Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, was the first true science fiction novel. Two hundred years later, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling – while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.
Aquila Theatre Company presents the stage adaptation of one of the first true science fiction novels, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at The F.M. Kirby Center on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.
All seats are just $10, plus applicable fees, thanks to underwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Written two centuries ago in 1818 by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, is the first true science fiction novel. Years ahead of its time, the story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations. Frankenstein is a living, breathing, gruesome outcome of scientific discovery. The piece raises an important universal question about the nature of innovation- just because it can be done, should it be done?
Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results. After wandering the world alone, the monster eventually comes for Frankenstein’s family. Horrific events unfold until the doctor tentatively agrees to create a mate for the creature. Ultimately, the doctor refuses in an effort to spare humanity but bears the terrible and personal penalties of his decision. Two hundred years later, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling – while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.
Aquila Theatre’s mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number. A play becomes ‘classical’ because we recognize that after a time it transcends the original culture it was created for. It retains the power to provoke the central question of what it means to be human. As a company dedicated to the classics, we feel a responsibility to acknowledge and explore newfound classical works. Aquila was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck.
Aquila is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, visiting 50-60 American cities per year. Aquila is currently touring Hamlet and Sense & Sensibility (2017/2018). Most recent past touring seasons include: Much Ado About Nothing and Murder on the Nile, as well as The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus (2016/2017); Romeo and Juliet and Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2015/2016); The Tempest and Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (2014/2015); Twelfth Night and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (2013/2014); Taming of the Shrew and Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (2012/2013); Macbeth and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (2011/2012); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author (2010/2011); As You Like It and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (2009/2010).