Frankenstein

 

Frankenstein

based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
10 to 28 W, 7 M / 120 MIN

When Mary Shelley sits down to write Frankenstein, she’s 18 years old with everything to prove. Her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, is too in his head to notice his wife’s phenomenal talent. She’s grieving the death of her infant daughter. And in this era of gothic literature, no one wants to believe that the darkness on the page mirrors the storm in her own head. That is, until her mother shows up. The only problem is, Mary Wollstonecraft died when Shelley was just ten days old. 

This adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel explores monsters and the women who create them. It’s a play that asks the age old question: How far would you go to to outrun your ghosts? 

This play is completely high school appropriate and perfect for school productions.

Production History

GEORGE MASON HIGH SCHOOL (FALLS CHURCH, VA)
PRODUCTION
DIR. SHAWN NORTHRIP, 2020 (UPCOMING)

 
 
Illustration by Henning Wagenbreth for The New Yorker

Illustration by Henning Wagenbreth for The New Yorker

HENRY
You’ve known me for so long that talking to me doesn’t feel like talking to anyone at all. Talking to me is like making a fist. You don’t even notice that your hand is doing it sometimes. And yet you can express so much with just that one set of muscles. Talking to me is like an extension of your own body. It’s natural. It’s easy.

VICTOR
Is that what they’re teaching you in your philosophy courses?

HENRY
See? You can’t even be cruel to me without effort. What is it you’re working on here? Why won’t you let me in?
— Frankenstein