Frankenstein

based on the novel by Mary Shelley

When Mary Shelley sits down to write Frankenstein, she’s 18 years old with everything to prove. Her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, is too in his head to notice his wife’s phenomenal talent. She’s grieving the death of her infant daughter. And in this era of gothic literature, no one wants to believe that the darkness on the page mirrors the storm in her own...
based on the novel by Mary Shelley

When Mary Shelley sits down to write Frankenstein, she’s 18 years old with everything to prove. Her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, is too in his head to notice his wife’s phenomenal talent. She’s grieving the death of her infant daughter. And in this era of gothic literature, no one wants to believe that the darkness on the page mirrors the storm in her own head. That is, until her mother shows up. The only problem is, Mary Wollstonecraft died when Shelley was just ten days old.

This adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel explores monsters and the women who create them. It’s a play that asks the age old question: How far would you go to to outrun your ghosts?

(This play is completely high school appropriate and perfect for school productions.)
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Frankenstein

Character Information

  • Mary Shelley
    18,
    Female
    Author of Frankenstein
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    26,
    Male
    Mary Shelley's husband and a poet.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
    38,
    Female
    Feminist scholar and Mary Shelley's mother
  • Victor Frankenstein
    23,
    Male
    A scholar and a villain
  • Henry Clerval
    23,
    Male
    Victor Frankenstein's best friend
  • Alphonse Frankenstein
    63,
    Male
    Victor and William Frankenstein's father
  • Monsieur Beaufort
    late 40s,
    Male
    A merchant and a dear friend of Alphonse Frankenstein
  • Caroline Frankenstein
    both 18 and 35 years old,
    Female
    Victor and William Frankenstein's mother.
  • The Creature
    Male
    Eight feet tall and terrifying, but only because we don't fully understand who he is.
  • Madame de Lacey
    37,
    Female
    The matriarch of the house The Creature observes. Blind and free of prejudice.
  • Agatha de Lacey
    17,
    Female
    Devoted to her family and determined to drive The Creature from her home.
  • Elizabeth Lavenza
    22,
    Female
    Victor Frankenstein's cousin and fiancé
  • William Frankenstein
    6,
    Male
    Victor Frankenstein's younger brother
  • Justine Moritz
    19,
    Female
    A servant at the Frankenstein home
  • The Party
    A chorus of young men and women (but mostly women) who grace the Shelley household with uproarious laughter, ardor, and joy. Within the confines of Mary Shelley’s novel, they fill every animal and human role not already spoken for.