"INGENIOUS...a HYPNOTIC progression of sights, sounds, and ideas...a MASTER-CLASS of physical performance...a JAW-DROPPING combination of performance, stagecraft and technology that unites past and present in a spectral vision conveying the all-encompassing dread of a future mankind has created in its own image."
-LOS ANGELES BLADE, Jon Paul King
"SPECTACULAR...a visual and aural treat that engages you from beginning to end...Mat Sweeney’s INTRICATE concept and BEAUTIFUL compositions are BRILLIANTLY realized...SUPERB staging, design, music, and libretto...VIRTUOSIC performances...a satisfyingly cerebral and viscerally SPELLBINDING piece of entertainment."
-ARTS BEAT LA, Pauline Adamek
“Frankenstein is a MAJOR work...visually and aurally BREATHTAKING- and TERRIFYING in equal measure...CREEPY and GORGEOUS...it’s a play but also a concert, and at moments an opera, at others a musical and a dance piece...Frankenstein will PUNCH YOU IN THE GUT.”
-KCRW, Anthony Byrnes
"EXQUISITE...Frankenstein is a MAD and BRILLIANT creation, weaving together DARK and BEAUTIFUL elements into one AWE-INSPIRING and HORRIFIC mass...the artistry verges on scientific MASTERY"
-STAGE RAW, Vanessa Cate
"Four Larks has created a FASCINATING creature from the bones of Shelley’s novel...THRILLINGLY realized in an INVENTIVE movement-theatre style...visually ENTHRALLING...Max Baumgarten is an EXTRAORDINARY physical performer"
-LOS ANGELES TIMES, Charles McNulty
"BOLDLY different, FEARLESS in its risk, and ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING...It's FRIGHTENING, it's INVENTIVE, it's CREATIVE...the cast is IMPECCABLE"
-LA THEATRE BITES, Patrick Chavis
"ILLUMINATES the ethical questions about science and technology in a collage of CREATIVE storytelling...Max Baumgarten is MESMERIZING, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs is EXQUISITE"
-ON STAGE, Jill Weinlein
STAGE RAW TOP TEN
LA THEATRE BITES BEST THEATRE OF 2020
Originally presented at The Wallis in a sold out season from February 12 - March 7 2020
featuring Max Baumgarten, Lu Coy, Philip Graulty, Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, Kila Packett, Lukas Papenfusscline, Craig Piaget, James Vitz-Wong, Katherine Washington, James Waterman, & Claire Woolner
Created, Directed & Composed* by Mat Sweeney
Choreography* & Scenic / Properties Design by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro
Costume Design by Lena Sands
Lighting Design by Brandon Baruch
Sound Design by Alex Hawthorn
Projection Design by Laskfar Vortok
Set Dressing by Regan Baumgarten
Make-Up Design by Jesse Rasmussen & Pamela Bjorklund
Adapted from Mary Shelley's novel by Mat Sweeney, Jesse Rasmussen and Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Lyrics by Jesse Rasmussen & Mat Sweeney.
*Music developed and arranged with the ensemble. Additional music by Ellen Warkentine & electronic orchestrations by Alex Hawthorn
*Choreography developed with the ensemble