FRANKENSTEIN! IT’S ALIVE! A Staged Presentation

Raconteur Live Radio Play
Monday, October 15, 2018, 7:00 pm

Enjoy the 200th Anniversary of the classic Gothic novel, Frankenstein, with a live theatrical adaptation by Raconteur Radio. Two centuries ago, a teenage genius created a monster that still walks among us. Few creatures have seized readers’ imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished “wretch” of Mary Shelley’s Modern Prometheus. The story of Victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled readers, listeners, and viewers for generations. Considering the novel’s enduring success, it’s remarkable it began as a mere whim of Lord Byron, who, along with Mary and her then lover, Percy Shelley, was summering on the shores of Lake Geneva, “We will each write a ghost story,” Byron announced to his friends, when continued rains kept them indoors. At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on a ‘ghost story’ that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history.
WITH: Period costumes! Theatrical lighting! Vintage commercials! Golden Age radio equipment! Fog effects! And, of course, extensive sound effects!
RUN TIME: 55 minutes.
RACONTEUR RADIO: stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature/film, and pop culture parodies for live audiences at traditional and improvised venues throughout the Tri-State area. They’ve been called “family friendly guerrilla theater” by the New York Times, one of “the 7 best things to do in NJ” by the Newark Star-Ledger, “innovative and entertaining,” by the Home News Tribune, and “a radio show on steroids,” by the Courier News. As well as “epic!” by Lev Grossman (of Time Magazine), “amazing!” by Kyle Hartzell (of NPR), “dazzling!” by Megan Ryan (of wNYC), “spellbinding!” by Tom Lynch (of Theatre World), “awesome!” by Stephen Segal (of Weird Magazine & Geek Wisdom), “thrilling!” by Barry Monush (of The Museum of Television & Radio), and “outstanding!” by Lee Pfeiffer (of Cinema Retro Magazine). For more info, visit
WAIT, WHAT IS THIS? A radio play or audio narrative, what some call an “ear movie,” is a story told through dialogue, sound effects, and music. We add costumes, colored spots, a fatboy Elvis mic, and, sometimes, a fog machine and/or a strobe light, then perform it for live audiences at a range of traditional and improvised venues throughout the Tri-State area.