It’s Alive! Roxbury Latin Presents Frankenstein

On November 19 and 20, Roxbury Latin celebrates the full return to live theater as the fall’s Senior Play production of Frankenstein fills the Smith Theater stage. Based on the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley, and adapted for the stage by Nick Dear in 2011, the production tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creation, but from The Creature’s perspective. Directed by Derek Nelson, the play features Teddy Glaeser (I) as The Creature and David Sullivan (I) as Victor Frankenstein. Showtimes are Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. in RL’s Smith Theater.

View production photos, by Mike Pojman.

“You, who call Frankenstein your friend, seem to have a knowledge of my crimes and his misfortunes. But, in the detail which he gave you of them, he could not sum up the hours and months of misery which I endured, wasting in impotent passions. For whilst I destroyed his hopes, I did not satisfy my own desires. They were forever ardent and craving; still I desired love and fellowship, and I was still spurned. Was there no injustice in this? Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all humankind sinned against me? Why do you not hate Felix, who drove his friend from his door with contumely? Why do you not execrate the rustic who sought to destroy the saviour of his child? Nay, these are virtuous and immaculate beings! I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked and trampled on. Even now my blood boils at the recollection of this injustice… But it is true that I am a wretch. I have murdered the lovely and the helpless; I have estranged the innocent as they slept, and grasped to death his throat who never injured me or any other living thing. I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men, to misery; I have pursued him even to that irremediable ruin. There he lies, white and cold in death. You hate me; but your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself…”
— from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

View a 15-minute preview scene, from Roxbury Latin’s production of Frankenstein.

The Creature: Teddy Glaeser
Victor Frankenstein: David Sullivan
Gustav: Emmanuel Nwodo
Klaus: Michael Allen
DeLacey: Eli Bailit
Felix: John Austin
Elizabeth Lavenza/Gretel: Sophia Leissner
Agnes/Clarice: Beatrix Picotte
William Frankenstein: Ale Philippides
M. Frankenstein: Alejandro Denis
Ewan: Thomas Connolly
Rab: Harry Lonergan
Constable: James McCurley
Ensemble: Michael Thomas, Leo Bene, Lucas Vander Elst

Set Design: Mr. Nelson, Mr. Buckley
Costume Design and Build: Joy Adams
Make-up Design/Artist: Cass Seidl, Joy Adams
Vitruvian Man: James Ryan (and Leonardo da Vinci!)
Tech Directors: Mr. Buckley, Mr. Nelson
Lighting Design: Owen Butler, Evren Uluer
Light Board Operators: Marc Quintanar, Owen Butler, Evren Uluer
Sound Design: Tommy Reichard, Matt O’Connor
Sound Board Operator: Tommy Reichard, Matt O’Connor
Set Crew: Mr. Beam, Sunil Rosen, James McCurley, Auden Duda, Henry Van Den Bosch, Lincoln Hyatt, Flynn Hall, Liam Walsh, Luke Campanella, Anton Rabkin, Declan Bligh, Nahum Workalemahu, Danny Tobin, Robby O’Shaughnessy, Alejandro Denis
Props: Mr. Nelson, John Austin
Production Photos: Mr. Pojman
Production Highlights Video: Mr. Miller
Pre-Show/Post-Show Music: “Snowflake” and “Angel” by Kate Bush