Andrew G. Cooper
I'm Directing my Adaptation of Frankenstein at Jupiter Theatre!
This year is off to a great start so far! This month, I've been having fun (and working hard) in the director's chair for my adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for Jupiter Theatre!
I first staged the show in 2018 (to line up with the novel's bicentennial celebration) with Chimera Theatre. In 2021, I workshoped the show with Jupiter Theatre, and I'm eager to see how the show will come together again this time around.
We're already two weeks into rehearsal—time has really been flying by—and the process so far has been extremely rewarding. The team of artists on this show are really incredible. It's been a blast.
Frankenstein presents the tragedy of an outcast creature brought into existence by the young scientist Victor Frankenstein. In this adaptation of Mary Shelley's spine-chilling Gothic classic, Victor is obsessed with discovering the secrets of science and nature, but nothing can prepare him for what he brings to life one dark night in the heart of winter. So begins a life-or-death adventure as the creature struggles to find his place in the world while battling the demons inside himself.
This theatrical performance from the critically-acclaimed Jupiter Theatre combines elements of movement, puppetry, shadows, masks, and provocative design to bring to life a unique and spectacular production in Calgary. Frankenstein will take you on a haunting and thrilling journey in the theatre that you won't soon forget.
To add to the excitement, the show is being presented as part of the Festival of Animated Objects this year! This puppet festival was one of the first events I was part of when I first moved to Calgary, and I'm so pleased to finally have a show of my own programmed in the festival. Calgary is really growing as a hotspot for puppetry in Canada.
Over the last five years (time has flown by!), I've also made quite a few changes, alterations, edits, additions, etc. to the script. I'm really proud of where the text has landed. I think it's in a really strong place, and I'm very excited for people to see it come to life on stage in the hands of all the talented people working on this production.
Tickets for the show are on sale now. The production runs March 23rd to April 2, 2023 at the West Village Theatre. If you're in town, I'd love for you to come out to the opening night on March 25th. See you at the theatre!