Frankenstein’s Wake

A Premiere Zoom Adaptation
Created by Holly Holsinger & Raymond Bobgan
Directed by Raymond Bobgan
Performed by Holly Holsinger

October 30, 2020 - November 20, 2020

October 30, 31 & November 8, 14, 20 | 7:00pm (ET) | Special late-night show on October 31 at 10:00pm

60 min
The virtual “house” will be limited to 35 “seats”

Tickets: $1
Suggested Donation: $1 to $99

This twisted adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece revives a tour-de-force performance, first performed off-Broadway in 1997 by Cleveland’s own Theatre Labyrinth. Frankenstein’s Wake met critical acclaim and was described as “an exhilarating bravura performance,” by Time Out New York. With this virtual restaging of the work, the creators seek to reflect a deeper knowledge and evolved perspective on the themes of longing, the search for one’s origin, conflict with the maker, and what it means to be human.

You must use Zoom to see this work. You will receive an email 1-2 hours before showtime with the meeting login information. Have questions? Email

Please Note: Online sales for each performance will close at 5:00pm (ET).

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Raymond Bobgan - Producer
Holly Holsinger & Raymond Bobgan - Scenography
Jaytionna Wells - Stage Manager
Brad Krumholz - Special Table Design
Craig George, Brad Krumholz, Brett Keyser, Caitlin Lewins - Special Thanks

About Holly Holsinger

Holly Holsinger has been a Cleveland theatre artist for over twenty years. Most recently, Holly performed an excerpt from Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12 (text by Raymond Bobgan, Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12 jointly created by Raymond and Cleveland CORE Ensemble) on Zoom. In January, Holly was seen at Entry Point 2020 in a selection of Marie Curie Horror Story, her original play about the triumphs and tragedies of Marie Curie’s life. Last December, Holly directed Teatro Público de Cleveland’s A Xmas Cuento Remix, and last September engaged in a teaching exchange at the Raikin Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. Holly most enjoys creating and performing original works. Last year, she toured Frankenstein’s Wake to New Orleans and London. Other original works include Ancestra and Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves, co-devised with Chris Seibert. Holly is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University where she received a Distinguished Faculty Award, the University’s top honor for teaching. She received an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine, and is a member of CPT’s Cleveland CORE Ensemble.


Raymond Bobgan creates new performances that are bold, multilayered, and highly physical through an ever-evolving ensemble process. Raymond’s work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and has been featured in American Theatre magazine, Canadian Theatre ReviewTheatre Journal, and in Lisa Wolford’s book Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research. Raymond has created many works for CPT including: Feefer Rising, with Faye Hargate; Rusted Heart BroadcastInsomnia: The Waking of Herselves, with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert; Cut to Pieces, with Chris Seibert; and Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, co-produced by CPT and La MaMa ETC (Off-Broadway).

Raymond founded the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), a job-training theatre program for teens, and co-created the Y-Haven Theatre Project with James Levin which engages formerly homeless men in writing and performing theatre, and initiated Station Hope, a community arts festival exploring contemporary issues of social justice. With Faye Hargate, Raymond initiated Teatro Público de Cleveland, CPT’s resident Latino theatre company, and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi مسرح كليفلاند العربي, a new group dedicated to creating and performing theatre from Arabic-speaking communities.

Raymond’s professional troupe, Cleveland CORE Ensemble, recently toured Red Ash Mosaic, a surreal journey through projection to purpose. They are currently working on a new project, Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12.

Raymond was the first recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in the discipline of Theatre. He is a two-time winner of the Creative Workforce Fellowship and a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Fellowship. He is an alumnus of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG)’s Early Career Development Program for Directors, and of the National Theatre Artist Residency Program (Pew Charitable Trust and TCG). Raymond also received the Cisgender Ally Award at Cleveland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance and Equality Ohio’s Ally Award. In 2018, he was honored with the Cleveland Foundation’s Homer C. Wadsworth Award and in 2017, his administrative leadership was recognized with The Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio.

He was the President of the Board of Directors for the National New Play Network from 2018-2020, and currently serves on the Executive Committee; serves on the Theatre Communications Group Board of Directors; and is the Chair of the Board of the Gordon Square Arts District Cleveland Improvement Corporation.

This is Raymond Bobgan’s 15th season in the leadership position at Cleveland Public Theatre.