Playing with Fire (after Frankenstein) – Iowa State University Theatre Production

by Barbara Field, adapted from Mary Shelley

clawed hand in front of a lightning strike


As the play begins, an exhausted and dying Victor Frankenstein has finally tracked down his Creature in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. Determined to right the wrong he has committed by, at last, destroying the malignant evil he believes he has created, Frankenstein finds that he must first deal with his own responsibility and guilt — for, as their fascinating confrontation develops, it is evident that the Creature has become a pathetic, lonely and even sensitive being who wants only to find love and that he, Frankenstein, by intruding into the very secrets of life, is truly the evil one. As the two debate, scenes from the past flash by: Frankenstein’s young bride, whom the Monster killed out of pique when the scientist failed to provide him with a mate of his own; the brilliant, quick-witted Professor Krempe, Frankenstein’s university mentor; and moments between the youthful Victor and his brother, who also fell victim to the Creature’s vengeance. Ultimately the exchange between Frankenstein and the Creature becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil – culminating in the Creature’s agonizing question, “Why did you make me?” It is a question the exhausted Frankenstein cannot answer and, as the play ends, the Monster lives on, condemned to pass his remaining days in the awful loneliness he has so desperately sought to escape.

February 4, 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 8 p.m.; February 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

The Cast

Adam – Jason Miltenberger
Creature – Scott Short
Elizabeth – Summer Rasmussen
Frankenstein – Mark Sutch
Krempe – Chris Sutch
Victor – Scott Nath

Production Team

Assistant Director – Brooke Deines
Assistant Stage Manager – Tracy Gookin
Costume Designer – Joe Kowalski
Director – Gregg Henry
Dramaturg – Kim Miller
Lighting Designer – Peggy Sannerud
Scenic Designer – Fritz Szabo
Stage Manager – Michael Noth

Read about it in the Iowa State Daily, Des Moines Register, and Ames Tribune articles.

scott nath as victor

Scott Nath as Victor

mark sutch as frankenstein

Mark Sutch as Frankenstein

Publicity photos by Patrick Gouran.