"An exquisitely stylized, self-contained reality that seems to belong both to the early 19th century, when Shelley's novel was written, and to the dark corridors of its author's imagination."

The New York Times

Manual Cinema
A Cal Performances Co-commission

Back by popular demand following its mesmerizing production of Ada/Ava in 2018, Chicago's one-of-a-kind collective of musicians, composers, theater artists, and filmmakers captivates with its handmade and marvelously imaginative creations. Frankenstein, co-commissioned by Cal Performances, weaves together the plot of Mary Shelley's gothic tale with themes of desire, birth, and loss from the author's own biography—asking us to consider our responsibility to, and for, our modern-day creations. The company's performers manipulate hundreds of paper puppets to create a silent animated film in real time, featuring live actors and an immersive score performed onstage by four musicians. "Ingenious...no matter where you look, you'll find beauty and intrigue" (Chicago Sun-Times).

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Donor Benefits

Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.

Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.