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Monster Makers

  • Stephen Dolginoff
  • Full Length Musical, Comedy, Parody/Spoof, 1930s, 1970s, 1920s
  • 4M, 1F
  • ISBN: 9780573704666

A musical triple-feature inspired by three monstrously true, behind-the-scenes tales of the most famous monster movies in cinema history!

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy, Parody/Spoof
  • 90 minutes

  • Time Period: 1930s, 1970s, 1920s
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
A musical triple-feature inspired by three monstrously true, behind-the-scenes tales of the most famous monster movies in cinema history!

In 1920s Germany, director F.W. Marnau fears he may lose a lawsuit brought by the estate of Bram Stoker over his silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is suspiciously similar to Dracula. Will all of the prints be destroyed?

In 1930s Hollywood, make-up man Jack Pierce works carefully to create the defining look for Frankenstein's monster while trying to meet the demands of the studio. Will he get the credit he deserves?

In 1970s England, actor Peter Cushing hopes to be able to finish the final British sequels to Frankenstein and Dracula before outside forces threaten to get in the way. Will his horror fans be disappointed?

Will all of these men triumph while fighting for their art against the various demons they must face? As these famous monster makers each discover -- sometimes real life can be even more frightening than the movies!

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"Monster Makers captures the magic behind movie monsters throughout the history of film -- a loving tribute to the geniuses behind three cult classics!"

 Sioux City Journal

Premiere Production:

Monster Makers was first presented in New York City at the Daryl Roth Theatre on June 22, 2015. It was produced by New York Theatre Barn (Joe Barros, Artistic Director; Mark Montague, Managing Director; Laura Brandel, Artistic Producer). The performers were Stephen Dolginoff, Camille Diamond, John McVeigh, Leo Ash Evans and Zachary Orts.

  • Casting: 4M, 1F
  • Casting Attributes: Flexible casting, Expandable casting
  • Casting Notes:

    ACTOR ONE: F.W. Marnau; James Whale; Terence Fisher (Directors)
    ACTOR TWO: Moritz; Jack Pierce; Dracula's Stuntman (Various Men)
    ACTOR THREE: Max Schreck; Boris Karloff; Peter Cushing (Actors)
    ACTOR FOUR: Albin Grau; Carl Laemmle; Anthony Hinds (Producers)
    ACTOR FIVE: Mrs. Stoker; Vera West; Victoria (Women)

    F.W. MARNAU - a flamboyant director
    ALBIN CRAU - a stern producer
    MORITZ - a meek lawyer
    MAX SCHRECK - a creepy actor
    MRS. FLORENCE STOKER - a formidable widow
    JACK PIERCE - a maniacal make-up artist
    JAMES WHALE - a well-mannered director
    BORIS KARLOFF - a friendly actor
    CARL LAEMMLE - a typical Hollywood producer
    VERA WEST - a wisecracking costume designer
    PETER CUSHING - a dignified movie star
    DRACULA'S STUNTMAN - a nonchalant guy
    TERENCE FISHER - a petulant director
    ANTHONY HINDS - a jovial producer
    VICTORIA - a sexy actress