Notre Dame College Presents Theatre Events for 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein

Notre Dame College is celebrating the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s literary classic Frankenstein with two theatre productions this academic year.

The College’s Performing Arts programs, in collaboration with Mercury Theatre Company, will present a community theatre production of "Frankenstein: The Play" Thursday through Saturday, November 1-3, in Regina Auditorium. To continue celebrating Frankenstein, Notre Dame’s theatre department is scheduled to present a student production of “Young Frankenstein: The Musical” April 4-6, 2019, also in Regina Auditorium.

The November production of “Frankenstein: The Play” is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a $17,000 public grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 1, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3. Tickets are available online.

Notre Dame students are working under the direction of Mercury Theatre and alongside community members from across the county to cast, stage, rehearse, market and perform the play. Notre Dame is now the permanent home of Mercury Theatre.

The play adaptation begins with Victor Frankenstein leaving his lab after being repulsed by the creature he formed from human corpses. The story chronicles the creature’s attempts at companionship that result in tragedy and ultimately horror as the monster, shunned by society, vows revenge on his creator.

With the two productions, Notre Dame joins national colleges and universities like Stanford and the University of Notre Dame in commemorating Frankenstein at 200. Shelley’s graphic novel “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus,” published in 1818, explores themes still relevant to issues today, like bioethics, artificial intelligence, disability studies, human rights and even race relations.

Performances of “Young Frankenstein: The Musical” in 2019 are at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, all at Regina Auditorium. Advance tickets also are available online.

Both Frankenstein theatre productions are part of The Joan Cronin Reagan #NDCPerforms Series for 2018-2019 at the College. The complete schedule of events for the academic year is online.

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