By Nick Dear

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performed
November 2014


"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. 

This 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 "Cabaret", Off 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. 

At 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 HATE! 
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 Marann 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, Sandy Lewis, and Ava Danzer played members of the Frankenstein household. Lawrence 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.