Placing an exclamation point on their stellar 2008 Season, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley opens Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" on October 24th at the Live Oak Theatre. Jeremy Cole directs the timeless tale of a scholar selling his soul to the devil for ultimate knowledge, highlighting clashes between the medieval age and the coming renaissance as well as the Christian and secular worlds. Through November 22nd, Fridays and Saturdays. Special show Thursday, November 20th only. All shows 8pm. General admission $12, Seniors/Students (with I.D.) $10. Order tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com or reservations at (510) 649-5999.

Making his debut with Actors Ensemble, Jeremy Cole is a recent transplant from Denver, where he received multiple critics' award nominations for his work in lighting design, costume design, acting, and direction, going on to win for his direction of "The Kentucky Cycle" and "Metamorphoses." Since moving to the Bay Area, he has designed costumes for Theatre Rhinoceros, Theatre First and San Jose Stage Company, performed for Thunderbird Theatre Company, and directed "Richard III" and "Macbeth" for Subterranean Shakespeare.

Its story derived from the German legend of Faust, "Doctor Faustus" survives in two versions, with both published after Marlowe's death in 1593. The manuscript chosen for Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's production is a hybrid script that draws mainly from the 1604 quarto (otherwise known as the A text) with some additions from the 1616 quarto (or B text) to flesh things out. A giant of Elizabethan theatre second only to William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe lived a short life (with a mysterious death) and, luckily for us, was able to put forth his momentous "Doctor Faustus" in those twenty-nine years.

When: October 24th - November 22nd, Friday and Saturday, 8pm. Thursday, (November 20th only), 8pm.

What: Play - "Doctor Faustus"

Who: Actors Ensemble of Berkeley

Where: Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Avenue (@ Berryman) in Berkeley

Public Info: (510) 649-5999 www.aeofberkeley.org

Admission: All shows - $12 General Admission; $10 for Seniors and Students (with I.D.). To order tickets online, go to www.brownpapertickets.com. To reserve tickets, call (510) 649-5999.

Contact: Eric Carlson (510) 525-7511; unknown5@earthlink.net
Stanley Spenger (510) 234-6046; stanleyspenger@hotmail.com