Frankenstein Incarnate: The Passions of Mary Shelley

Where do monsters come from?

The life of novelist Mary Shelley overlaps and intertwines with the story that made her famous, illuminating the creator and creature within us all.

“Theatre Unbound’s Frankenstein Incarnate was given a sturdy turn by Laura Wiebers as philosopher William Godwin and Katie Guentzel’s flickering portrayal of decadent poet Lord Byron.” (Lavender)

One of the Artists of the Year: Anne Bertram. “On the adaptation end of the spectrum, Anne Bertram penned the multifaceted Frankenstein Incarnate: The Passions of Mary Shelley for Theatre Unbound.” (City Pages)

This activity was made possible in part by funds provided by the Minnesota Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.


Mary Shelley: Stacey Poirier
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Delta Rae Giordano
Claire Clairmont: Noë Tallen
William Godwin: Laura Wiebers
Fanny Imlay Godwin: Shannon Buchda
Lord Byron: Katie Guentzel
James Leigh Hunt: Alexandra Gould
Jane Williams: Valerie Rigsbee

Creative Team:

Movement Coach: Heather C. Brady
Stage Manager: Jennifer Long
Lighting Design: Julia Carlis
Sound Design: Montana Johnson
Set Design: Brian Hesser
Costume Design: Michelle Clark
Props Design: Anne Bertram
Board Operator: Sara Schmidt Boldon
Artwork: Dallas Hoover
Graphic Design: Edward Linder
Program Design: Shannon Buchda


Press Release
Who’s Related To Whom? (The Wollstonecrafts, Godwins and Clairmonts) (PDF)

October 26, 2007
7:30 pm
October 27, 2007
7:30 pm
November 2, 2007
7:30 pm
November 3, 2007
7:30 pm
November 4, 2007
2:00 pm
Free Children's Theatre Class with purchase of regular ticket, Post-show talk: "Desire in the Reasonable Society," a talk by Ted W. Lockhart, Ph.D.: Utopian thinkers of Mary Shelley's period, including her father William Godwin and husband Percy Shelley, grappled with the problem of human desire and the ability of social institutions to minimize their disruptive effects. Recognition of this problem was one of the reasons why Marx and Engels believed that the "education of desire" was an essential component of a stable society.
November 5, 2007
7:30 pm
Pay What You Can
November 6, 2007
10:30 am
Student Matinee
November 9, 2007
7:30 pm
November 10, 2007
7:30 pm
November 11, 2007
2:00 pm
Post-show talk: "Echoes of Mary Wollstonecraft in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," a talk by Professor Geri Chavis: Mary Shelley was keenly aware of the writings of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft. Wollstonecraft's work, especially A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, can illuminate our understanding of Frankenstein, especially in its depiction of Victor Frankenstein and the women characters, Safie, Elizabeth, and Justine.
November 12, 2007
10:30 am
Student Matinee
November 16, 2007
7:30 pm
November 17, 2007
7:30 pm
Audio Described

A work overflowing with ideas and understanding.

Quinton Skinner City Pages