Paul’s New Project ~ Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” Off Broadway Play

Ensemble for the Romantic Century has announced that joining Tony nominee Robert Fairchild in the Off-Broadway premiere of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be Avey Noble (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Krysty Swann (Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall; Verdi’sRequiem at Lincoln Center), Mia Vallet (Lucy Thurber’s Asheville at Rattlestick), Peyton Lusk (Falsettos on Broadway), Rocco Sisto (OBIE Award for sustained excellence), Shiv Ajay Pancholi-Parekh, and Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” Cal In Camo).

Fairchild, who will choreograph and star, will be making his Off-Broadway debut, as well as his debut as a choreographer.

Performances of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will begin December 21st at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenues). Opening Night is set for December 27th. This limited Off-Broadway engagement will run through January 7th only. Donald T. Sanders will direct.

PAUL WESLEY starred in, as well as directed and produced, the hit series “The Vampire Diaries.” Last year alone, he received rave reviews for his performance in the critically acclaimed Off-broadway show Cal In Camo alongside David Harbour, as well as landing a lead role opposite JK Simmons in Kevin Pollack’s indie feature The Late Bloomer. The prior year, Wesley starred in and produced IFC’s Before I Disappear, opposite Emmy Rossum for Oscar winner Shawn Christensen, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He also co-starred in the Drafthouse festival hit Amira & Sam. His extensive television credits include “Fallen” opposite Bryan Cranston, 24, “Cane,” “Everwood,” “Wolf Lake” opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, to name a few. Wesley’s theater studies began in NYC. He made his professional stage debut in Shem Bitterman’s Sensitive Skin, which he received stellar reviews for.

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. Mary Shelley’s Frankensteinis written by ERC Executive Artistic Director Eve Wolf and features Bach-inspired music of the 19th century, from Liszt, Schubert and Bach.

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