For the past few weeks, I’ve been in rehearsals full-time for Manual Cinema’s FRANKENSTEIN at Court Theatre. The show combines shadow puppetry, live camera work, crankie, and tabletop. Using these different styles of puppetry, the production in turn interweaves Mary Shelley’s personal narrative with FRANKENSTEIN’s multiple frames of perspective: Captain Walton, Victor Frankenstein, and finally, the Creature.
This is by far Manual Cinema’s most ambitious production yet, in terms of length and the intermixing of technology and puppetry styles. This is also my first Manual Cinema production where I will be both puppeteering and doing live-action work. I feel very lucky to be part of this project. Having worked many backstage jobs at Court Theatre, it also feels very surreal to be on the other side of things.
November 1 – December 2
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave
UPDATE (10/25/18): Check out our feature in the New York Times!