New version of Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale at Burien Actors Theatre is not your father’s Frankenstein
Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) production of Dr. Frankenstein is a fresh take on Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale, with a female doctor who breaks the rules of her time and an exploration through her articulate Creature of what it is like to be “the other.”
After a successful run in London, this is the second time the script has been produced in the United States. Performances run through Oct. 28.
The Burien Actors Theatre production, written by Selma Dimitrijevic, features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.
This is not your father’s Frankenstein. In this startlingly fresh, lyrical and haunting contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel, Dr. Frankenstein is reimagined as a woman. Victoria Frankenstein and her articulate Creature tell a thought-provoking story that follows Mary Shelley’s book more closely than other productions, but with wonderful new twists and an exploration of what happens when we don’t try to understand “the other”—and what happens when we do. A Northwest premiere.
This show contains infrequent adult language that includes "G, H and J" words and one “F" word. BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.
Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Oct. 5, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Oct. 6 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Oct. 7 which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.
For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.
Dr. Frankenstein is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.
THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS
Stage directors Beau M.K. Prichard and Barbara Cawley direct the talented cast of Skyler Gahley (Dr. Victoria Frankenstein), Phillip Keiman (Creature), Nikolai “Niko” Mell (Henry Clerval), Erin Sullivan (Elizabeth Lavenza Frankenstein), Kayleah Lewis (Justine Moritz), James “Jim” Snowden (Father) and Vera Werre (Mary). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.
Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Rob Falk, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Rochelle-Ann Graham, costumes; Erika Jacobson, Creature makeup; and Eric Dickman, sound.
ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE
Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.
BAT gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.
BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.