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11/9/2005

EAC’s Drama Department to present Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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By: Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—EAC’s Drama Department plans to take its version of Mary Shelley’s Frankensteinto the American College Theatre Festival this year, but not before offering a four-night run—Nov. 9-12, 2005—in the EAC Fine Arts Auditorium. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission for the play is $4 for adults and $2 for full-time students and children.

This version of Frankensteinis being directed by EAC’s Fine Arts Auditorium Director, William H. Nidiffer, and was adapted for the stage by Bob Mayberry and Cosmo Catalano.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) is one of the most popular works of gothic horror and science fiction literature and also ranks among the best known novels of English Romanticism. Although most people are in some way familiar with the plot, many do not know that it is based on an almost 200-year-old novel written by a woman.

The story of Frankenstein’s monster has inspired over 50 films. James Whale’s version from 1931, starring Boris Karloff, is considered a classic, and became the major source for a number of other adaptations. Mel Brooks’ parody

Young Frankenstein (1974), starring Gene Wilder in the role of the famous doctor. Kenneth’s Branagh’s film Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), was faithful to the book. The director himself was Dr. Frankenstein and Robert DeNiro played the monster under a heavy mask.

The legend of Frankenstein is not foreign to anyone: an aspiring scientist attempts to discover the secret of life by giving life to an inanimate being, only to be confronted with the harsh but undeniable reality that nature is best left alone.

For more information about Frankenstein, contact Nidiffer at 428-8466.

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