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‘Frankenstein’ comes to life on stage at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 11

‘Frankenstein’ comes to life on stage at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 11
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From a press release:

The Aquila Theatre Company will present the stage adaptation of one of the first true science fiction novels, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at kirbycenter.org, and by phone at 570-826-1100. All seats are just $10, plus applicable fees, thanks to underwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Written two centuries ago in 1818 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” is the first true science fiction novel. Years ahead of its time, the story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations. Frankenstein is a living, breathing, gruesome outcome of scientific discovery. The piece raises an important universal question about the nature of innovation – just because it can be done, should it be done?

Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results. After wandering the world alone, the monster eventually comes for Frankenstein’s family. Horrific events unfold until the doctor tentatively agrees to create a mate for the creature. Ultimately, the doctor refuses in an effort to spare humanity but bears the terrible and personal penalties of his decision.

200 years later, “Frankenstein” still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.

The Aquila Theatre’s mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number. A play becomes “classical” because we recognize that after a time it transcends the original culture it was created for. It retains the power to provoke the central question of what it means to be human. As a company dedicated to the classics, they feel a responsibility to acknowledge and explore newfound classical works. Aquila was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck.

Aquila is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, visiting 50-60 American cities per year. Aquila is currently touring “Hamlet” and “Sense & Sensibility” (2017/2018). Most recent past touring seasons include “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Murder on the Nile,” as well as “The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus” (2016/2017); “Romeo and Juliet,” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” (2015/2016); “The Tempest,” and Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” (2014/2015); “Twelfth Night” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” (2013/2014); “Taming of the Shrew” and Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” (2012/2013); “Macbeth” and Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2011/2012); “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author” (2010/2011); and “As You Like It” and Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” (2009/2010).