Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play

Written by:

Mary Humphrey Baldridge

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 2

Genre:

Mystery

Themes:

Women
Writing

Length:

95 min.

Year Written:

2004

Synopsis:

In Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play, Mary Shelley is entranced by ghost tales and, in her own imagination, devises mystery and terror that affects them all. “The Power Baldridge evoked in the scenes of tension and love between Shelley and his wife, the macabre portrait she painted of Lord Byron and excellent characterizations of their hangers-on Polidori and Claire, contributed to the drama’s popular and critical success.” Eric Dawson, Performing Arts (From the CPO Website)

Published in 1818, when Mary was only 20, Frankenstein remains a seminal work in Gothic horror. The play covers the events leading up to Mary’s determination to put her thoughts on paper. (From The Wee Review)

Characters:

LORD BYRON, age 28
(Note: research reveals that Lord Byron was called Elbe and/or Albe)
CLAIRE GODWIN, age 18
DR. POLIDORI (POLLY), age 25
MARY SHELLEY, age 19
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, age 24
THE CREATURE

First Produced:

1978, Theatre Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Resources:

Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play is available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

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Notes:

Although the play is written in two acts, it has been performed successfully without an intermission.
Mary has several interior monologues, during which the action of the play stops. These monologues should be indicated by a lighting change and cessation of sound.