BAM, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, and Teatro de Arena present FAUST/How I Rose, written and designed by John Jesurun, and directed by Martín Acosta. Adapted from a Spanish language production by Mexico's renowned Teatro de Arena, FAUST/How I Rose takes on a host of cultural, social, and personal politics. A high-flying diplomat, Jesurun's Faust is susceptible to love and its inevitable pain, a vulnerability exploited by his often-sympathetic, female Mephistopheles. Bedeviled by a kind of 360-degree vision, she sees everything from every point of view, simultaneously, and is the atmospheric center of the play. Part of Mexico Now, a project of Arts International, a citywide festival of contemporary Mexican arts and culture, presenting the work of over 100 Mexican filmmakers; architects; writers; and dance, theater, music, and visual artists at 26 of New York City's leading arts venues in November 2004. The Wednesday, November 17 performance is in Spanish (no English translation). All other performances in English.