Monster Club | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sundays. Continues through Oct. 29 2017
Price: $8
In 1816, Mary Shelley, daughter of feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, was the sole woman among a band of writers who retreated to Geneva to summer by the lake. It was “the year without a summer,” a chill, dark season that caused crop failure worldwide, the result of volcanic activity in the Dutch East Indies. In the cool confines of Lord Byron’s villa, inventing ghost stories with her poet peers, Shelley began the story about the reanimation of the flesh that would become the gothic novel Frankenstein. Two centuries later, Monster Club pays tribute to female power and fascination with unusual forms as we enter the imaginative world of another Mary Shelley, a fifth-grader in detention, who discovers the subtle and magnificent interior life of other girls who have passed through the same confines, leaving behind diaries of desire, ambition, and tragedy. —Irene Hsiao



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