Caves of Fancy by Rose Scollard


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Young Mary Shelly attempts, with the aid of half-sister Fanny and step sister Claire, to conjure up her dead mother Mary Wollstonecraft. Instead she calls up an enigmatic and ugly Creature who shifts from role to role as she faces the monstrous elements in her life - the cruelty of lovers, the repressions of society, illness, loneliness and death, especially death, who claims one after the other the loved ones in her life: mother, sister, husband, and her beloved children. In spite of all her tragedy, Mary persists in her commitment to her art and to her family and finds equilibrium and the strength to push forward into the unknown, ready to take on all the future has to offer.

Keywords: Frankenstein, monster, Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Claire Clairmont, Byron, women writers

Year Printed: 2013
First produced in 1997 at Reeve Theatre, Calgary, AB.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Acts: 3

Male Cast: 1
Female Cast: 3