Mary Godwin Shelley (female, 35). Reserved, intellectual, thoughtful, yet passionate. A woman who knows her mind, but conserves her emotions—until forced to confront them.
Younger Mary (female, 18-20). Intelligent and thoughtful. Already displaying traces of the extraordinary talents she will share with the world, but still essentially a young woman in the throes of love.
Matthews (male, mid-20s). Matthews is intelligent and enthusiastic, polite but emphatic about what he wants, both an ardent fan and a determined businessman.
Polidori (male, 20s). a young doctor and aspiring poet, is more enthusiastic than talented, a romantic who wants very much to be accepted as part of the “in” crowd.
The Creature (male*, age flexible, 30-60. *If Godwin is cast with a separate actor, the casting of Creature could be gender neutral). The Creature is the true embodiment of Mary Shelley’s vision—not the Hollywood stereotype. Brooding, intelligent, cursed by fate. Role requires great physical presence and physicality.
Godwin (male, age flexible, 30-60) is a specter: Mary’s memory of her father, stern and disapproving, but cares deeply for his daughter.
Shelley (male, 25-30). Shelley is dreamy, intelligent, romantic. An artist dedicated to ideals of love and beauty.
Victor (male, 25-30). Victor is Shelley’s counterpoint—a genius who has, quite literally, lost control of his own creativity.
Byron (male, 25-30). Dashing, self-possessed, sardonic. Accustomed to being the star.
Claire (female, 18-20). Romantic, unrealistic, wily, but a bit needy. A woman without discernible talents of her own, living among geniuses.
AND LIGHTNING STRUCK is ideally performed by seven actors, with parts doubled as indicated
Mary Godwin Shelley
AND LIGHTING STRUCK was commissioned by Lit Live and given its first performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in Simi Valley, California, opening on February 9, 2017. It was directed by Austin Robert Miller. Executive Producer, Brenda Miller and Production Manager, Kaelia Winterstein.
The cast was as follows:
Mary Shelley Kay Capasso
Matthews/Polidori Cole Wagner
Creature/Godwin Tom Mesmer
Younger Mary Jennifer Ridgway
Shelley/Victor Schafer Bourne
Byron Evan P. Smith
Claire Alyssa Villaire
“Just as Shelley wrote of alchemist Victor Frankenstein giving life to an inanimate object, so has Weibezahl in his new play … an intelligently written examination of her creative process, utilizing flashbacks, historical personages from her life (including Shelley as a young girl) and the two antagonists from her book.” – Yhousand Oaks Acorn
90 minutes – 2 hours
Preview available here