By PAM HARBAUGH
Oh yeah. I know where I’m going to be Tuesday night — Cinema World in West Melbourne to watch Fathom Events’ broadcast of National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein,” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller.
This is all part of Florida Tech’s FRANKENSTEIN200, a four-day project commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s writing of the classic 1818 novel, Frankenstein. It includes writing workshops, film, panels discussion and, of course, this wonderful National Theatre Live broadcast of the acclaimed stage version of the horror story.
All I needed was to watch this trailer to convince me that I need to pay attention to these events:
Here’s the list of events:
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcast of “Frankenstein” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Mr. Boyle was once known for his stage directing and then became more famous for his films, such as “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” Tickets are $12.50 and available at CinemaWorld, click here to purchase.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., “An Experiment in Fiction: Technology, Atmosphere and Biography in Crafting Novels and Short Stories,” a two-hour writing workshop led by Andy Stanfield, associate professor in Florida Tech’s School of Arts and Communication. The workshop will focus on pre-writing, the writer’s own biography and more. RSVP required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Evans Library, Room P133: Free presentation of a comic film adaptation of the Frankenstein story.
Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., Evans Library, first floor: An interdisciplinary panel discussion with Ocean Engineering and Sciences professor Steven Lazarus who will examine the climate change connections in Frankenstein; and philosophy professor Moti Mizrahi who will look at genetic engineering and scientifically modified “Frankenfoods.” The panel will also include humanities professors Debbie Lelekis, Angela Tenga, Lisa Perdigao and Jacob Ivey. The evening also features short readings and film clips, and opera singer Kyle Knappenberger.
Here’s an interesting bit of press release information related to the climate change aspect of the panel discussion: “Published in 1818, Frankenstein was drafted two years prior, during a time known as the “Year Without a Summer” because of the climatological and environmental impact of the Mount Tambora volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Persistently rainy weather contributed to Shelley and her friends opting to stay indoors during much of a Switzerland vacation, and the group decided to challenge each other to write ghost stories.”
Florida Tech is at 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8000. The best way to get information on FRANKENSTEIN200 is by following Florida Tech’ s Instagram feed @myfloridatech.