It all started when…
This classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of young Dr. Victor Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Through his obsession, he gives life to a creature both hideous and touching. Adhering more to the novel than did the famous motion picture versions, the play blends moments of sudden shock with questions of morality and the dangers of unrestrained scientific inquiry.
We live in a world where scientific fact is no longer accepted as such. Creationism is taught in public schools, a significant percentage of the population believes that the earth is flat, the moon landing was faked and that Satan buried dinosaur bones to test the faith of Christians. Perhaps this insanity is a reaction to the fact that the technological advances of the last two hundred years are terrifying, that life as we know it could be wiped from this planet in the literal touch a button. While Shelley's Frankenstein was the first piece to delve into the dangers of invention, countless other stories, I, Robot, Jurassic Park, Terminator, all expand on this central theme; man creates, creation destroys. All of these stories invite the audience to question, not if something can be done, but whether it should be done. In the coming years, we will be able to predetermine the sex of our children, to tailor their genetic makeup to our desires and to grow organs to extend our lifespans. We must ask ourselves, as individuals and a society, not if this can be done, but whether it should be done. Personally, I think these are incredibly difficult questions to answer.
Working on this play has been a long time coming. I remember the first time I heard about this adaptation from my high school theatre teacher, I was fifteen. I remember the first time I read it, I was nineteen. I remember liking it so much, I excitedly shared it with a friend of mine, her name was Ilana. I remember wanting to mount a production of the piece, I always thought this kid I went to high school with would make a great Victor, his name was Tom Brown. Honoring the responsibility of creation alongside my wife and closest friends has been and continues to be, the great joy of my life.
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