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Manual Cinema (USA)


LuEsther Hall

Thursday, January 3 - Saturday, January 12

Running Time: 97 minutes, no intermission

Members and Partners: $25
Full: $30 + fees 

This performance contains the use of haze.

There will be no late seating. 

Photo by: Maren Celest 

Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence.

Internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of FRANKENSTEIN with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.


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The World Premiere Production of FRANKENSTEIN was presented by Court Theatre. 

Support for the development of FRANKENSTEIN provided by the Jim Henson Foundation.

Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity FoundationVirginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust. Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

By Manual Cinema

Adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley

Concept by Drew Dir

Devised by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, and Julia VanArsdale Miller

Original music composed by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman  


Storyboarder: Drew Dir

Puppet Designer: Drew Dir and Lizi Breit

Video and Set Designer: Davonte Johnson

Costume Designer: Mieka van der Ploeg

Lighting Designer: Claire Chrzan

Sound Designer: Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter

Sound Engineer: Mike Usrey

Stage Manager: Shelby Glasgow 

Video Mixing and Live Sound Effects: Shelby Glasgow (Jan. 3-7) and Kyle Vegter (Jan. 10-12)


Puppeteers: Sarah Fornace (Victor Frankenstein, Mary Shelley) Julia VanArsdale Miller (The Creature, Elizabeth Frankenstein) Leah Casey (Caroline Frankenstein, Percy Shelley, Vocals) Sara Sawicki (Alphonse Frankenstein, Lord Byron) Myra Su (Ensemble) Lizi Breit (Ensemble Understudy Jan. 5&6)


Musicians: Zachary Good (clarinets and aux percussion), Deidre Huckabay (flutes, aux percussion, piano), Lia Kohl (cello, aux percussion, vocals), Peter Ferry (percussion)