'13, The Musical' in review BY CINDY FREEMAN


This year marks the 200 anniversary of publication for Mary Shelley’s canonical, Gothic novel, Frankenstein, also known as A Modern Prometheus. In celebration of the classic’s milestone, there will be a stage production of an adaptation of the play at the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) this February.


In preparation for the show, Arts and Ideas complete two segments of a three part series as supplement to the Lewis community’s understanding of Shelley’s masterpiece. A representative from the English department, the Biology department, and the Theology department offered an analysis of the story from the perspective in their concentration of study.


Dr. Jamil Mustafa delivered a presentation titled the “Literary and Cultural Significance of Frankenstein.” According to freshman English and Theatre major Estefania Flores, “Learning about the environment that Shelley’s novel was written added to my understanding of the story. It was also interesting to learn that Frankenstein was representative of her life and family.” Dr. Jeanette Pifer and Dr. William Chura analyzed the play from a biological point of view in “The Science of Frankenstein.”


Part three of the series will feature Dr. Susan Simonaitis’ examination of God in the story titled, “Genesis, Genius, and Frankenstein,” which will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 2 PM in the PLT Studio Theatre.


To conclude the series—properly titled “Deconstructing the Nature of Frankenstein”—there will be a panel discussion opening night of the show, Thursday, Feb. 22 at 2 PM in the Studio Theatre, where “the interdisciplinary experts will discuss, debate, and examine the science, religious, and literary nature of Frankenstein,” according to the production director and host of the event, Jo Slowik.


Performances of Frankenstein at Lewis will take place the weekends of Feb. 16-18 and 22-25. For show times, additional information, and to purchase tickets, contact the PLT box office at (815) 836-5500,, or visit the window at the entrance of PLT.


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