Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre presents Frankenstein

Published 12:08 am Saturday, February 16, 2019

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Aquila Theatre in “Frankenstein” for one performance only on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Written two centuries ago by Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” is considered by many as the first true science fiction novel. The story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations.
According to Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood, the presentation by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre will include a twist to the production, as is customary for the company.
“Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results,” he said. “After wandering the world alone, the monster eventually comes for Frankenstein’s family. Horrific events unfold until the doctor tentatively agrees to create a mate for the creature. Ultimately, the doctor refuses in an effort to spare humanity but bears the terrible and personal penalties of his decision.”
Blackwood said that 200 years later, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions.
“The piece raises an important universal question about the nature of innovation – just because it can be done, should it be done,” he said. “Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling, while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.”
Tickets for the production range from $35 to $45 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by phone at 985-543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
Special $15 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production. Students must present their university ID at the box office.
All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for “Hamlet” and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 985-543-4371 for more information.