|Charles Stanton Ogle, Frankenstein, Edison Studios, 1910|
|Nick Vannoy, Frankenstein ,2011|
This afternoon, I will sit with a new company of actors. Some are old friends, and some are people I've watched and admired for quite a while. Some are strangers to me. We are going to review the routine tasks of scheduling and policy that go with keeping any herd of artists organized, and then we will open our scripts, pick up our pencils, and set about reading together for the first time. The script has had several productions around the country, and I was present for Nick Vannoy's moving performance as The Creature in the world premier at the Kentucky Conservatory Theatre's SummerFest in 2011. His work is sure to haunt me. He isn't the only ghost who will pursue me as I try to create my own interpretation of the role of the Big Fellow.
|Colin Clive and Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, 1931|
|Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle, Young Frankenstein, 1974|
The novel isn't a page turner like Bram Stoker's action packed Dracula. It is more of a psychological portrait, told mostly in the voice of Victor Frankenstein, the ambitious scientist whose grief over his lost mother led him to seek the secret of life and reanimation. It is also a moral examination of a man who, like Prometheus, seeks to serve humankind by bringing down fire from heaven, only to find his hubris punished by the gods with an eternity of bondage and agony.
|Kenneth Branagh and Robert De Niro, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 1994|
|Bela Lugosi, Karloff, and Basil Rathbone, Son of Frankenstein, 1939|
|Elsa Lanchester, Boris Karloff, Bride of Frankenstein, 1935|