Robert Fairchild will star in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Robert Fairchild will star in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
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An American in Paris Drama Desk Award winner Robert Fairchild will choreograph and star in the off-Broadway premiere of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from December 21-January 7, with opening night on December 27. Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents the play at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Fairchild has also been seen onstage in A Chorus Line and Oklahoma! A longtime principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Fairchild will depart the company at the end of this season. His final performances will be the October 14 and 15 matinees of George Balanchine's "Duo Concertant," The New York Times reports.

In Frankenstein, "The joys and perils of motherhood, the hovering shadow of infant mortality, and the sting of loneliness and rejection merge as Mary Shelley creates her masterwork, Frankenstein. The Creature that Dr. Frankenstein produces, an assemblage of disparate elements, coalesces into a monster with a human soul. His horrific appearance conceals the gentlest heart. Through no fault of his own, he is forced to descend into evil deeds. Excerpts from the 1818 edition of Frankenstein, music, and dance interwoven with Mary Shelley's letters and diaries create parallel narratives as both dramas unfold."

Donald T. Sanders will direct. Additional information will be announced shortly.

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