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‘Frankenstein’ reanimated at Fusion

November 7, 2014

Breyana Floyd / The Courier - Johnny Williams III plays the Creature in a modern adaption of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."

People often imagine Frankenstein as the tall and looming, bright green monster with bolts protruding from his neck. Movies made this image famous, but the name Frankenstein originally refers to the monster’s creator, Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. Monmouth College Theatre Department’s presentation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” returns the name Frankenstein to the proper person, and imagines a less iconic iteration of the creature. The production runs November 6-9 at The Fusion Theatre in downtown Monmouth and opens the main stage season, which is based out of The Fusion Theatre.

Audience members are invited to tour the theatre’s lobby, which features dramaturgical displays. The production utilizes arena style seating, allowing audiences to see all aspects of production, and includes cinematic projections.

Several Monmouth College courses are reading Shelley’s classic novel, which tells the tale of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation.

Director Vanessa Campagna’s production concept connects the original text to modern day, stating, “A New Historicist perspective is that ‘All texts, all documents, are representations of the beliefs, values and forms of power circulating in a society at a given time in specific circumstances.’ This in mind, our production depicts what I identify as some of society’s current beliefs, values, and forms of power. Consider the present moment’s emphasis on progress and innovation. Specific to the college’s academic community, consider the emphasis upon themes of artificial selection, beauty, and control…and the roles these desires play in personal and social meaning-making. This production of ‘Frankenstein’ aims to be resonant and accessible for students, as well as thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing for community patrons.”

“Frankenstein” will play Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6-8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. A talkback with members of the cast and crew will be held directly following the Saturday performance. Tickets are $4 with a MC ID, $5 for non-MC students and senior citizens, and $6 for adults. Seating is limited with only 100 seats per show. Selling out is predicted, so it is advised to purchase tickets online in advance: No late admissions will be permitted, non-paid reservations will forfeit seats 10 minutes prior to curtain time.

Due to adult language and situations and partial nudity, it is recommended that no patron under the age of 13 attend the show without parental supervision.

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