Frankenstein comes to USD March 24-28 The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will present Playing with Fire (after Frankenstein), an eloquent morality play by Barbara Field, March 24-28 at 8 p.m. in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
Playing with Fire (after Frankenstein) is adapted from Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. The action is set at the barren North Pole where Dr. Frankenstein has a final, fateful meeting with his macabre creation.
One of the most unique features of Ms. Field's play is its use of flashback, a dramaturgical device that intensifies the conflict by juxtaposing present action with the story's origin. To accommodate the technique each of the major characters is represented by two actors. Dr. Frankenstein, for instance, is played by Corey Rush of Sturgis, a newcomer to the University Theatre stage, while young Victor Frankenstein is played by Thomas Golden, also of Sturgis.
Golden may be remembered for playing the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last year. While Jesse Jensen of Aberdeen, assumes the role of The Creature, the mature manifestation of Dr. Frankenstein's creation, Joie Bauer of Morse Bluff, NE, plays Adam, the youthful creature. Amanda Sides of Smithwick, takes on the role of Elizabeth, Victor's love interest, and Jay Williams of Yankton, plays Professor Krempe.
The artistic team features the work of numerous students including Keith Goeden, a graduate student from Yankton, as director. Goeden is well known in Yankton for his directorial efforts at the Lewis and Clark Theatre Company. Laura Nesson of Huron creates the artic landscape, and Jennifer Edwards of Parkston, designs Victorian-inspired costumes. Makeup, including the creature's elaborate mask, has been carefully crafted by Amanda Fehlner of Tabor, IA, while lighting and sound are designed by Darren Golden of Council Bluffs, IA and Brian Adams of Lead, respectively.
Tickets for Playing with Fire (after Frankenstein) are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and youth, and $1 for USD students with valid ID.
As seating is limited, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the University Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400.