Written 200 years ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has inspired countless adaptations and an essential question about the nature of innovation: It can be done, but should it be done? Aquila Theatre offers a bold, thrilling production of Shelley’s classic.
Written 200 years ago, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus wrestled with fundamental questions of innovation: “Just because we can do it, should we?” and “If we succeed, what now?” Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creation of an artificial human simultaneously yields extraordinary and terrifying results—a remarkable living being and a host of unintended consequences for creature, creator, and society. Years ahead of its time, Frankenstein and its
questions persist amid contemporary exploration of invention’s deep, pervasive promises as the story also debates ethical boundaries and human dilemmas. The lauded classicists at Aquila Theatre return to Purdue after the stellar productions of Julius Caesar and The Odyssey—deepening on-campus discussions about the promise and peril of technological advancement.
OCT. 2 / 6:30PM / STEWART 214
OCT. 3 / 6:30PM / ANNIVERSARY DRAWING ROOM
Dr. Melinda Zook, a professor of history and director of Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts, will discuss the ethical questions posed about the nature of innovation and the continued relevance of Frankenstein.
1869 TAP ROOM
Join us immediately following the performance for a post-show meetup.
PURDUE HONORS COLLEGE
Oct. 4 / 1:30-2:30PM / HCRN HONORS HALL
“How We Think” Frankenstein
“How We Think” is a forum where faculty members from different academic disciplines discuss a common object, text, or idea to showcase the insights that their fields of study have to offer.