Millers present 'Frankenstein Lives!' Friday at Swanson Center
The Rose of Athens Theatre will present a one-night-only performance of its touring show “Frankenstein Lives!” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Swanson Center Blackbox Theater at Piedmont College in Demorest.
Written by Virginia playwright Douglas Jones, “Frankenstein Lives!” was first produced for Virginia Public Television. The production by the Rose of Athens Theatre is directed by Lisa Cesnik Ferguson and features recent Piedmont graduates Jeremy Miller and Danielle Bailey Miller.
The two-person show examines the life of Mary Shelley, who at the age of 18 wrote a story so compelling that it has never been out of print since it was first published in 1818. Surrounded by exciting breakthroughs in electricity, chemistry, magnetism and other scientific fields, Shelley imagined a creature pieced together from dead bodies and then brought to life, only to be shunned by its creator. “Frankenstein Lives!” chronicles Shelley’s life leading up to the book that made her famous; the literary world that surrounded her; the contest proposed by Lord Byron that inspired her to write Frankenstein; and the startling resonances between her own life and her literary creation.
In this story within a story, Piedmont theatre alum Jeremy Miller portrays Shelley’s husband, the obsessed poet Percy Shelley, and the equally obsessed Victor Frankenstein; while Danielle Bailey Miller, also a Piedmont alum, portrays the young tormented Mary Shelley and the equally tormented Creature. The result is a new take on a story you only thought you knew.