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ASNMSU Center for the Arts brings ?Frankenstein? to life

The American Southwest Theatre Company and New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts will present ?Frankenstein? by R. N. Sandberg, beginning with a preview night performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.

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Victor Frankenstein, NMSU student Nico Holguin, is confronted by his creature. The American Southwest Theatre Company and NMSU Department of Theatre Arts will present ?Frankenstein? Nov. 19-Dec. 6 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. (Courtesy photo)

This version of the classic story is set in the icy Polar Regions where scientist Victor Frankenstein has chased his creation to the final confrontation. The script is not the traditional story of the creation of the monster; instead, it takes place later after the monster has escaped his creator and is wreaking havoc wherever he goes.

?This is a highly emotional story,? said Tom Smith, NMSU professor of theater arts and director of ?Frankenstein.? ?Frankenstein feels physically and emotionally abandoned and every action he takes is solely to regain the love and attention of his father. There?s a real sense of tragedy that underlies the story.?

The set, designed by resident designer Jim Billings, is an abstract representation of the interior of a ship. The costumes, created by theater department staff member Guenevere McMahon, honor three distinct time periods: the Gothic era in which the book was written, the 1930?s and 40s when films of the story began to appear, and 2015, the year of this play?s production.

The all-student cast includes: Nico Holguin as Victor Frankenstein, Connor Schultz as the creature, with other roles performed by Joseph Rodriguez, Valentin Guereque, Mozart Pierson, Alex Wheeler, Aylin White and Melis White. Lighting design is by Matt Reynolds, with props by David Hereford.

?Frankenstein? will pay through Dec. 6. The preview night performance on Nov. 19 is free to high school students. There will be an informal discussion with the cast and crew following the show.

Tickets are $10-17 and are available at the Center for the Arts box office, open noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by calling 575-646-4515 or 575-646-1420.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Following the opening night performance on Nov. 20, there will be a reception sponsored by NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences.

This production contains adult content.