The Creature by Trevor Allen

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Directed by Co-Artistic Director Alika Spencer-Koknar
Starts October 8th, 2020

Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Creature strips the monster classic of the melodrama and neck-bolts. Instead, the tale unravels before your very eyes, and ears, in the style of classic radio plays; allowing you to rediscover the original story of a brilliant, but ethically questionable scientist, and the monstrous, but sympathetic creature he creates.

This play was originally slated to be produced on the Dragon stage this fall. Given the closure due to COVID we’ve reached out to the playwright and Mr. Allen is allowing us to cut up and produce The Creature both as a podcast and as a an animated visual poem (think the more abstract videos from Fantasia). We will drop the first podcast in October and the first installment of the animated poem later this fall (?). Some of this is very dependent on reliable network and fire evacuations impacting our artists makes an already tricky technical issue a bit trickier. Check back for more details as we work out the technical aspect of these two exciting new Dragon mediums!

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Cast:

Bora “Max” Koknar (The Creature) 


Filip Hofman HeadshotFilip Hofman (Captain Walton et al)
BLACK LIVES MATTER. Filip is excited to return to the Dragon as a part of this devised piece! His interest in acting and the arts began at an early age, and his formal acting education includes studying in Prague at the celebrated DAMU theater conservatory, as well as obtaining a BFA in Acting from CALARTS. Fluent in English and Czech, Filip’s been performing all over the world, including Edinburgh, Prague, New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. You may have seen him recently in The Baltimore Waltz (Dragon Productions), One Hour Star Wars (Dragon Productions), Never Swim Alone (Dragon Productions) and The Glass Menagerie (Role Players Ensemble), or perhaps remember him as Orlando in As You Like It (Silicon Valley Shakespeare). Other credits include The Rover (Role Players Ensemble), 1984 (Los Altos Stage Company), The Winter’s Tale (California Shakespeare Company), Spending the End of the World on OK Cupid (Pear Theater), and The Hood of Sherwood (Silicon Valley Shakespeare). Filip’s also a part of the Dipsy Doodle Dragons, a new sketch comedy group! In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, playing the piano accordion, games, and reading a good book (he recommends Terry Pratchett).

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Paul Rosenfield (Victor Frankenstein)

 

 

 

Production Team:

Trevor Allen headshotTrevor Allen (Playwright) is an award winning Bay Area playwright. Productions include: Lolita Roadtrip (San Jose Stage Company), The Creature (Black Box Theatre Company, Bay Area Critic’s Circle award) Tenders in the Fog (San Jose Stage Company, Dean Goodman Award, Original Script), Working for the Mouse! (Impact Theatre), 49 Miles (Crowded Fire Theater), Chain Reactions, (Theatre of Yugen, CAFÉ and The Cutting Ball). He received a San Francisco Arts Commission grant for his play, Zoo Logic. He is a Bay Area Playwrights Festival alumni and his play, One Stone (Einstein), a collaboration with Lunatique Fantastique was developed through their “Incubator” and “In the Rough” programs. Two of his plays have received the SF Fringe Festival’s “Best Of” awards. His short play, Mamlet, won American Conservatory Theatre’s “Mamet” contest. He received PlayGround’s Emerging Playwright Award, Playwriting Fellowship and two Alumni full length play commissions for Lolita Roadtrip and Golden Gate Fair. He was a Playwright in Residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. He is currently working on scripts for Valley of Sand, a new play about Silicon Valley originally commissioned by San Jose Repertory Theatre and PlayGround, A Treasured Island, his adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel set in a Children’s hospital and other projects. A book length collection of five of his professionally produced plays was recently published by EXIT Press. He holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA and a MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU. He is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America.

Alika Spencer-Koknar (Director/Illustrator) is eager to make her directing debut with the Dragon and with such a classic story along with a group of phenomenal artists. Creating during this pandemic has its challenges, and Alika is proud to keep the spark of creation alive during these unprecedented times. Alika is a Bay Area native and graduate from Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria CA. She is Co-Artistic Director of Dragon Theater with her husband and creative partner, Bora “Max” Koknar. Her past credits include, Princess Leia in The One Hour Star Wars Trilogy: Live!, Euphonia Riggstone in Shoggoths on the Veldt, Judith in Equivocation, Boshka/Magda Goebbels in Cirque Exotique Du Monde with Dragon Theatre, with Northside Theater Company as Maureen in The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, with City Lights Theatre Company as Johnna Monevata in August: Osage County, and Alice Bloomfield in Kinan Valdez’s production of Zoot Suit with El Theatro Campesino. Alika would like to say, thank you for supporting the arts, I am grateful to serve you.

Gregory Holmes (Sound Engineer)

Lana Palmer (Sound Designer)

Jacob Vorperian (Animator)

Miranda Whipple (Stage Manager) has worked as a props designer and stage manager in the Bay Area for the past five years. Recent Dragon productions include Hickorydickory, Confession, and The Baltimore Waltz. She has also worked at City Lights Theatre Company, South Bay Music Theatre, Los Altos Stage Company, and Silicon Valley Shakespeare. Other stage management credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (American Conservatory Theater), 1984 (Los Altos Stage Company), and La Llorona (Opera Cultura). Miranda was recently named as a TBA finalist for Outstanding Properties Design for her work on Mothers and Sons. She is a proud graduate of the Cal State University, Fullerton theatre arts program.

Maggie Ziomek (Graphic Designer) is a graphic designer, illustrator, and copywriter, who has been designing and producing show art for Dragon Theatre since 2015. In 2019, she designed the identity package for Redwood City Youth Theatre, a collaboration between Broadway By The Bay and Dragon Theatre. She is also the creative behind Dragon’s new print and web brand, positioning Dragon Theatre as a cultural hub in Redwood City. Need some design work? Contact maggie.ziomek.sf@gmail.com