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“It reminds me of the vampire movie ‘Let the Right One In.’ It’s terribly scary but it’s not dark. It’s snow and light.”

Dear, whose work includes the plays “Power” and “Zenobia” and the film version of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” hopes the new approach will help audiences see the story from the Creature’s often-overlooked point of view.

“It’s about saying, what would it feel like to be the experiment? How would it feel to suddenly find yourself created and abandoned and hated by humanity?

“It is really a debate about the responsibilities of the creator _ often couched, in Shelley’s terms, as the responsibility of the father toward the child. I tend to see it much more in that way than as a kind of Gothic horror.”

It is also a cautionary tale about technology. Written after the upheaval of the American and French revolutions and on the cusp of a century of transforming technological change, the story carries a warning about what can happen when humanity plays God _ Dear calls it “the creation myth for the science age.”

“You can’t disinvent something,” Dear said. “It reminds me a lot of Oppenheimer and the (atomic) bomb.

“Two hundred years on, we’ve still allowed all sorts of technological decisions to be made which in the long run probably aren’t going to do us any good.”

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