The Modern Frankenstein: DSU Edition

Frankenstein is a production that has been in the works for the DSU theater company for most of the new year. Plans started on the show early last semester and the show will come to fruition this February. This adaptation is one that is specifically centered to DSU, this version is centered on an artificial intelligent being (AI) rather than the traditional monstrosity created by a mad scientist.

The process of creating the show was influenced heavily by Emily Firman Pieper, the director and new advisor to the theater club. As she joined the DSU staff and the theater program shortly before school she aimed to create a show that was not only relevant but one that most may be familiar with. Although there is no script to the show, which may be alarming, it was determined by the creative team that this method allows the production of Frankenstein to adapt and change.

This year is also the 200th anniversary of the original novel written by Mary Shelley. There are many changes from the initial story but throughout the many renditions of the classic tale, the theme still remains, what happens when we play god? The idea behind focusing on an AI instead of the traditional monster is to give a modern swing to relate to our technology centralized campus.

The show dates are February 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 pm at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.

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