Modern Prometheus: Frankenstein with Mary Shelley
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Virginia Bartholomew
September 20, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Do you consider yourself a writer who also performs, an actor who also writes, or something else?
I have a passion for adapting great works of literature into dynamic performances. So many classical pieces have such great passion in the text but are considered dusty and antiquated. I love to breathe life into these works and make them come to life in live, powerful theatrical experiences.
What does solo performance do that can't be accomplished in a multi-actor play?
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was inspired by a horrific nightmare. Using Mary as vehicle and storyteller shows that these monstrous characters are parts of her persona.
In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
This show is about the overreaching of science. We have since reanimated life using electricity. How far is too far?
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
This show is surprising! The image of "Frankenstein" as we know it is instantly recognizable -- the green skin, square head, thick neck with large bolts. This image was created in films which reduced this eloquent and poignant creature to a grunting imbecile. The true horror of this story is the monstrosity which is created with abandonment, not with sutures.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre absolutely brings about societal change. We live and die by our stories and telling the human story holds a mirror, as they say, up to nature. Great theatre not only shows society who we are but can begin to change behavior, which I find very exciting.