Date(s) - 02/09/2017
Lit Live is pleased to announce its newest project: And Lightning Struck: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Creation,” the world premiere of an original play commissioned by local playwright Robert Weibezahl, directed by Austin Robert Miller. The atmospheric historical drama delves into the life of Mary Shelley, the writer of Frankenstein.
Mary Shelley was a literary genius who was only nineteen years old when she first “gave birth” to her classic story and the creature at the heart of it. Along with her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their friends, including Lord Byron, Mary was part of group of freethinkers who lived life by their own rules, often provoking scandal. But tragedy dogged Mary Shelley’s life—her mother died when she was born, all but one of her children died as children, and by age 25 she was already a widow.
And Lightning Struck re-imagines this incredible true story as the older Mary looks back on her life and is visited by the ghosts of memory—including the fictional creature she gave to the world—as she tries to puzzle out the source of her own genius.