Dramatized by Tim Kelly
From the classic by Mary Shelley
Directed by Tony Copper
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797–1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.
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Story of the Play
Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant young scientist, returns to his Swiss chateau to escape a terrible pursuer. No one can shake free the dark secret that terrifies him: not his mother, nor his fiancee, nor his best friend. Even the pleading of a gypsy girl accused of murdering Victor’s younger brother falls on deaf ears, for Victor has brought into being a creature made from pieces of the dead. The creature tracks Victor to his sanctuary to demand a bride to share its loneliness. Against his better judgment, Victor agrees and soon the household is invaded by murder, despair and terror!
Cast of Characters
Ernst (M, 35+)… an Inspector General of police
Sophie (F, 35+)… a housekeeper
Victor Frankenstein (M, 25 – 30)… a young scientist
Elizabeth (F, 25 -30)… Victor’s fiancée
Henry (M, 25 – 30)… Victor’s friend, also a scientist
Frau Frankenstein (F, 45+)… Victor’s mother
The Creature (M, 30+)… an artificially created man
Justine (18 – 22)… a gypsy girl
A Banned History
19 year-old Mary Shelley created the story on a rainy afternoon in 1816 in Geneva, where she was staying with her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their friend Lord Byron. Byron proposed they each write a gothic ghost story, but only Mary Shelley completed hers. The novel was published two years later. 2018 marks the 200th Anniversary of the publication of what many consider to be the not only the first Gothic horror novel but the first science fiction novel as well..
Frankenstein was banned in 1955 in South Africa for being “objectionable and obscene.” It was removed from school book shelves when it was banned.
It was also challenged in some schools from Texas, but was ultimately not banned.
People also stated that the thought of creating monsters was in a way witchcraft. The thought of monsters coming to life was a thought of witchcraft and not science.