Frankenstein : Resources for the press

adapted by Kit Wilder
from the novel by Mary Shelley
directed by Kit Wilder
March 23-April 23, 2017
World Premiere

Show times: Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m. (No show on April 16.)
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[Image: Victor]

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


SAN JOSE, CA (March 3, 2017) – 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. Shelley’s classic story has influenced literature and popular culture, forming the foundation of countless novels, films, stage plays, ballets, comic books and even a recent Apple TV ad.

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.

Frankenstein runs March 23-April 23 at City Lights Theater Company. Performances are at 529 S. Second St. in San Jose, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2. For details and tickets, go to or call 408-295-4200.

City Lights’ nonprofit partner for the show is the Los Gatos Rowing Club’s “Feel the Power” Program, to whom it will donate a portion of the box-office proceeds. Through this program, the club uses rowing as way to give special needs adults and children as well as veterans the opportunity to experience the teamwork and physical challenges of the sport.

Cast: 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) and Kassia Bonesteel (Mathilde/Citizen).

Kit Wilder (Director/Playwright) is an actor, director, designer, playwright, and fight director, who graduated from Santa Clara University, and received training in London from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Kit’s acting and directing experience ranges from Shakespeare and the classics to musical theatre and contemporary drama. He has penned adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers (produced at City Lights in 2009) and Twenty Years After, Gabriel Sabatini’s Scaramouche, and several original works and short plays – including Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War, co-written with Jeffrey Bracco and produced by City Lights in 2015. Kit has directed City Lights’ acclaimed productions of Assassins, Wise Women, String of Pearls, Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches and Part 2: Perestroika, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, A Few Good Men, ShakesPod, The Who’s Tommy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Frank Langella’s Cyrano, Equus, Hamlet, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Coney Island Christmas, and Handle With Care.

Designers: Ron Gasparinetti (Scenic), Pat Tyler (Costumes), Nick Kumamoto (Lighting, Video, Projection Mapping), George Psarras (Sound Design), Maranda Whipple (Props).

Sponsors and Supporters: Technical aspects of Frankenstein are made possible by grants from the Knight Foundation and Silicon Valley Creates’ Product(dot)Relevance program. Overall support for City Lights comes from The Shubert Foundation, Silicon Valley Creates, Applied Materials Foundation, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and many other individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Later shows in City Lights’ 2016-17 season are: Gina Gionfriddo’s witty Rapture, Blister, Burn; and the Goth-rock musical Lizzie. Also coming up: City Lights’ first annual Lights Up! new works festival, April 28- 30. More information is at


WHAT: Playwright Kit Wilder brings a fresh perspective and a modern vision to Mary Shelley’s classic tale of horror and hubris, of human follies and flaws – Frankenstein.


March 23-April 23, 2017
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, 8 p.m.
Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. No performance on April 16.

City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. Second St., San Jose, CA 95112


Tickets are $19-$42, with discounts for seniors (55+), students/educators, and groups (10+). (There is a $2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases.) Tickets for closing weekend are increased by $2.

For tickets or more details, go to or call 408-295-4200. The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

For press passes or more information, contact City Lights marketing director Rebecca Wallace at or 408-295-4200. High-res photos can be downloaded at


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