David Mamet's Faustus PDF

By David Mamet

Having positioned his own stamp at the modern theater, David Mamet now plays the supremely audacious feat of reinventing the theater of the prior. He does so by way of telling his personal creative and eerily relocating model of the tragedy of Dr. Faustus.

Mamet's Faustus--like Marlowe's and Goethe's earlier than him--is a thinker whose life's paintings has been the pursuit of "the mystery engine of the world." he's additionally the distracted father of a small, adoring son. Out of the conflict among love and mind and the deadly operation of Faustus' delight, Mamet models a piece that's immediately caustic and heart-wrenching and whose resplendent language marries metaphysics to conman's patter. A meditation on cause and folly, fathers and sons, and a wide ranging exhibit of magic either literal and theatrical, Faustus is a triumph.

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You have to remember that the enemy is always sneaking. Always slimy. Lurking. Ready to snatch the slightest secret. The smallest slipup. Here—Have a drink. I’ve doctored it up some. Go ahead. It’ll open your pipes. […] Let’s have a toast. […] TO THE ENEMY! […] WITHOUT THE ENEMY WE ARE NOTHING! […] THE ENEMY HAS BROUGHT US TOGETHER! (14–15) Finally, the Colonel gives Stubbs a beating, creating a state of shock in which his own energy is imparted to Stubbs and reconfigures his life: COLONEL: […] Have to learn to pay for your actions.

The event of war is in the concrete instance associated with pain, mutilation, even death, with a loss of experience under the onslaught of impressions as described by Walter Benjamin for the soldiers of World War I: […] the people returned muted from the field of war. WICKERT traveled to school in horse-drawn tramways, now stood under the open sky in a landscape in which only the clouds had remained unchanged. In the midst of that landscape, in a forcefield of destructive currents and explosions there was the tiny and frail human body […] This poverty of experience is not a lack of private experience but of experience that can be credited to humanity in general.

I couldn’t believe it. WICKERT still can’t believe it. I can’t believe that having come out of the ‘60s and the incredible reaction to Vietnam, that voice has all but disappeared. Vanished. There is no voice anymore. […]I just got so outraged by the whole hoax of it, and the way everything is choked down and censored in the media. […]I wanted to create a character of such outrageous, repulsive, military, fascist demonism that the audience would recognize it and say, “Oh, this is the essence of this thing”.

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