Shadows Round the Moon

Kate Burton Stars as “Frankenstein” Author, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, in a Brilliant Reading of “Shadows Round the Moon”



At age 16, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley ran off with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, never mind that he was a married man.

In time, they wed, but not until after his wife’s suicide. And by the time Mary Shelley was 25, he’d drowned during a storm at sea. 

The young author lost three of her four children before they reached age four, and her own mother died shortly after Shelley was born. Clearly death came early and often in early 19th century Europe.

So it is not so surprising that Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus” – about resurrecting the dead – struck a nerve within the 1818 book-reading public and became an immediate success. Her book, which she originally conceived at age 19, is now considered one of the first great books of science fiction.

Thanks to Kate Burton’s brilliant reading of Janice Kennedy’s riveting one-woman play, “Shadows Round the Moon,” held at the Actors Gang Ivy Substation in Culver City, many of us learned about Shelley’s life with all its tragedies. Produced by Kennedy, an award-winning playwright, and Laura Shapiro, the reading – followed by a Q&A and reception – benefited Women In Film. 

The daughter of Richard Burton and Sybil Burton, Kate Burton has numerous theater, film and television credits, and currently appears as Vice President Sally Langston on TV’s “Scandal.”   

Photo: Playwright Janice Kennedy, left, and actress Kate Burton at a reception following a reading of the one-woman play, “Shadows Round the Moon”



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Shadows Round the Moon

Published Nov. 29, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA