Jun 01 2004 / Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein

Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein

By Barbara Field

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 28 – Nov. 14, 2004

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Shimberg Playhouse
Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Cast & Crew Media Season

“This is not the Frankenstein you’ve grown up with. Chief among the strengths is the acting… Michael C. McGreevy is an imposing figure who helps give the creature an air of dignity and a rage that’s been stirred by humanity but subdued by art and intellectualism. Shawn Paonessa’s Dr. Frankenstein is less controlled. He’s a different kind of Everyman; he’s forced to live, literally and figuratively, with his greatest mistake and the result to his psyche is devastating.” – St. Petersburg Times

Jobsite has made a Bay area tradition out of Halloween shows. Jobsite has opened previous seasons with critically acclaimed and sold-out engagements of Clive Barker’s The History of the Devil, Steven Dietz’ Dracula and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. In addition to that history, Jobsite feels that Frankenstein is a logical evolution of last season’s Top 10 production of Bloody Poetry.

(L-R) Shawn Paonessa and Michael C. McGreevy in Jobsite's Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein picks up where Shelley’s novel left off. In this fascinating and eloquent drama, an exhausted and dying Victor Frankenstein (Shawn Paonessa) has finally tracked down his Creature (Michael C. McGreevy) in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. What follows is a fierce debate, interrupted by key flashback scenes from the novel (featuring Ryan McCarthy as Victor, Sarah McKenna as Elizabeth, Ron Sommer as Professor Krempe and Jason Vaughan Evans as Adam), as they wrestle with the tragic consequences of this experiment gone awry. The exchange between Frankenstein and the Creature becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, and ultimately between God and humanity – culminating in the Creature’s agonizing question, “Why did you make me?”

One of the most enduring horror stories of all time, Frankenstein has held readers spellbound since its publication in 1818. Written at a time when science was in its ascendancy, the novel spoke directly to popular fears about the dangers and consequences of man’s overstepping nature’s boundaries.

The story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist obsessed with the desire to create life, and the Creature he reanimates with electricity, lays bare the frailties – both good and evil – of the human heart. Frankenstein deserts his Creature in horror, and the Creature – frightful, dangerous, abandoned and yet longing for acceptance – seems all too human in his yearning and isolation. Today the story resonates as a brilliant interpretation of the consequences of scientific inquiry and as a timeless illumination of the human soul and the monster that lurks within all of us.

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Kari Goetz – Assistant Director
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Stage Manager

Cast

  • Shawn Paonessa – Frankenstein
  • Michael C. McGreevy – Creature
  • Ryan McCarthy – Victor
  • Jason Evans – Adam
  • Sarah McKenna – Elizabeth
  • Ron Sommer – Prof. Krempe

Crew

  • Tim Brummett – Body Parts Specialist
  • Dickie Corley – Light Designer / Technical Director
  • Chris Holcom – Make-Up Specialist
  • John Lott – Set Designer
  • Kevin Spooner – Composer / Sound Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
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Dickie Corley

Beauty Queen, Boys Next Door, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dracula, Machinal, Maxwell, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Playing With Fire, subUrbia, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn

Jason Evans

Jason Vaughan Evans

Acropolis, America abridged, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Bible abridged, Books abridged, Chapel Perilous, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hipster McBigballs, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, Woman in Mind

Jaime Giangrande

Jaime Giangrande-Holcom

boom, Chapel Perilous, Crimes of the Heart, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Gorey Stories, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Lieutenant of Inishmore, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, Serpent, The 39 Steps, The Odd Couple, We Won't Pay, Woman in Mind

Kari Goetz

Kari Goetz

Artistic Associates, Bloody Poetry, boom, Crimes of the Heart, Dog Sees God, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Girl's Guide, Grimm's Faery Tales, Lieutenant of Inishmore, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Night of the Living Dead, Phyro-Giants!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Reasons to be Pretty, Ros and Guil, Woman in Mind

Chris Holcom

Chris Holcom

Acropolis, All New People, Artistic Associates, Bloody Poetry, boom, Boys Next Door, Delusion of Darkness, Dracula, Dream Play, Embedded, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mineola Twins, Murder Ballads, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, SDRnR, Serpent, subUrbia, The Odd Couple, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay

David Jenkins

David M. Jenkins

America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Beauty Queen, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, boom, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Quills, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

John Lott

John Lott

American Buffalo, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Nature of Fear, Phyro-Giants!, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Serpent, This is How it Goes, Topdog Underdog, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, Woman in Mind

Ryan McCarthy

Ryan McCarthy

American Buffalo, Dracula, Hurlyburly, Phyro-Giants!, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, SDRnR, subUrbia, This is How it Goes

Michael McGreevy

Michael C. McGreevy

Artistic Associates, Boys Next Door, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Hay Fever, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Machinal, Maxwell, Much Ado About Nothing, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Ros and Guil, Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw

Shawn Paonessa

Shawn Paonessa

Acropolis, All New People, America abridged, Artistic Associates, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Embedded, Girl's Guide, Grimm's Faery Tales, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Playing With Fire, Rabbit Hole, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, Taming of the Shrew, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Waiting on Sean Flynn, Woman in Mind

Katrina Stevenson

Katrina Stevenson

Acropolis, America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Bible abridged, Blackbird, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, Boston Marriage, Chapel Perilous, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Crimes of the Heart, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Playing With Fire, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Media

Gallery

Jason Evans and Sarah McKenna in Jobsite's Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

(L-R) Ryan McCarthy, Shawn Paonessa, Jason Evans and Michael C. McGreevy in Jobsite's Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

(L-R) Shawn Paonessa, Ryan McCarthy, Sarah McKenna and Michael C. McGreevy in Jobsite's Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

(L-R) Shawn Paonessa and Michael C. McGreevy in Jobsite's Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

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