Playwright Austin Tichenor Visits PLT to See Creation Alive

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Playwright Austin Tichenor Visits Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre to See Creation Brought to Life

Published: February 27, 2018.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of that dark and stormy night when Mary Shelley first imagined “the hideous phantasm of a man.” Countless stage and film versions, parodies, and modern interpretations have changed the associations we have with the Frankenstein name. The stage adaptation by Austin Tichenor attempts to be faithful to Shelley’s 19th century Gothic Romantic thriller while at the same time offering a terrifying, cautionary tale about arrogance, the boundaries of science and creation.

The playwright Austin Tichenor attended the 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday, February 24 at the Philip Lynch Theatre to see his script creation brought to life. He and his wife, improviser and writer Dee Ryan, live in Chicago where they have two kids and too many cats. He had not seen a production of his stage adaptation since the 1990 American Stage Festival in Milford, New Hampshire.

Post-show, Tichenor meet with the cast and crew of the Philip Lynch Theatre production for a brief Q&A. He praised the performance for it’s commitment to “the emotional intensity” of the script, and he had “nothing but praise” for the production. He reflected that the “most autobiographical character in the play is Henry Clerval,” Victor’s Frankenstein’s best friend and man of letters and poetry. The role of Henry Clerval was played by biology major Andrew Wainscott from Mokena.

Tichenor was born in San Francisco, CA., and has a B.A. in History and Theatre from UC Berkeley and an M.F.A. from Boston University. He is the co-managing partner of Reduced Shakespeare Company, and co-created and co-starred in the original productions of "The Complete History of America" (abridged), "The Bible: The Complete Word of God" (abridged), "Western Civilization: The Complete Musical" (abridged), "All The Great Books" (abridged) (PLT produced in 2006), "Completely Hollywood" (abridged), "The Complete World of Sports" (abridged), "The Ultimate Christmas Show" (abridged), and "The Complete History of Comedy" (abridged). He also co-starred in the PBS broadcast of the RSC‘s signature work "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" (abridged) (PLT produced in 2001). Tichenor produces and hosts the award-nominated Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast listed in Broadway World’s Top Ten Podcasts for Theatre Fans.

On February 28, Tichenor will perform in a new Reduced Shakespeare Company script he has co-written entitled William Shakespeare’s Long Long First Play (abridged) at the New Victory Theatre in NYC. In 2016, the play had its world premiere at the Folgers’s Theatre at the Folgers Shakespeare Library. The Washington Post call it “a breathlessly irreverent and pun-filled romp.” He has also performed off Broadway, in the West End, and at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre and Northlight Theatre.

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