Heartwood Theater presents original adaptation of ‘Frankenstein’
For one night only, Tuesday, Oct. 3, Heartwood Theater will present Hampstead Stage Company’s touring production of “Frankenstein” in the Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy. The show is recommended for adults and students 13 years and older.
Hampstead’s original adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” explores Victor Frankenstein’s maddening journey of creation and failure, with three actors playing multiple characters. Dr. Frankenstein, delirious from chasing his creation across the world, recounts his tragic past, as a warning to all of humanity.
This dark tale comes to life with a spark, revealing the truth behind this creation and the irreversible horrors that unfold. The performance is “alive” and certain to leave the audience with chills, pondering the question: “Who really is the monster?”
This one-night touring presentation is an unusual choice for Heartwood, resulting from a growing web of exciting theater connections between Heartwood and a host of young theater professionals across the states. This particular connection forms a triangle with three key players: Heartwood’s AD Griff Braley, Actor/Hampstead Stage AD Jay Pastucha and Actor/Author of this adaptation of “Frankenstein” Vincent Hannam.
Pastucha and Hannam attended University of University of Central Florida together, which boasts a very strong theater program. Braley first encountered Pastucha in 2015, when he played the comical role of Ragueneau, the poetry loving pastry chef, in Heartwood’s production of “Cyrano de Bergerac.”
Hannam first acted on the Heartwood stage in the spring of 2016 in the lead role of George Gibbs, in “Our Town,” described by local reviewers as “… utterly charming and heartbreaking in his understated grief.”
The summer of 2016 found these three personalities working together on the same project, as both Pastucha and Hannam acted under Braley’s direction in “The Tempest.”
Braley attended Hampstead’s Premiere of “Frankenstein” last fall and has maintained close contact with Pastucha and Hannam, as they've rewritten and re-staged the production, for a fall tour. He notes, “I’m very excited to promote the work of these two hardworking, passionate theater makers. It’s rapidly becoming an unexpected aspect of our mission at Heartwood, to support up and coming artists.”
Hannam, fond of the Midcoast community says, “I’ve loved being a part of Heartwood and getting to know the awesome community over the past couple of years. I’m happy to share ‘Frankenstein’ with them now. I hope audiences can see this story in a new way - it’s the people in our lives that make us who we are, for better or for worse. Obviously, we hope for the best, but it’s not something to take for granted.”
For more info on Hampstead, or their touring production, visit www.hampsteadstage.org.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $5/students and $10/adults. Call 207-563-1373 or email email@example.com for reservations. The Poe Theater is located at 81 Academy Hill Road in Newcastle.