OPENING PERFORMANCE: Frankenstein, presented by Cardinal Stage Company

Abandoned by his creator, Frankenstein's Creature seeks affection ... and revenge. Mary Shelley's still-shocking gothic thriller is produced in partnership with IU's 2017 Themester. Celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein with Nick Dear’s riveting modern adaptation, originally produced at the National Theatre in London, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which turns 200 in 2018, features subject matter that explores themes of otherness, assimilation, and scientific responsibility. When it comes to asking the hard questions at the heart of the intersection of the humanities and scientific discovery, perhaps no story has ever topped Frankenstein. As contemporary scientific innovations such as artificial intelligence and stem cell treatment continue to push ethical boundaries, the play continues to find new relevance in discussions of scientific responsibility.

Dear’s adaptation is notable in its focus on The Creature. The play begins with the birth of Frankenstein’s creation and follows him as he is cast out into a hostile world that perceives 31 difference and otherness as an inherent threat. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Cardinal’s former artistic director, Randy White, returns to Bloomington to direct this Indiana premiere.

Friday October 27, 2017 07:30 PM
Friday October 27, 2017 09:00 PM
Buskirk Chumley Theatre
Gabe Gloden, Cardinal Stage Company Managing Director
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IUB students: $9; peak shows: general $26.95-34.95, under 35 $18.95-27.95, students $15.95-23.95
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This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity Difference Otherness.
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