I confess to knowing nothing about Mary Shelly before this Indy Fringe play. The real-life Mary Shelly as portrayed by five-time Indy Fringe veteran Lou Ann Holman, maybe even more intriguing and just as dark as Frankenstein. This is a departure from Lou Ann’s normal storytelling. Lou Ann IS Mary Shelly in this production.
As a young girl and by being a girl not allowed to study such manly subjects as chemistry, Mary Shelly was fascinated by the question, “Is it possible to bring something back to life?”
Good drama is hard to pull off at Indy Fringe when comedy often seems to reign. This is worth seeing. Frankenstein is still famous some two hundred years after it was first written by Mary Shelly, but so little is known about this young woman who wrote Frankenstein.
I loved the narrator, Jacob McNeil, also from the Angola area, with his deep resonant voice that added just the right touch to this play.
Who is Mary Shelly and who are her monsters?
Go see Mary and Her Monsters and find out.