Conceived in 1816, Mary (18 at the time), Percy Shelley and Lord Byron had a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for days, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made, inspiring the novel. Published in 1818, many consider Frankenstein by to be first work in the genre of science fiction as she questions man’s role as a caretaker of nature and cautions for a need to make thoughtful decisions regarding scientific progress.
Our story stays true to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, but the twist in this production lies with the style of the telling. Radio Theater is radio you can see with music, old-fashioned sound effects and fourteen voice actors retell the famous tale, which delves into human psyche, hubris and over-vaulting ambition.
Upon graduating from the university, and with the help of a friend, Victor Frankenstein set out to create life–using corpses stolen from graveyards. During a raging storm, he is successful but, too late, realizes he has created a misshapen, inarticulate horror. And so begins a tale of creature vs. creator set in the sound studio of the 1940 Opera Theater’s radio station, WGFZ.
Philip Grecian’s adaptation of the novel comes to life during 3 performances October 23 and 24th, 2020.