North Shore Theatre Group presents Greg Oliver Bodine in FRANKENSTEIN; or, The Modern Prometheus -- a one-man play faithfully adapted from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel of gothic horror. FRANKENSTEIN is being offered as part of NSTG's Solo Classics Performance Series. This play is staged live with minimal set and lighting effects, and is performed without an intermission in one hour. Suitable for adults and for children (ages 12 and over). A must-see for Frankenstein enthusiasts and fans of mystery and horror! One actor. One hour. Perfect for the Halloween season! Directed by DeLisa M. White. Available for Live weekend performances ONLY to Theaters, Libraries, Historic hotels, Colleges & Schools in NY, NJ, CT, Washington DC, VA, MD and DE. Sept. 30 - Nov. 4, 2023.
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. In 1814, Mary began a romance with one of her father’s political followers, the then married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Together with Mary's stepsister Claire Clairmont, Mary and Shelley left for France and traveled through Europe. In 1816, the couple famously spent a summer with Lord Byron, John William Polidori, and Claire Clairmont near Geneva, Switzerland, where Mary conceived the idea for her novel Frankenstein.
Sitting around a log fire at Byron's villa, the company amused themselves with German ghost stories, which prompted Byron to propose that they "each write a ghost story." Mary began writing what she assumed would be a short story. With Percy Shelley's encouragement, she expanded this tale into her first novel, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818. She later described that summer in Switzerland as the moment "when I first stepped out from childhood into life". The story has been fictionalized several times and formed the basis for a number of films.
The Story: London, 1799. Having returned to England after a failed sea expedition to the North Pole, Capt. Robert Walton is entreated to describe his strange encounter with Victor Frankenstein, a young science student whom he had rescued after finding him nearly frozen and traveling by a dog-drawn sled across the ice. Walton then recounts Frankenstein’s own fantastic tale of a monster he had fashioned from the parts of stolen corpses -- only to reject, then pursue his creation across Europe into the Arctic hinterlands of Russia, vowing to destroy it…or die in the trying.