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Playing With Fire

(After Frankenstein)

By Barbara Field
Based on the novel by Mary Shelley
Directed by Peter Marston Sullivan

March 6 – April 12, 2009

presented at The Heartland Studio

An exhausted and dying Victor Frankenstein has finally tracked down his Creature in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. Determined to right the wrong he has committed by, at last, destroying the malignant evil he believes he has created, Frankenstein finds that he must first deal with his own responsibility and guilt-for, as their fascinating confrontation develops, it is evident that the Creature has become a pathetic, lonely and even sensitive being who wants only to find love and that he, Frankenstein, by intruding into the very secrets of life, is truly the evil one.

Ultimately the exchange between Frankenstein and the Creature becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil-culminating in the Creature's agonizing question, "Why did you make me?" It is a question the exhausted Frankenstein cannot answer and, as the play ends, the Monster lives on, condemned to pass his remaining days in the awful loneliness he has so desperately sought to escape.

CastCrew
  • Creature: Kevin Cox
  • Adam: Adam Kander
  • Elizabeth: Laura Rook
  • Victor: Clayton Stamper
  • Krempe: Jeremy Young
  • Frankenstein: Buck Zachary
  • Scenic Designer: Stephen M. Genovese
  • Lighting Designer: Katy Peterson
  • Sound Designer: Lewis Miller
  • Costume Designer: Michelle Julazadeh
  • Stage Manager: Barry P. Branford
  • Producer: Thomas J. Samorian

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Rave reviews for Playing With Fire:

"On every level is succeeds with riveting story telling and enthralling ambiance." (Highly Recommended)
Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

"Sullivan's superb ensemble stirs wonder and dread through the power of language." (Highly Recommended)
Albert Williams, The Chicago Reader

"Kevin Cox and Adam Kander shine as The Creature's present and past." (Highly Recommended)
Lisa Buscani, New City Chicago

"Sullivan's fine cast make it all click." (Highly Recommended)
Web Behrens, Chicago Free Press