And there is the problem of the scientist upstairs who keeps knocking out the power in the building with her experiments.
Enter the socially awkward, formal and mysterious Dr. Frankenstein (Kristen Vaughan). Victoria Frankenstein. Vic to her friends. And she wants to be friends with Sophie and Marisol.
Part of the fun in Frankenstein Upstairs is watching Rogers' and director Jordana Williams' skill in teasing out the story. You can guess some things. There will be a creature brought from death to life. There will be mayhem and death. But these things are so enmeshed in the surprises that Rogers' has created that it is hard to go into too many details about the story without spoiling the joy of watching it unfold.
Suffice it to say, Vic is not what she seems, and watching her agenda unfold and worm its way into the lives of Marisol, Sophie and their client Taylor is a disturbing pleasure to watch.
In Frankenstein Upstairs, Rogers has once again created an excellent piece of theatre, and has added a strong new work to the Frankenstein canon. He has a unique theatrical voice, and I highly recommend seeing this and his other works.
By Mac Rogers
Directed by Jordana Williams
Featuring: Autumn Dornfeld, Rob Maitner, Diana Oh, and Kristen Vaughan
Producer: Sean Williams
Stage Manager: Nikki Castle
Set Design: Sandy Yaklin
Lighting Design: Jennifer Linn Wilcox
Sound Design: Jeanne E. Travis
Costume Design: Amanda Jenks
Special Effects Design: Stephanie Cox-Williams
Ass't Director/Assoc. Producer: Mikell Kober
Fight Choreography: Adam Swiderski
Technical Director: Ashanti Ziths
Photography: Deborah Alexander Photography
Publicity Design: Pete Boisvert
Medical Consultant: Steve Alexander, M.D.
Scenic Painter: Kate Rance
Scenic/Props Assistant: Monserrat Mendez
Lighting Assistant: Lauren Bremen