Faust Foutu: a comic masque

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Station Hill Press, Jan 5, 1985 - Drama - 80 pages
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Drama. FAUST FOUTU (Faust Screwed) is a satire featuring a mid-20th-century Faust as a bourgeois artist "suffering" for his art. It was first performed by poets and painters in San Francisco in 1955 and published in a small edition in 1960. The book includes drawings by the poet made to accompany the printed text, reproduced here in a trade edition. "In the early fifties the art of painting was at the cutting edge (Clyfford Still, Pollock, Rothko)--it's not surprising that this 'screwed' Faust is a painter or that a public reading and performance of the piece should have taken place at San Francisco's most intensely avant garde art gallery, the Six Gallery. It's no surprise either that the actors in the presentation, seated at a long table on a little dais, should be friends, actors, experimental filmmakers, poets, painters, and playwrights. Poet Jack Spicer leaned towards the audience at moments with intensity and almost boyish innocence of expression and near harshness of diction. Larry Jordan, the filmmaker, had been encouraged by Duncan to just sing loudly and naturally letting his untrained voice carry Faust's songs. Painter, and life-friend of Duncan's, Jess Collins, spoke his lines with immense clarity and irony. The play was being tested on the ear, there was no acting-out as Duncan did in his solo performances, this was to be heard--and, listen, it's still sounding"--Michael McClure.

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Robert Duncan holds an MS in Computer, Information, and Communications Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Duncan is director of network planning at Qwest Wireless, LLC. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (American Society of Quality Control).

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