By Danielle Mohlman
Based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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 outrun your ghosts?
- Domestic violence and the maltreatment of women in that time period: women having little-to-no rights on their own and being the property of their husbands, socially accepted abuse and assault of women, and women taking their own lives possibly as a result of these things.
- Relationships: This play explores different types of relationships, including both healthy and toxic relationships, different parent-child relationships, the relationship between creator and creation, new and lifelong friendships, and romantic affection, both heterosexual & homosexual.
- Death: Mary's mother died when she was a baby, and her daughter Clara died 8 days after birth. Victor's mother dies of scarlet fever.
- Violence: With this being Frankenstein, there is the violence linked to The Creature killing members of Victor’s family, as well as in Victor's fever dream after he creates The Creature.
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