Combustible Company

Monster Heart

Monster Heart
A New Adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Presented by Combustible Company;
Written and Directed by Kym Longhi, and developed with the ensemble
Original Music by Joni Griffith
Featuring: Julianna Drajko, Erik Hoover, Joni Griffith, Anna Pladson and Nick Miller, with Seth Campbell and Madeline Wall

Monster Heart is a dreamlike adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that intertwines Mary and Percy Shelley’s love affair with that of Victor Frankenstein and his Creature in an exploration of what it means to ‘make a monster.’ Blending dramatic text with dynamic physicality, singing and puppetry, this unconventional love story takes the audience on a journey that moves from graveyard to laboratory to society salon, revealing the labor of creation, the quest for immortality, the rejection of the ‘other’ in society, and a struggle to love in the midst of it all.

Show Length: Under two hours, including intermission
Seating begins 20 minutes before, with a 10 minute pre-show; front doors will open 30 minutes before show time
We are keeping capacity at 50%, to allow for social distancing


  • Mask-wearing is mandatory for all attendees.
  • We will require either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the event).
  • The COVID-19 vaccination card must show a completed regimen that concluded at least 14 days before the date of the event.
  • Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test must be shown at time of entry and must match the ticket holders ID.
  • Attendees may present a physical vaccination record card, a physical negative test result, or a digital document on a mobile device (such as a photo image of a vaccination record card or the Docket app).

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Photo credit: Anna Louise Imagery


Date and Time
Fri, Feb 25, 2022 7:30 PM - Combustible Company 1
Sat, Feb 26, 2022 7:30 PM - Combustible Company 1
Sun, Feb 27, 2022 2:00 PM - Combustible Company 1
Pre-show talk with The Bakken curator, Adrian Fischer 1:00-1:30
Mon, Feb 28, 2022 7:30 PM - Pay What You Can
Pick Your Price Night
Thu, Mar 3, 2022 7:30 PM - Combustible Company 2
ASL/AD (American Sign Language Interpreter, Audio Described)
Fri, Mar 4, 2022 7:30 PM - Combustible Company 2
Sat, Mar 5, 2022 7:30 PM - Combustible Company 2