written by Mary Shelly, adapted by Robert Pike
"Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.
In a room of filthy creation, a young man stands alone at the turning point of human history: a remedy to the steady cold hand of Death. On the table lies his greatest promise, the product of all his hard work, the summation of his hopes and dreams. As Victor Frankenstein brings his impossible creation to life, he also opens a door to death, destruction, and regret.
In this installment of We Happy Few’s Classics-in-Action series, we’ll explore Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in an hour-long performance using her original text, live action, puppets, and a custom cocktail to bring to life the Frankenstein that you’ve always wanted to know.
Show contains some scary content, but is appropriate for all ages. Running time is approximately an hour.
October 18 - November 10, 2018 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington DC
October 29, 2018 at The South East Public Library, Washington DC
"It’s positively creepy—not just in its portrayal, but in how on edge you can get with such simple yet creative use of the body, vocal chords, and lighting." - DC Metro Theater Arts
"With spirited ensemble nature driving the life-force of the performance, this hour-long bulleted intensive of Mary Shelley’s masterwork is an engaging thriller that submerges you right in the midst of Dr. Frankenstein’s crisis." - Theatre Bloom
"this hour long show manages to encapsulate the best of Shelley’s words by skipping the Hollywood approach, giving us more than a spooky stroll through a well thumbed classic." - DC Theatre Scene
Robert Pike and Bridget Grace Sheaff
Kerry McGee (devising, cocktails, props)
Jon Reynolds (devising, props, set)
Paige O'Malley (devising, costumes)
Keith Hock (dramaturg)
Robert Pike (devising, script)
Sam Reilly (devising, stage management)
Photos by Mark Williams Hoelscher