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Erin Almeter, Staff writer

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Based on Mary Shelley’s infamous novel of the same name, the National Theatre Live adaption of “Frankenstein” is a riveting production.
The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture will be showing the NTL production of “Frankenstein” in the Taylor Little Theatre on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., just in time for Halloween.
This is an important year for this production as 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Mary Shelley novel.
Originally recorded live in 2011, “Frankenstein” was directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyles and features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.
The two alternated in the roles during its run.
The storyline of this production revolves around the creature created by Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, horrified by his creation, leaves it to wander the world alone.
Time and time again throughout the story, the creature finds himself lost, confused and cast away by others in the community, who consider him repulsive.
He thinks he finds a friend in an old, blind man named De Lacey, who teaches him how to read, write, speak and love.
However, De Lacey is ripped away from him when the family learns that the creature exists.
After this event, the creature becomes angry and swears revenge on Frankenstein for the difficult life he has lived.
The story then falls into a cycle of Frankenstein and the creature tracking each other and bringing horrible, deadly occurrences into each of their lives. The play ends in anguish for both.
This classic tale shows a desperate and vengeful creature struggling in the world and not finding consolation from the one that created him.
Tickets for this event are free for Mercyhurst students with I.D.s, $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students and youth.
To purchase tickets, visit the Box Office in the PAC.
Come see this thrilling production to get into the spirit of Halloween!

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