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On Stage: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Just in time for Halloween, The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus will host a one-night production of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on October 26. 

This stage adaptation by Aquila Theatre Company celebrates the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s chilling 1818 novel. Aquila Theatre Company is based in New York and is known for its bold adaptations of literary works.

The play follows Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein who has a goal to create an artificial human. After Frankenstein succeeds without considering the consequences, the monster comes for Frankenstein and his family after getting left on its own in the wilderness. Although the story was written 200 years ago, it remains relevant today by posing many ethical questions about science and innovation.

“Many credit ‘Frankenstein’ as being the original horror story,” says Kelli Strickland, executive and art director of the Weidner. “It’s the earliest of all of the monsters with association to Halloween. I think that Frankenstein is a sweet spot of science fiction and horror.”

True to the novel, this stage adaptation is recommended for adult audiences. Tickets can be purchased at weidnercenter.com

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