The Insect Play.
Charlene V. Smith
Doctor Joan Faustus
ACTING: Regan (King Lear), Evadne (Maid’s Tragedy), Juliet, and Silvia/Lucetta (Two Gentlemen of Verona); DIRECTING: The Bloody Banquet (Co-Director), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Co-Director), Richard III, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Antony & Cleopatra, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore at BST; Richard II at Mary Baldwin College S&P; The Spanish Tragedy at Rude Mechanicals; A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Assistant Director) at Virginia Shakespeare Festival. TRAINING: London Dramatic Academy; BA in Theatre and English from the College of William and Mary; MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center. charlenevsmith.com]
Previously with Brave Spirits Incest Rep, Antony & Cleopatra, Henri 4, Athens Rep, Bloody Banquet. Recently elsewhere: We Happy Few, Henry V, Dog in the Manger. Pallas Theater Collective, Crazy Mary Lincoln. Saffron Dance, Casbah. For more updates: https://www.facebook.com/JbrinkeLighting/.
is a dramaturg, theatre practitioner, teacher, and scholar of early modern drama. Her previous dramaturgy credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (dir. Dr Jacquelyn Bessell, ASC), and The Tempest (dir. Shakespeare’s Globe Associate Giles Block, ASC). Following several years of research on Dekker and Middleton’s The Bloody Banquet, she worked as a production dramaturg with BST for the first professional staging of the play in almost four hundred years. Claire received her BA in English from Washington College and her MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in association with the American Shakespeare Center.
REGIONAL: Catholic University of America: Little Women; Keegan Theatre Company: Six Degrees of Separation; Theatre Prometheus: Cymbeline, Macbeth, Urban Arias, Independence Eve; NextStop Theatre: Urinetown the Musical, Boeing Boeing, Willy Wonka, Eurydice, City of Angels, Snow White, Crimes of the Heart, Seussical the Musical, Middletown, No Spring Chicken, Kiss Me Kate, Aladdin, The Secret Garden, A Man For All Seasons, Love Loss and What I Wore, Gutenberg! The Musical, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Sylvia, Miss Electricity; Infinity Theatre Company: A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Godspell, Million Dollar Quartet, Almost Heaven (Costume Designer/Wardrobe Supervisor). To learn more, visit her website at KristinaMartinDesign.com.
Set and Props Designer
BST Credits: Tis Pity She’s a Whore, A King and No King
Graduate of James Madison University 2016, BA in Theatre with a Minor in Studio Art
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It’s a striking story, presented beautifully.
Charlene V. Smith’s Doctor Joan Faustus is mesmerizing to watch. … Brave Spirits Theatre’s Doctor Faustus, directed by Paul Reisman, is a devilishly good time.