by Robert Weibezahl

And Lightning Struck: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Creation by Robert Weibezahl is an atmospheric historical drama that delves into the intimate life of Mary Shelley, the writer of Frankenstein. It is a story about Mary herself—not an adaptation of Frankenstein, but rather the story of how this literary genius came to write it. Mary Godwin Shelley was only eighteen years old when she “gave birth” to her classic story and the Creature at the heart of it. Along with her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their friends, including Lord Byron, Mary was part of a group of freethinkers who lived life by their own rules, often provoking scandal. The Creature himself gives voice to Mary’s beliefs about creation, humanity, and art as he descends into the vengeful madness of the novel’s plot. At the play’s end Mary rejects the past—or does she?

  • Cast Size: 4M/3F or 6M/3F/1NB if no doubling
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Robert Weibezahl is a playwright and fiction writer. His play, And Lightning Struck: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Creation was first commissioned and presented by Lit Live in Simi Valley, California, and won the Quarantine Playwriting Competition at the Grand Theatre, Cartersville, Georgia. Other full-length plays include Which Way the Wind Blows, a finalist for the Dayton (Ohio) Playhouse’s FutureFest 2019, and Hold On, featured at the 2019 Palisades Playwrights Festival in Los Angeles. Weibezahl’s short plays have been performed live and virtually by theatre groups in New York, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, and Australia. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

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