'Frankenstein' at the Guthrie Dan Norman Photography


Frankenstein - Playing with Fire

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Sept. 15-Oct. 27
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 16-Oct. 21
7 p.m.
Holiday, Theater

For having been assembled from dissected corpses, the reanimated creation of Dr. Victor Frankenstein has proven remarkably durable, surviving centuries of wildly varied depictions in virtually every artistic medium. Minnesota playwright Barbara Field earned widespread acclaim with her adaptation, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire. The 1988 work centers on a fateful confrontation between creator and creation in the barren landscape of the Arctic Circle, and its monster is far from the lurching monstrosity of many popular interpretations. Field stayed true to Shelley’s vision of a forsaken figure, articulate and sensitive, unleashing his violent wrath only after being cruelly rejected by his father and driven from society. This new revival of Field’s work utilizes two sets of actors to portray the respective roles of Frankenstein and his “creature”: Zachary Fine/Elijah Alexander and Ryan Colbert/Jason A. Rojas. This Rob Melrose-directed staging commemorates the 200th year of Frankenstein’s tormented existence.