We’re only three days from opening night, after three years of dreaming about and developing this project. I’ve shared many of my thoughts from the perspective of a playwright and dramaturg, and as the final dress rehearsals commence, I want to share one more.
Those of you who have read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein know the basic story of Justine, the young woman who is taken into the Frankenstein family home as a servant, and who is later accused of murder.
This accusation arouses shock, suspicion, and misery in members of the Frankenstein household. And it subjects Justine to the badgering of the prosecutor and her religious confessor — to the extent that she confesses to the crime.
This provokes questions about guilt: criminal guilt vs. spiritual guilt. And it demonstrates the dilemma sometimes faced in deciding whether to prioritize one’s life or one’s spiritual salvation. In this new adaptation of Frankenstein, director Steve Cooper and I explore the ramifications of Justine’s dilemma for the entire Frankenstein clan.