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MSU Theater Department Presents: Frankenstein

The department of theatre at Murray State University will present their last show of the academic year, Frankenstein, April 14-16 at 7:30pm and April 17 at 2:30pm in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on the main campus. This version of the Frankenstein story is a dramatized version of Mary Shelley’s novel written by R.N. Sandberg.  While the play is based on the novel by Shelley, this is a modern rendition of the classic story of the Doctor and his Monster.  As you watch the show, you will relive the tale of love, lost love, murder, and compassion as we visit the many countries of Europe where the play is set.

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According to the director, Mr. Daryl Phillipy, “Frankenstein is a highly emotional, and theatrical play that delves into the powerful subtext of the novel by Mary Shelley. This production has much of the original poignancy and tragedy of Shelley’s work without losing any of the horror.  The production has depth of story and fantastical elements of spectacle.”

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As Victor builds the Monster, he contemplates the building of a second female Monster as a companion to the original, he brings death to that creation, and watches as the Monster takes murderous revenge for that killing. Victor must endure the struggles that come with attempting to create life that will end only in death. The simple set, designed by Brent Menchinger, uses projections to indicate different locations and character development. According to Menchinger, “This will not be the classic “come on up to the lab” production ofFrankenstein.  The scenery consists of various platforms with a screen set behind for the use of the projections.”  The much more simple approach was agreed upon by the director of the production.  According to Phillipy, “It is much more than a “horror story” and the play transcends the genre into a complex psychological drama.  The set allows for that character exploration because our eyes are not drawn around the stage to look at the scenery.  This all happens while still satisfying fans of the classic horror genre.”  Costume designer, Heidi Ortega, has only a few characters to costume, but each actor plays several characters.  Ortega states, “The key there is to find the right costumes that can be changed quickly and easily so the momentum of the play is not slowed.  It is a challenge to find that happy medium.”

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This is a modern rendition of the classic story of the Doctor and his Monster. Relive the tale of love, lost love, murder, and compassion as we visit the many countries of Europe where the play is set. As Victor builds the Monster, contemplates the building of a second female Monster as a companion to the original, brings death to that creation, and watches as the Monster takes murderous revenge for that killing, Victor must endure the struggles that come with attempting to create life that will end only in death. Does the creation of the Monster prove that life can be regenerated? Or does the Monster’s post-death existence only prove that humans should not attempt to control such aspects of our own humanity? Watch as we witness the struggle of both Doctor and his Creation.

Some material may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.

Click here to listen to an interview with Darryl Phillipy about the production.

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