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Faustus PhD

May 2017

Written by Caltech graduate student Mark Kozlowski, Faustus PhD is a dark comedy about selling your soul for science. Fame, fortune, and a Nobel prize at 35!


Performance Dates (Ramo Auditorium)

  • Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m. preview
  • Saturday, May 6, 2:30pm
  • Saturday, May 6,  7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices

  • $12 General Admission; $10 Caltech/JPL; $5 students

Jack Faustus is a struggling third-year graduate student, frustrated by his lack of accomplishment. He decides to make a deal with the Devil: 24 years of knowing exactly which experiments to run and how to run them in exchange for his soul. Faustus soon begins to regret the deal, but will he find redemption or at least a way out? Romance, loyalty, and the price of ambition: this play examines graduate school and academic research through a tragicomic lens.