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Oct. 13-23: 'Frankenstein'

New twist on the classic spooky play features an all-female cast of actors.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 10-6-2016

In the photo, Gorgo (Martha Juliana Cubillos, left) and Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Alyssa Johnson) react to their Creature's awakening.

MANKATO – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Theatre & Dance is ushering in Halloween with a new twist on the classic spooky play “Frankenstein,” by Fred Carmichael.

Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, Minnesota State Mankato’s version is just as creepy, but with a feminist twist. The cast is made up entirely of female actors, explained eloquently by Director Heather Hamilton:

“(Mary Shelley’s) mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died after giving birth to her. Shelley herself lost four out of her five babies, both late in her pregnancy and in their infancy or early childhood. It therefore seemed significant to me that she wrote a book about bringing the dead to life. And it can be no coincidence that, after losing both her mother and her first baby to complications with pregnancy and childbirth, she wrote a story in which her protagonist can create a child without the process of birth, circumventing the biological event that proved so difficult for her and for her mother. With this end in mind, I wanted to tell the story using only women.”

“Frankenstein” runs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15 & 19-22; and 2 p.m. Oct. 16, 22-23 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tickets are $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or for more information.

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