The days of radio drama are long gone, but the art form survives through the efforts and considerable talent of people like actor/writer/producer Craig Wichman, founder of New York’s Quicksilver Radio Theater. Online streaming, podcasting and audio books are new avenues of creativity that this unique troupe of seasoned actors and technicians is actively exploring. Quicksilver has produced a wide variety of award-winning audio plays tackling everything from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes.
The script for Frankenstein: Modern Prometheus is an intelligent and very faithful 60-minute adaptation of what is, admittedly, a huge, sprawling book. Under the direction of Jay Stern, Joseph Franchini as Victor Frankenstein and Craig Wichman as The Monster headline a large cast whose fine work —complete with sound effects and an original score — makes Mary Shelley’s novel spring to robust life.
This Frankenstein has already earned deserved kudos from critic Leonard Maltin and Frankenstein expert Don Glut. Now it's your turn to experience it: Treat yourself to Quicksilver Radio Theater’s Frankenstein, streaming online this Thursday, October 11, at 1pm EST on Greater Portland Community Radio. Go to http://www.wmpg.org/ and click “Listen” on the menu at the top of the page. Part 2 will be streaming next week, on October 18.
The graphic illustrating this post is by yours truly. Thanks, Craig, for letting me cut loose!