Auburn University’s Department of Theatre presenting ‘Frankenstein’

Published: November 10, 2016
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The story of "Frankenstein" has been told many times in many different mediums over the past 200 years. On Nov. 10, Auburn University's Department of Theatre will premier its own rendition in celebration of the bicentennial.

Auburn's production returns Mary Shelley to the forefront of the story and portrays the context from which her novel emerged. In 1816 in Geneva, Switzerland, 18-year-old Shelley and some companions, including Lord Byron, were competing with each other to write the best ghost story.

Because of a temporary change and dramatic cooling in the global climate caused by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, 1816 became known as "The Year Without a Summer." The fallout from the phenomenon was enormous. New England experienced 20-inch snow drifts in June. Religious revivals peaked. Frozen birds dropped out of the sky in Montreal. Global food shortages and outbreaks of disease only contributed to the chaos. Against this backdrop, Shelley penned "Frankenstein," a work that became one of the most recognizable horror stories of the modern age.

Auburn's original production of the beloved tale of horror is a journey to a world where humanity's monstrosities encounter a monster's humanity.

The artistic team for "Frankenstein" includes direction by Chase Bringardner; costume design by Tracy Oleinick; lighting, scene and projection design by Fereshteh Rostampour; and guest sound design by Anthony Narcisco. The cast includes: Miles Blanchett, Falan M. Buie, Cameron Carmello, London Carlisle, Connor Dealy, Ian Downs, Noel Dudley, Christopher Holton, Kaylie Horowitz, Hudson Hubbard, Teyonna Johnson, Taylor Newton, Bodio Popoola, Cate Rasco, Dylan Renfrow, Jessi Rogers, Michael Sanders, Hannah Spaulding, Ben Strickland, Peter Strickland, Aariyan Tooley, Scott Tye, Kristen Vanderwal, Erin Walsh and Emma Wheeler.

The performance runs just under two hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Talkback Thursdays
To learn more about the show or provide an opinion, join "Talkback Thursday's," a post-performance discussion with the director and company members.

Late Night Showing
Auburn University is excited to announce a late night showing of "Frankenstein" at 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. Patrons are encouraged to come to the theatre dressed in their favorite costume. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Buy Tickets
This season premieres a new ticketing system. New features include the ability to choose seats online on the mainstage, a new season subscription package and a larger range of purchasing options. For more information, go to https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=aubrn.

Box Office Hours
The Box Office is open from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; from 2-8 p.m. during weekday performances; from 6-8 p.m. for Saturday evening performances; and from 1-3 p.m. for Sunday matinees. For more information, call the box office at 334-844-4154

Schedule of performances for Frankenstein

  • Thur. Nov 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri. Nov. 11 at 10:30 p.m. Late night performance; wear your favorite costume.
  • Sat. Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sun. Nov 13 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Tue. Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wed. Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thur. Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri. Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices

  • General: $16.00
  • Senior Citizen: $12.00
  • Faculty and Staff: $12.00
  • AU student with ID: Free
  • Non-AU Student: $12.00