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Frankenstein Revived by Morris Panych continues in October at The Stratford Festival 


TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2023 – From Morris Panych, co-creator of the landmark movement piece The Overcoat, and internationally acclaimed composer David Coulter, the thrilling new work Frankenstein Revived begins performances at the Stratford Festival’s Avon Theatre. Panych will direct the production on the Avon stage, with Movement Choreographer Wendy Gorling and Dance Choreographer Stephen Cota.

Frankenstein Revived tells the story of the storyteller herself, 18 year old Mary Shelley as she writes the most celebrated work of horror in English literature, exploring the big question at the heart of her work, “what does it mean to be human?” This exuberant and passion-filled theatrical movement-based piece brings thrill and terror to the stage through a powerful fusion of theatre and dance, without any text whatsoever.

From left: Laura Condlln as Mary Shelley, Marcus Nance as The Creature and Charlie Gallant as Doctor Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford Festival 2023. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann

Gorling co-created The Overcoat with Panych and created the choreography for the 2008 Stratford production of Moby Dick, as well as for Trojan Women that same season. Cota returns to Stratford for his 15th season. He most recently served as choreographer for 2021’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, assistant choreographer and assistant director for Little Shop of Horrors and associate choreographer for The Music Man and Billy Elliot the Musical.

For this world première adaptation, Panych, Coulter, Gorling and Cota are joined by Set Designer Ken MacDonald, Costume Designer Dana Osborne, Lighting Designer Kimberly Purtell, Sound Designer Jake Rodriguez and Supervising Fight Director Geoff Scovell.

“What attracts me to the story—aside from its pure theatricality, is its capacity to reclaim for its audience a sense of power and of self. What is a person, and what is that person made up of? We are all parts of each other, after all—bits and pieces,” says Panych. “We try to tell the story in our own way, to communicate without words, not only because actions can speak louder but also because they expand outward the dimension of storytelling. We want the body to express what it means to come alive. To exist, and to exist together.”

Laura Condlln as Mary Shelley in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford Festival 2023. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann

Frankenstein Revived features Charlie Gallant as Doctor Victor Frankenstein, Laura Condlln as Mary Shelley and Marcus Nance as The Creature with Eric AbelSean ArbuckleCarla BennettDevon Michael BrownAmanda De FreitasJosh DoigMateo G. TorresEddie GlenMcKinley KnuckleBethany KovarikAaron KrohnGracie MackAyrin Mackie,Anthony MacPhersonHeather McGuiganGarrett McKeeSpencer Nicholas McLeodKyla MusselmanTrevor Patt and Jason Sermonia

This production is dedicated to the memory of designer Patrick Clark, whose exquisite work was seen in almost 30 Stratford productions over 40 years and whose creative influence has enriched theatres across the country.

This production is also dedicated to the memory of director, playwright, actor and producer Daniel Brooks, whose fearless, boundary-pushing legacy will have an impact on Canadian theatre for generations to come.

Marcus Nance as The Creature in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford Festival 2023. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann

Frankenstein Revived has its official opening on August 24 and runs until October 28 in the Avon Theatre. Tickets are available at stratfordfestival.ca or by calling 1.800.567.1600.

The 2023 season also features King Lear, Rent, Much Ado About Nothing, Les Belles-Soeurs, Monty Python’s Spamalot, A Wrinkle in Time, Grand Magic, Richard II, Wedding Band, Casey and Diana, Women of the Fur Trade and Love’s Labour’s Lost. For more information, visit stratfordfestival.ca.

Production support is generously provided by The Fabio Mascarin Foundation, by Jody & Deborah Hamade and by Martie & Bob Sachs.

Support for the creation of Frankenstein Revived is generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.

Proud Season Partners: BMO Financial Group and RBC.


By Morris Panych

Music by David Coulter

Based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

World Première Adaptation

FRANKENSTEIN REVIVED CAST (in alphabetical order)

Eric Abel                                 Element, Student, Grave Digger, Townsperson, Servant

Sean Arbuckle                         Professor 1, D’Lacy, Captain

Carla Bennett                          Element, Gossip, Townsperson, Bird, Guest, Passenger

Devon Michael Brown           Element, Henry Clerval

Laura Condlln                         Mary Shelley

Amanda De Freitas                 Element, Gossip, Townsperson, Agatha, Guest

Josh Doig                                Swing

Mateo G. Torres                      Element, Sailor, Student, Townsperson, Felix

Charlie Gallant                        Doctor Victor Frankenstein

Eddie Glen                              Element, Father, Professor 2, Townsperson

McKinley Knuckle                 Element, Student, Grave Digger, Townsperson, Guest

Bethany Kovarik                     Swing

Aaron Krohn                           Understudy

Gracie Mack                           Element, Mother on Train, Townsperson, Bird, Guest

Ayrin Mackie                          Element, Landlady, Townsperson, Bird 

Anthony MacPherson             Element, Sailor, Merchant, Professor 3, Grave Digger, Townsperson, Guest

Heather McGuigan                 Element, Nanny, Townsperson, Guest

Garrett McKee                        William

Spencer Nicholas McLeod     Helper

Kyla Musselman                     Element, Elizabeth, Townsperson

Marcus Nance                         The Creature

Trevor Patt                              Element, Student, Townsperson, Guest, Police Officer, Pallbearer

Jason Sermonia                       Element, Sailor, Student, Townsperson, Guest, Soldier, Pallbearer

lead photo Marcus Nance as The Creature with members of the company in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford Festival 2023. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann.

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