Finding Frankenstein: In Search of Mary Shelley

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"

Who was Mary Shelley, and how did she compose a myth that would inspire the ages? 

Finding Frankenstein: In Search of Mary Shelley, a play written by Dawn Brodey and Tim Barrett for the Bakkan Museum, explores the complicated past and legacy of Mary Shelley and the questions her work has sparked for generations. Northern Stage’s Associate Director Amanda Rafuse presents a dramatic reading of this museum theater piece that delves into the life and times of Mary Shelley. 

Amanda Rafuse came to Northern Stage in 2013 as Director of Development and is now the Gurly Brown Associate Director. With 23 years as a professional artist/administrator (actor, director, teaching artist), Amanda has acted across the country and has been seen onstage at Northern Stage numerous times.  Amanda is a Professor of Theater at Colby-Sawyer College where she directed Caryl Churchill’s Love & Information and John Cariani’s Almost, Maine. Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas City – Missouri.

Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 is a Montshire conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through her work of science fiction, Shelley has sparked the imaginations of generations who question the balance of human creativity, societal responsibility, and scientific ethics. Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200 surveys the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, how popular culture evolves a modern myth, and Mary Shelley’s lasting influence on the questions: What is life? Why do we create? and What are our responsibilities as creators, scientists, and engineers?

This year's Montshire Talks are sponsored by Ledyard National Bank.