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Gods & Monsters
Drama, Literary Adaptation
Runs May 09Jun 02, 2024

Former Hollywood film director best known for Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, and Show Boat, James Whale is now retired and slowly facing dementia. His caring housekeeper, quietly …

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1229 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
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Chicago’s Book & Lyrics Theatricals will premiere a new stage adaptation of Gods and Monsters, based on Christopher Bram’s ​1995 novel “Father of Frankenstein” and its 1998 screen version. The work will play a limited run beginning on May 9, 2024

The project is a collaboration between writer-actor Paul Oakley Stovall and director Tom Mullen. In a role reversal, Stovall will ​direct the premiere while Mullen is writing the script. The mostly fictionalized story centers on the final days of real-life film ​director James Whale, noted for his work on the classic horror films “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein,” along with the first ​full-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Show Boat. The work tracks the director as his health is failing while ​simultaneously falling for a young landscaper, Clayton Boone (Whale was openly gay throughout his career, a trailblazer ahead ​of his time).