As part of a Halloween double feature, The Country Playhouse presents Frankenstein by Victor Gialanella, for three weekends only, now through October 27, on its Cerwinske main stage. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with a Sunday matinee on October 21 at 2:00 pm, plus a weeknight show on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 pm. On double feature nights, Frankenstein is followed by Evil Dead: The Musical in its Black Box venue. Check out two teaser trailers for the show below!
Director Philip Nichols, Jr., a master special effects artist whose work has been seen regularly at The Alley Theatre (Cyrano, Ether Dome, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Crucifer of Blood) and in Main Street Theatre’s Richard III, plus hundreds of films, including Powder, Arlington Road, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, lavishes his trademark prosthetic makeup on this riveting production, combining serious horror with serious sympathy for this Creature who roams the earth without friends or family, feared by a world he can never be part of.
The cast features Louis Crespo, Michael Raabe, Jeffery Dorman, Jennifer Westbrook, Jan Potts, Amesti Reioux, Clara Marsh, Bob Galley, John Stevens, Mary Westbrook, Melissa Nichols, Taylor Biltoft, Vance Johnson, Enrique Vasquez, and Michel Brown Stevens.
The play revisits her original novel (1818). The “Creature,” a doomed Victorian literary hero, becomes literate and educated, demanding his birthright as a human being, stalking the doctor who dared to toy with the power of science. Highly oversimplified in its many film treatments over the years, the story plumbs profound moral issues and the metaphysics of life itself.
Country Playhouse is located at 12802 Queensbury, Houston 77024 (in Town & Country Village, across from City Centre), just two blocks east of the Sam Houston Tollway. For tickets, performance schedule and more information, visit www.countryplayhouse.org.