'Frankenstein' to be performed in Royal Oak

Posted at 1:39 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 13:39:42-04

(WXYZ) — This new stage adaptation of Frankenstein was written by playwright A. S. Peterson to mark the 200th anniversary of the book's publication. It was first performed in 2018 at Tennessee's Studio Tenn Theatre, which had originally commissioned the work. Stagecrafters' director Andrew Clements brought the play here for its Michigan premiere and thinks audiences will appreciate this new take on a classic horror story.

Unlike some of the popular film adaptations, the play doesn't feature a terrifying, unthinking, or even a tap-dancing creature. There is a monster, but he doesn't shuffle around and moan inarticulately. This monster is intelligent, feels emotion and asks questions that all humans ask themselves. Think Hamlet, with a stitched together body and poor impulse control. According to Peterson, his Frankenstein is "not your mama's Frankenstein."

"It is exciting, suspenseful, epic, thrilling, spectacular ... all the things that you would want from a classic monster story. But, most of all, it is moving," says Clements. He adds, "If you want to see a really cool monster story with lots of excitement and special effects, you won't be disappointed. This show has that. But it also has an incredible script with beautiful, elevated language and deep truth that will really make you think."


"Pay-What-You-Can" (PWYC) night, Thursday, October 17. The admission price is at the discretion of the patron. There are no advance sales and doors open at 7 pm and close at 8 pm (no late seating). Patrons are encouraged to pay cash; credit/debit cards require a $5 minimum. Admission is general seating; first come, first served with no refunds/exchanges.

Veterans and active military personnel and their immediate families are eligible for a buy one ticket, get one half-price ticket discount on Thursdays. Limit of six tickets. Some exclusions may apply.

Students with a valid student ID are eligible for a half-price ticket at the door on Thursday performances of 2nd Stage shows. (One ticket per student ID; based on availability)

How to Buy Tickets

Tickets for Frankenstein are now on sale at, at the business office (10am - 2pm), or by calling 248-541-6430, Monday through Friday, 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Tickets are $20.