From Danielle O’Farrell (Claire) referencing Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation – We’ll be opening our show 194 Years TO THE DAY that Shelley, Mary, and Claire left Lake Geneva. (Well, planned, Dendinger… You sneaky minx.)
From Emily Dendinger (Playwright) in regards to bears – When Byron found out that Cambridge had rules against bringing dogs to the school, he brought a pet bear with him instead.
Danielle re: Frankenstein-lore – A pleading letter from Claire to Byron said, “A Creator ought not destroy his Creature.”
From Emily – There’s some pretty entertaining podcasts about these guys on “Stuff You Missed in History Class” – http://www.howstuffworks.com/podcasts/stuff-you-missed-in-history-class.rss (11/9/09 – “How Lord Byron Worked”, 10/26/09 – “The Birth of Frankenstein and the Vampyre”, 11/11/09 – “Who was the Enchantress of Numbers?” (about Ada Lovelace, Byron’s daughter)
From Jessica Hutchinson (Director) – Here’s an interesting passage I came across in Frankenstein — “But he found that a traveler’s life is one that includes much pain amidst its enjoyments. His feelings are forever on the stretch; and when he begins to sink into repose, he finds himself obliged to quit that on which he rests in pleasure for something new, which again engages his attention, and which also he forsakes for other novelties.” (Sound like anyone we know?)
From Eric Branson (Lighting Designer) – So, the reason everyone was stuck inside due to the rain was because 1816 was the year with out summer. Due to a huge volcanic eruption and unusually low solar activity global temperatures dropped a full degree causing widespread crop loss and food riots. It also lead to the founding of the Mormon Church and the invention of the Velocipede. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer
From Jess – Mary & Shelley’s shared journal in 1814 — Thursday, July 28: Shelley writes about their escape together: “The night preceding this morning, all being decided, I ordered a chaise to be ready by 4 o’clock. I watched until lightning and the stars became pale. At length it was 4. I believed it not possible that we should succeed; still there appeared to lurk some danger even in certainty. I went; I saw her; she came to me.”
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