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Text of FRANKENSTEIN libretto

  • Music by MARK BARON

    Book & Lyrics JEFFREY JACKSON

    Original Story Adaptation by GARY P. COHEN

    COPYRIGHT 2007 The Authors

    Contact:Goehring-Evans Productionswww.goehringevans.comwww.frankensteinthemusical.com

  • SETTING

    The late 18th century.Geneva, Switzerland; Ingolstadt, Germany:Various locales throughout Europe and the Arctic.

    PRIMARY CHARACTERS

    VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, a brilliant, young scientistROBERT WALTON, a sea captainTHE CREATURE, the subject of Victors grand experimentELIZABETH LAVENZA, Victors fiancHENRY CLERVAL, Victors lifelong friendVictors FATHER, Alphonse Frankenstein Victors MOTHER, CarolineWILLIAM, Victors 10-year-old brotherJUSTINE, Williams nannyThe BLIND MAN, a poor cottagerAGATHA, the blind mans daughter

    MUSICAL NUMBERS

    ACT 1: PRELUDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 1A GOLDEN AGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2AMEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6BIRTH TO MY CREATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8DEAR VICTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10THE HANDS OF TIME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13YOUR FATHERS EYES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15THE CREATURES TALE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17THE WAKING NIGHTMARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17THE MUSIC OF LOVE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19WHY? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22THE PROPOSITION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    ACT 2: A HAPPIER DAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28THE MODERN PROMETHEUS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30THE HANDS OF TIME (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33THE WORKINGS OF THE HEART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34AN ANGELS EMBRACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36THE WORKINGS OF THE HEART (Reprise). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37YOUR FATHERS EYES (Reprise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37THESE HANDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37THE CHASE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38THE COMING OF THE DAWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41AMEN (Reprise). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

  • ACT 1, SCENE 1

    Lights up on a solitary figure a sea captain, Robert WALTON. Something that hasdeeply terrified him haunts him still:

    WALTON: Captain Robert Walton, in a letter to his sister, October 30th, 1793. It was just north of theArctic Circle that I discovered him adrift on a floe of ice alongside our ship. A wretch, neardeath. In the days that followed, he would tell me a tale strange and horrifying. His life... a twistedpath of destruction. His deeds... almost too incredible to recount.

    SONG: PRELUDE

    VICTOR (off-stage:) I AM THE INNOCENT. I AM THE DAMNED.

    WALTON: I alone know the heart of this man...

    VICTOR (O.S.:) THE FOUNT OF DELUSION. THE FATHER OF DREAMS.

    WALTON: ...for I alone am still haunted by the faces of those he loved.

    Each of six other characters is illuminated as they speak. First, a distinguished patriarchand his regal wife:

    FATHER: ...his adoring father, who could see in him only greatness.

    MOTHER: ...the mother whose loving spirit he could not bear to lose.

    Next, a boy of 10 and his young governess:

    WILLIAM: The young brother who worshipped him...

    JUSTINE: ...and the faithful servant who understood why.

    VICTOR (O.S.:) I AM NOT A MADMAN!

    An apprentice priestan earnest young man:

    HENRY: The soul who was his dearest friend in life.

    WALTON: ...and the woman who from their childhood days had been...

    A beautiful, young woman emerges:

    ELIZABETH: ...his one true love.

    VICTOR (O.S.:) I CAN HEAR MY NAME...

    HENRY: His story is the province of nightmares.

    VICTOR (O.S.:) BLACKENED BY MY CRIME...

    ELIZABETH: Yet it must be told.

    VICTOR (O.S.:) HAUNTING ME AND TAUNTING AS IT ECHOES THROUGH ALL TIME...

    WALTON: His name... is Frankenstein.

    VICTOR is revealed. The previous scene disappears as the music explodes into a darkand driving theme.

    FRANKENSTEIN 1

  • PROJECTION: 1793... 1792... 1790... (a succession of years counting backwards)

    As VICTOR moves across the stage, a rapid-fire montage of projected images unspools,taking us backward through the events and places of Victors life, finally arriving at...

    SCENE 2

    ...a lavish estate at the foot of the Alps in Geneva. The music swells into a celebratoryanthem as bright sunlight bathes the pastoral setting.

    TITLE SLIDE: 1769. GENEVA.

    The full ENSEMBLE takes the stage to embody the NOBILITY of the province.

    SONG: A GOLDEN AGE

    NOBILITY: LIFE NO MORE IS MYSTERYTHE WORLDS AT OUR COMMANDOUR KNOWLEDGE AND OUR INDUSTRYHAVE PLACED IT IN OUR HANDSMEN OF VISION, SPIRITS BOLD WILL OPEN EVRY DOORTHE WORLD, A TOY... EACH DAY, A JOYAND WILL BE FOREVER MORE

    VICTOR AT AGE 7 enters, running playfully. He is closely followed by his MOTHER,who clearly adores him. His FATHER joins them:

    FATHER: Victor Frankenstein...

    MOTHER: ...our beloved boy.

    FATHER: We live in a glorious time, my son. A time when one man with knowledge can change the world.

    FATHER hands VICTOR a book. The boy takes it, beaming.

    NOBILITY: A GOLDEN AGE IS TRULY UPON USAN ERA OF WEALTH AND SPLENDORMASTERS OF FATE, AUGUST AND ENLIGHTENEDIS HOW WELL BE REMEMBEREDA GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE AND REASONDISCOVERY AND INSPIRATIONMARVELOUS TIME, MIRACULOUS WORLDTHE DAWN OF REVELATION

    One person Victors SCHOOLMASTER steps forward to address VictorsFATHER:

    SCHOOLMASTER: Your son Victor is the most gifted student we have ever seen. His facility for thenatural sciences is unparalleled.

    GUEST #1: THE BRIGHTEST CHILD WEVE EVER SEEN

    OTHER GUESTS: GIFTED BOY...

    GUEST #2: MONUMENTAL THINGS AWAIT

    FRANKENSTEIN 2

  • OTHER GUESTS: FATHERS JOY...

    GUEST #3: ANOTHER NEWTON, GALILEO!

    OTHER GUESTS: WONDROUS DAYS...

    GUEST #4: THINK OF WHAT HE MIGHT CREATE!

    OTHER GUESTS: GOLDEN AGE...

    FATHER: THE FUTURE IS A BANQUET AND ITS TIME FOR US TO DINE!

    ALL: WE RAISE A GLASS... PROPOSE A TOAST...TO THE HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN

    The mood shifts from festive to sentimental as the lights dim on all but MOTHER:

    MOTHER: Victor, your father and I have blessed news. After all these years... perhaps a brother foryou. We shall call him William. The greatest miracle of all is within each of us, Victor. Life.

    MOTHER removes the shawl from her shoulders and gathers it in her arms, cradling it a baby. During next, TITLE SLIDE CHANGES: from 1777 to 1787.

    NOBILITY: A GOLDEN AGE IS TRULY UPON USAN ERA OF WEALTH AND SPLENDORMASTERS OF FATE, AUGUST AND ENLIGHTENEDIS HOW WELL BE REMEMBERED

    An OFFICIAL from the University of Ingolstadt reads the text of a letter:

    UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL: We are pleased and proud to accept your son, Victor, at the University ofIngolstadt.

    VICTOR, now grown, rushes on followed by HENRY CLERVAL. He is busting with thegreat news:.

    VICTOR: Its the finest school of the sciences in all of Europe!

    HENRY: Congratulations!

    VICTOR: Come with me, my friend! We can uncover lifes mysteries together.

    HENRY: You have a true calling, Victor. But... Im afraid its not one that I share.

    HENRY turns away, touching a hand to a crucifix he wears.

    VICTOR: Henry... I think Ive discovered something extraordinary. I... I cant explain it yet. But onlyat Ingolstadt will I find the tools to explore it.

    HENRY: Victor... since boyhood you have been bent on conquering the world. Havent you learnedthat no man truly can?

    VICTOR: What Ive learned... is that there is no secret that mankind will not one day know.

    HENRY: And perhaps... regret knowing.

    Frustrated, HENRY walks away. MOTHER enters and crosses to VICTORs side.

    VICTOR: Does no one see beyond what merely is... to what could be?

    FRANKENSTEIN 3

  • MOTHER: FOR THE FEW WHO CHOOSE THE ROADWHERE ALL OTHERS FEAR TO GOTHEY MUST PREPARE TO WALK THEIR PATH ALONE

    VICTOR: I remember, mother.

    The lights change on Victors MOTHER. His FATHER appears:

    FATHER: Victor... come. Your mother hasnt much time.

    VICTOR: I remember, mother.

    MOTHER exits. PROJECTION: cemetery. The NOBILITY gathers once again, this timefor MOTHERs funeral.

    WILLIAM approaches VICTOR, cupping something in his hands.

    WILLIAM: Victor... its a sparrow. I found it. (as VICTOR inspects it:) Is it dead?

    VICTOR: Im afraid so, William.

    WILLIAM: Do birds die of scarlet fever... like Mother?

    VICTOR (bi