"All I ask is the
possibility of love!"
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque
in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile
universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes,
and increasingly desperate and vengeful, he determines to track down his
creator and strike a terrifying deal.
magnificent retelling of one of the world’s greatest stories is not anything
like a simple tale of terror and suspense. It is instead, a moving and
often tender examination of urgent concerns for scientific responsibility,
parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of Good and Evil.
Are we responsible for our creations? Are we victims of our technology?
Are we prisoners of our parents and their bloodlines?
This powerful version of Frankenstein
by Nick Dear came to life as only Off The Wall Theatre can produce
it. Hot on the heels of it's critically acclaimed production of
The Wall tackled another challenging play, mining new depth and style
from popular sources. This version of "Frankenstein" is seen
through the eyes of the Creature... a "New Adam." As he seeks out his Creator,
so we too ask questions about our own Creation.
Of course, Off The Wall Theatre's
Artistic Director Dale
Gutzman and Technical Wizard David
Roper provided plenty of thrills, spills, and stage magic in the
amazing, tiny off the wall space. Finding new and "theatrically satisfying"
ways to stage; the Birth of the Creature, the Burning down of a Cottage,
the horrific Drowning of a Young Child, a vengeful Pursuit Across Antartica,
and the symbolic onset of the Industrial Revolution among other events
taxed even the creative ingenuity of Off The Wall Theatre.
the heart of the play is of course the relationship between Victor Frankenstein
and his Creation. Nathan Danzer played the brilliant but disturbed
doctor who abandons all human emotional connections in order to "Create
Live." and the versatile Jeremy C. Welter played the life he creates.
We followed the creature in this play, the stage growing dark when he shuts
his eyes, and lighting up brilliantly when he is happy. We followed his
search for LOVE and how that search teaches him about Man's cruelty and
Dale Gutzman played the blind but
brilliant professor who befriends the Creature.
Daniel O'Dwyer and
Cari Dulan played the Professor's children. The multi-talented
Curtis played Victor's trusting but strong-willed bride to be, and
the much praised Robert Hirschi played Victor's father. Isaac
Danzer played Victors' brother, William, and Alejandra Gonzales,
Lewis, and Ava Danzer played members of the Frankenstein household.
J. Lukasavage who previously appeared as Herr Schultz in "Cabaret,"Robb
Preston, Donald Lobacz and Derek Lobacz played everything
from grieving villagers to grave diggers.
'Frankenstein" is a powerful
piece of exciting theater, crackling with ideas as well as thrilling action.
It was the perfect Off The Wall Theatre event.