Lit Lives And This Season It's Bloody Violent!
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"The classic horror stories that I love are the ones that are about the monster inside each of us: Jekyll and Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Frankenstein are all of them about the normal person who has a monstrous doppelganger. In contrast with, say, Dracula, in which the monster is the Exotic Other--very much not one of us.
Most versions of Frankenstein pick one approach or the other: the Creature is either a brutal monster, or he's a misunderstood innocent who only wants to be loved. What I like most of all about Bo List's version is that he is both. We identify and understand when he is rejected and left unloved. Our identification and understanding are still there when he kills, so the play implicates the audience.
I don't want to downplay the violence at all. It's supposed to be shocking. We have a working gallows onstage. We spent a week at the top of rehearsals choreographing the violence before we did any other blocking, so the violence becomes the centerpiece of the staging. There are one-act plays that are shorter than our nightly fight call.
The play is about transformation, about becoming your opposite. Victor Frankenstein wants to save lives, and ends up responsible for death upon death. Speaking of The Picture of Dorian Gray, in it Oscar Wilde says that all men kill the thing they love. This is a horrible thought and I hope it isn't true. But this play is about the fact that it is certainly possible to do so."