World-premiere adaptation by Kit Wilder from the novel by Mary Shelley
Directed by Kit Wilder
March 23-April 23, 2017. No performance April 16
Run time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission
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Victor Frankenstein (Max Tachis, left) discusses options for facing the weight of his creation, with childhood friend Elizabeth Lavenza (Roneet Aliza Rahamim) in “Frankenstein.” Photo by Taylor Sanders

Why you should see Frankenstein

Because when we give the City Lights treatment to a classic — with the latest in projection-mapping technology — you’ll experience the story in a whole new way.
Because you were moved and transported by 2014’s Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War, and you can’t wait to see Truce co-author Kit Wilder’s new script on stage.
Because you’ll get to see real-life Handle With Care couple Max Tachis and Roneet Aliza Rahamim paired up again. You probably won’t laugh as much, but you’ll be super-impressed by their dramatic chops.
Because it’s alive. Live theater, that is.
Because horror and hubris, and the follies and flaws of humanity, are (unfortunately) always timely.



“You are young, and eager, but let me caution you! You want to make your mark, surely, but you cannot yet see the dangers that lie ahead. Know thyself, young man – know the world in which you live – lest you unleash the unimaginable!”
-Prof. Waldman in Frankenstein

For 200 years, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus – Mary Shelley’s tale of horror and hubris, of the follies and flaws of humanity — has gripped the imagination of readers around the world. Now, City Lights revisits Frankenstein with a fresh perspective and the use of modern multimedia technology, including projection mapping. This commissioned work, the second in City Lights history, is written and directed by Kit Wilder who was director and co-writer of the company’s first original piece, Truce: A Christmas Wish From the Great War in 2014.

Wilder explores the hubris that brought the young scientist Victor Frankenstein to play God and create a sapient creature. When he rejects his work, Frankenstein throws his entire world into a downward spiral of violence and recriminations as the cautionary tale explores the very nature of the human existence.



Victor Frankenstein (Max Tachis) must decide the fate of many whom he holds dear in “Frankenstein.” Photo by Taylor Sanders


What people are saying about our production

“The perfect marriage of art and technology for an empathy-deprived world.”  –Stark Insider
“Intriguingly different … Everything from the fantastic lighting and overwhelming music to the movielike pace of the narrative is sewn together in a creepy, thought-provoking package.”  –Metro
“A tense atmosphere of suspense.”  –Mercury News


Nick Mandracchia (The Creature)
Max Tachis (Victor Frankenstein)
Roneet Aliza Rahamim (Elizabeth)
Jeremy Ryan (Henry Clerval)
Steve Lambert (Alphonese)
Ross Arden Harkness (Professor Waldman/Old Man)
Nicholas Papp (William/A Boy)
Caitlin Papp (Agatha)
Alexander A. Draa (Felix/A Man)
Kassia Bonesteel (Mathilde/Citizen)



Alphonse Frankenstein (Steve Lambert) fears more than his own conscience in “Frankenstein.” Photo by Taylor Sanders.


More information and special events

Frankenstein runs March 23-April 23, 2017.
Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. (No show on April 16)
Be sure to budget time for the reception on stage after every performance!
Tickets: $19-$42. Discounts for seniors (55+), students, educators and groups of 10+. ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.) Your ticket price includes a $2 facility fee to help cover maintenance and upgrade costs on our aging building. Thank you for your support!

Parking and seating: 
Parking is provided for $5 on most dates across the street at Notre Dame High School (call for availability for your performance). View an interactive parking map of downtown San Jose for more options. Seating is general admission, and the theater is wheelchair-accessible.

Special events:
Pay What You Can Night: Thursday, March 23, 8 p.m. $19
Preview Night: Friday, March 24, 8 p.m.
Opening Night (with a post-show party catered by San Jose’s. Cafe Stritch) Saturday, March 25, 8p.m.
Sunday, April 2: A talkback with the director and cast following the 2 p.m. matinee. Join us in welcoming friends from the Los Gatos Rowing Club to this matinee! We’ll donate 25% of the proceeds from regular-priced single tickets on this date to the organization, which is our nonprofit partner for Frankenstein. We’re proud to support the club in its scholarships and other charitable work.


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