Adapted by Nick Dear from the novel by Mary Shelley

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 18 – Nov. 12, 2023

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Is it even Halloween if Jobsite doesn’t have something spooktacular on stage? Recent years have seen us run down a list of horror literary masterpieces and literary-adjacent works in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. HydeDraculaMisery, and Edgar & Emily – and we can’t wait to give Frankenstein our own special spark of life.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature (Paul J. Potenza) is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker (Giles Davies). Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, neglect, cognitive development, and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic of both the sci-fi and gothic genres. Nick Dear’s electrifying adaptation emphasizes intense human emotion and the complexities of human relationships over shock and gore, however audiences should still be advised that aspects of the story remain unsettling over 200 years after publication.

Frankenstein, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, premiered at London’s National Theatre in 2011 starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. Potenza and Davies were last seen together in Dracula.

There are no lulls in famed screenwriter William Goldman’s 90-minute stage adaptation of the Stephen King story, which Goldman himself translated into the 1990 film … [it moves] faster than snow piling up in a Colorado blizzard.

Summer Bohnenkamp and David M. Jenkins in Jobsite's Misery. (Photo: Stage Photography of Tampa)
Summer Bohnenkamp and David M. Jenkins in Jobsite's Misery. (Photo: Stage Photography of Tampa)

About the Writers

William Goldman (Playwright, 1931 – 2018) was one of the most influential and successful writers of his generation. Film credits include MasqueradeHarperButch Cassidy and the Sundance KidThe Stepford Wives, All the President’s Men, The Princess Bride (based on his novel of the same name), Last Action Hero, The General’s Daughter, Marathon Man (based on his novel of the same name) and many, many others. He co-wrote two plays with brother James Goldman: Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole and A Family Affair. As a novelist, Goldman has penned several American classics including but not limited to Soldier in the Rain (1960), Father’s Day (1971), Magic (1976), The Color of Light (1984) and The Silent Gondoliers (1984). He has also written many articles for acclaimed publications on the topic of screenwriting and several non-fiction books, including The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway (1969) and Adventures in the Screentrade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting (1983). Awards include Academy Award, Writers Guild Award and British Academy Award, for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969; Academy Award and Writers Guild Award, for All the President’s Men, 1976. Education: Oberlin College, Ohio, B.A. 1952; Columbia University, New York, M.A. 1956.


Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director


  • Giles Davies
  • Paul J. Potenza

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