We at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company are proud to have Chris Kayser with us in the title role in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. His previous Tavern credits include As You Like It, Coriolanus, Murder in the Cathedral and Salome. Chris spent 25 years as a Resident Artist at Georgia Shakespeare. He has also been seen for many years as Scrooge at the Alliance Theatre in A Christmas Carol. Other theaters where he has performed include The Horizon Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Theatre du Reve, Actors Express and many others. Here is a quick interview with him on the experience!
How long have you been in the Atlanta theatre scene?
I was born in Atlanta and I have been working in the theater here for over 40 years.
Is there a moment in the show that resonates with you?
The many moments of doubt that Dr. Faustus has are universal, I think. Have I chosen the right path? What is the cost of that choice? What have I left behind?
What is it like performing in the round as opposed to regular staging?
You must keep the whole audience in mind at all times. You have to keep moving, to spread your focus around the whole 360 degrees.
You start and end the show in complete darkness. What does that symbolize for the character?
What Faustus doesn’t realize is that his choice is already made—that he is mired in an endless cycle where he begins and ends…in hell. The darkness symbolizes that very well.
Is it hard as an actor to begin and end in darkness?
Technically, no it’s not hard to begin and end in darkness. One gets used to that over the course of a career
Is there something you want the audience to leave with after the performance?