- By Arlene Winnick
LA Theater Works newest ‘radio play’ is the original Frankenstein, the gothic masterpiece by Mary Shelley. The role of Dr. Frankenstein is played by Adhir Kalyan, a South African actor best known for his TV roles in Rules of Engagement and Arrested Development. This was Adhir’s second performance for LATW. He was featured in Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem last year. I spoke with Adhir about his character and playing opposite veteran actor Stacy Keach as The Monster. “I was always fascinated by the story growing up. So many great actors have played the role; I tried not to watch them and let my character slowly evolve during rehearsals. Dr. Frankenstein possesses dangerous knowledge and sadly loses all humanity over time. Is it madness or ego?” Trivia note: In 2016 he starred in a TV series Second Chance about a modern-day Frankenstein.
“Working with Stacy Keach was an incredible opportunity. Ironically he was able to develop and exhibit a real humanity in The Monster.” And how is a radio play performance different from a full stage or film experience. “You need to convey your character with just your voice in front of a microphone. I was lucky to be surrounded by a cast of experienced radio performers.” LATW’s Frankenstein was recorded earlier this year at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA. It will available for digital download on July 8th.
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