The 1815 eruption of Indonesia’s Tambora volcano had a catastrophic effect on climate around the world. In North America and Europe, the following twelve months became known as “the year without summer.” Confined indoors by the relentless rain and cold, a group of friends, including 18-year old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and poet Lord Byron, began writing ghost stories to pass the time. Shelley’s tale “Frankenstein” remains, over 200 years later, a work of timeless imagination and power. Includes a post-play conversation with Leslie S. Klinger, author of The New Annotated Frankenstein. Original music by John Biddle. Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in February 2020. Adapted by Kate McAll Director: Anna Lyse Erikson Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg An L.A. Theatre Works Full-Cast Performance featuring: Seamus Dever as Captain Walton Adhir Kalyan as Victor Frankenstein Stacy Keach as The Creature Cerris Morgan-Moyer as Elizabeth Lavenza, Justine Moritz Mike McShane as Mr. Davy, Father, Donald Darren Richardson as Henry Clerval, Judge, Old Man, Hamish Associate Artistic Director: Anna Lyse Erikson Recording Engineer and Sound Designer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood Senior Radio Producer: Ronn Lipkin Foley Artist: Brian DeShazor Production Manager: Erica R. Christensen Editor and Mixing Engineer: Charles Carroll
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About the Narrators
Stacy Keach is perhaps best known for his portrayal of hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer. He played Ken Titus on the sitcom Titus, Warden Henry Pope in the hit series Prison Break, and has been seen in numerous film and stage productions. He won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway and starred as Richard Nixon in the US National Tour of Frost/Nixon. His performance in the title role of King Lear has received international acclaim.
Seamus Dever is an award-winning
actor and star of ABC’s Castle as Homicide
Detective Kevin Ryan. His other television roles include Army Wives, General
Hospital, and Mad Men, and his
film credits include Hollywoodland. He
is well known to theater audiences for his acclaimed role of Alex in A Clockwork Orange. He is a graduate of
Carnegie-Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theatre. He and his wife Juliana
reside in Los Angeles with their two rescue dogs and are proud vegetarians active
in animal rights and environmental causes.
Miriam Margolyes received the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence. She was the voice of Fly the dog in Babe and appeared in Ladies in Lavender with Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. In 2002 she played the role of Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.