Why See Frankenstein - Playing with Fire?
Frankenstein & His Monster Come Alive On Stage
Last performed at the Guthrie in 1988, Barbara Field's postmodern response to Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece Frankenstein is resurrected, opening the Minneapolis mainstay's bold new 2018/19 season. The breathtaking thriller weaves together poignant philosophical questions about the origin of man, morality and the spiritual evolution of humankind with erudite dialogue and an extraordinary stage design that comes together to form a visceral and visual theatre experience.
The story revisits the climactic final meeting between the scientist Frankenstein and his wretched creation, amidst the barren climes of the North Pole. After a harrowing cat and mouse chase, the pair exchange woeful words. Frankenstein is determined to end the life of his experiment gone awry, whilst the monster rails against his abandonment and mistreatment. Past and present collide as scenes from their extraordinary history play out, intertwined with a thought-provoking reckoning that likens the monster with the biblical Adam.
Opening night: 15 September 2018
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