Young Directors Project
Claude Schmitz Mary Mother of Frankenstein
Please note: the performances start at 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.!
In English and French with German surtitles
- 20 August 2010, 19:00
- 21 August 2010, 19:00
- 22 August 2010, 19:00
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Claude Schmitz, Stage Director
Marie-France Collard, Claude Schmitz, Concept and Text
Simon Siegmann, Set Design and Lighting
Lies Maréchal, Greta Goiris, Costume Design
Jean-Pierre Urbano, Music and Sound
Arié van Egmond, Video
Fred Op De Beeck, Technical Director
Joseph Chance, Fabien Dehasseler, Hedydd Dylan, Yves-Noël Genod, Ciara
Corscadden-Hennessy, Francine Landrain, Boris Lehman, Arié Mandelbaum,
Séamus Maynard, Vincent Minne, Rebecca Smith-Williams, Arieh Worthalter
A young woman caught in her own nightmare: Mary Shelley, surrounded by the ghosts and visions she conjured up herself.
The dizzying progress of biotechnology, the possibility of cloning, and the decoding of DNA, the potential combination of organic and inorganic matter, they are all scientific variations of an old dream of humanity. At the beginning of the 19th century, Mary Shelley gave this dream a legendary shape: Frankenstein. The nameless monster born of the omnipotence of science, is rejected by Victor Frankenstein who brought it into life. Therefore, it murders the family and friends of its creator – out of disappointment and emotional neglect.
The novel, thought out during a stormy night on the shore of Lake Geneva, is both the unconscious echo and a kind of premonition of Mary’s own life. Within a few years, three of her children will have died; her sister commits suicide; her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, drowns in the Gulf of La Spezia. And not least of all, she has witnessed the high-flying ideals and the failure of the extraordinary persons around her – Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, Claire Clairmont – who tried to live their lives outside of normality.
This production is the second part of the planned tetralogy Fare Thee Well Tovaritch Homo Sapiens – Artistic Director: Jacques Delculvellerie.
Coproduction with Groupov, the KunstenFestivaldesArts, theThéâtre National de la Communauté française, Bruxelles, and the Théâtre de la Place, Liège
Supported by ParaDies, the Service général des arts de la Scène de la Communauté française, the Ministère de la Région Wallone and the Province of Liège