Mary’s Monster

Play title:  Mary’s Monster

Author (s):  Maggie Lou Rader

Representation: For more information, email playwright at

Funder: Commissioned by the Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Psychology

Scientist (s) and Historical Figure (s):

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – 1797-1851, Shelley was the author behind the famous novel ‘Frankenstein’. 

Character Breakdown: 

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 20’s-50’s, Any race, Female / Female Identifying (she/her)

A woman at the end of her rope.

Can be played by: Age: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s Race/Ethnicity: Any race/ethnicity Gender: Female, Non-binary

(Character Breakdown provided by New Play Exchange)

Setting: A graveyard at night

Time Period: 1850’s

Synopsis of Play: On a dark night near the end of her life, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrestles with ghosts: her dead children, her sister, her famous husband, her mother, and Frankenstein, her most famous creation. Death has loomed over her entire life, and now, shovel in hand, she will reckon with it, one way or another.

(Provided by playwright) 

First Performance Date: 2018

First Producer: Know Theatre of Cincinnati 

Performance History: Resident actress of the Know Theatre in Cincinnati, Maggie Lou Rader premiered her one-woman show, Mary’s Monster, in 2018.


Entered by: Anna Galanides

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