MOUNT VERNON — For as many film adaptations of the story of “Frankenstein,” it is generally not mentioned that the story was written by the wife of famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelly. During the summer of 1816, a group of friends including Percy, Mary and Lord Byron were kept indoors due to an inordinate amount of rainfall. One evening, the literary discussion of the Shelley-Byron party turned toward German ghost stories. Byron suggested each member of the group to write a ghost story in the same vein. In the next few weeks Mary produced a short story which, when expanded, became “Frankenstein” or “The Modern Prometheus.”
On Thursday, Elixir Presents will provide a glimpse into the life of Mary Shelley. Presented in first person living history style, Tammy Souhrada will bring Mary to life. Souhrada has presented Lizzie Borden and Typhoid Mary for the series and is developing a character based on living in the last days of Pompeii for the 2018 season.
This event will be held at The Grand Hotel, 12 Public Square, banquet room on the lower level of the hotel with doors opening at 6 p.m. The program starts at 7 p.m., with music of the era performed by FolkTails, Mary Shelly at 7:45 p.m. and then a Q&A period with the audience immediately after the program.