Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein

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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

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Winner!

  • Weekly Planet Best of the Bay – Best Hilarious Theater Production
  • Weekly Planet 2005 Top Ten Production

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.

“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

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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.)

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Kari Goetz – Assistant Director

Cast

  • Shawn Paonessa – Frankenstein
  • Michael C. McGreevy – Creature
  • Ryan McCarthy – Victor
  • Jason Evans – Adam
  • Sarah McKenna – Elizabeth
  • Ron Sommer – Prof. Krempe
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Stage Manager

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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