The first play of our senior year was Frankenstein, and I won the role of Frankenstein’s monster. The play Frankenstein isn’t anything like the old Boris Karloff movie, with the giant mumbling monster who lurches around with corks coming out of his neck. The stage version of Frankenstein is much more loyal to the book’s theme of society fearing what it doesn’t understand.
Frankenstein’s monster is a deep, troubled creature who was created by a scientist, then dismissed as an abomination. From there, he wanders alone, labeled as a “freak” by the rest of society and rejected by everyone who sees him. The cruelty eventually leads the monster to seek revenge.
— No Easy Answers, Brooks Brown