Kentucky Shakespeare takes to the parlor of Locust Grove for an evening, candlelit reading of an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Shelley wrote and published the Gothic novel during William and Lucy Clark Croghan’s occupancy of Locust Grove, between 1815-18. During those years, Lucy’s older brother, George Rogers Clark, a former surveying partner of William Croghan, was also in residence — on his death bed.
This reading, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, falls in the middle of Kentucky Shakespeare’s promised bloodiest-ever production of “Titus Andronicus,” so this year’s reading may be a little creepier than usual.
The production will star Dathan Hooper as the creature and Tony Milder as Victor Frankenstein. Kyle Ware, education director and IL columnist, will direct.
Shelley began “Frankenstein” when she was 18, while on vacation visiting Lord Byron with her soon-to-be-husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. The three writers were bored, the weather was terrible because of a long volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora the year before.
So to pass the time, the three challenged each other to write a ghost story. Shelley began what she thought to be a short story about the reanimation of a corpse, but it became one the most widely read novels ever. It is also one of the earliest examples of science fiction.
Light refreshments will be served. The reading starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $15 for Locust Grove members; prepaid reservations required. The parlor only seats 60 and last year, both showing sold out. Call 897-9845 to reserve.
The Frazier History Museum’s annual “An Evening With Poe” often sells out a lot of those evenings. In fact, some of the shows are already sold out, and the production doesn’t kick off until Friday, Oct. 21 (which is, coincidentally, sold out). The museum’s live performers take to the stage to bring adaptations of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most beloved characters to life.
Every year there are some changes to the anthology. Among other stories and poems, this year’s performances include “The Raven”and “The Masque of the Red Death.” Performances will have live musical accompaniment by the Tamerlane Trio.
Insider talked with the show’s creator, Tony Dingman, last year.
Just in case you think Poe only wrote creepy stories, his life was pretty creepy, too, especially his death. Poe was found collapsed on a Baltimore sidewalk, delirious and dying, and wearing someone else’s clothes. He was found and brought to a hospital, where he died three days later, after only saying one word during his stay — “Reynolds” — which he repeated over and over.
There are many theories about his death, but this year the theory that he died from being “cooped” seems relevant. Cooping is a form of electoral fraud in which citizens were force-fed drugs and alcohol and then forced to vote for a particular candidate, over and over, often changing clothes to fool the poll workers.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night, and shows, which are two hours, begin at 7:30 p.m. There is a cash bar. Tickets are selling out fast. They’re $20, or $15 for members. The show continues through Nov. 2.