DOI: 10.5040/9781408169728.00000003
Scenes: 19. Roles: Male (5) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Faust is Dead is about existence: virtual, metaphorical, philosophical and suddenly real. It is a dark, shocking and often brutally funny meditation on our world of virtual reality.

The world’s most famous philosopher arrives in Los Angeles, where he is greeted as a star and announces the Death of Man and the End of History on the David Letterman show. After being sacked from his university position for the use of an offensive anecdote, he decides to ‘live a little’. He wakes in the company of a young man who is on the run from his father, a leading software magnate, and they embark on a tense and hedonistic journey across America, in which they discover that the translation from simulation to reality is a shocking one.

Blending Michel Foucault’s philosophy with the Faustian archetype, a play emerges that is intellectual, visceral and defiant. The play was first produced by the Actors’ Touring Company in 1997.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Mark Ravenhill

ISBN: 9780413760609

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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