City Paper is not for tourists
Nearly 200 years have passed since Mary Shelley published her gothic tale about a twisted scientist who creates a grotesque monster in his lab. In the centuries since, the monster has evolved into a ghoulish green figure with bulging neck bolts and has been reimagined in pretty much every artistic medium. Tonight at the Black Cat, the Frankenstein story gets another adaptation, this time as a prog-rock opera. Landless Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Andrew Baughman discovered British composer Richard Campbell’s music on Spotify, and the team began collaborating on the work by email. Horror purists will appreciate that Baughman went back to the original text; as the monster, Robert Bradley’s costume includes neither bolts nor green face paint. The story remains intact, and the inclusion of wailing guitars and synthesizers only add to the drama—because maybe it’s metal tunes, not the period-appropriate harpsichord, that better suit a tale of corpses come alive. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.