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Zachary Franczak and Mark Lopez to Star in Frankenstein – A New Musical, for Four Performances

Understudies Franczak, Lopez and Peterson all get there moments in the spotlight, in Art-In-Relation’s Hollywood production, Frankenstein – A New Musical.
( | Press Release | 2016-09-19 07:52:10 )
Frankenstein - A New Musical, with book and lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson, music by Mark Baron and original story adaptation by Gary P. Cohen, the Off Broadway cult-classic, makes its Los Angeles premiere in Hollywood on October 7, 2016. It plays for 19 performances, with a main cast appearing for 15 of those 19 shows. Capturing the loneliness of the monster, the battle between father and son. and the ethos of Gothic Romanticism. A musical. An exploration of desire, obsession and ambition run rampant.

Director Ray Buffer explains, “Jonas (Sills) and I produced this show two years ago in Long Beach, and yes, we felt it was a great vehicle for us to play the two lead roles. We are looking forward to doing it again this time in Hollywood, but we also felt it was important, during this run, to allow some other talent to enjoy playing these roles for a fair amount of performances.” Buffer and Sills will play The Creature and Victor Frankenstein, respectively for 15 performances. Their understudies will each perform for four shows.

Zachary Franczak, a member of Actor’s Equity Association, will appear as Victor Frankenstein opposite main cast member Ray Buffer (The Creature) on Thursday, 10/13 at 8PM, Saturday, 10/15 at 2pm, Friday, 10/21 at 8pm, Sunday, 10/23 at 2pm. Jon Peterson will step into the supporting role of Captain Robert Walton during those four dates.

Franczak is from the San Francisco Bay Area and has been performing on a stage since the age of 12. After studying Musical Theatre at Marin School of the Arts and Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Zachary starting performing in shows around the SF Bay Area. In 2009, he won a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Best Actor Award for his portrayal of ‘Tommy’ in Ray of Light Theatre’s, “The Who’s Tommy.” Zachary recently spent some years in New York to pursue a career on Broadway. San Francisco Regional credits include Anatoly Sergievsky in Willows Theatre’s production of, “Chess the Musical,” Curly McLain in Contra Costa Musical Theatre's production of “Oklahoma!” (Shellie Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award Nomination for Male Principal Performance), Tommy in Ray of Light Theatre Company's production of “The Who's Tommy”(Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award winner for Male Principal Performance), and most recently playing Private Hobart in 42nd Street Moon’s production of “Strike Up the Band”.

Mark Lopez, will appear as The Creature opposite main cast member Jonas Sills (Victor Frankenstein) on Friday 10/14 at 8 pm, Sunday 10/16 at 2 pm, Thursday 10/20 at 8 pm, and Saturday, 10/22 at 2 pm.

A Bay Area born performer that attended the famous De LA Salle high school, Mark Lopez studied theatre at Yale University and the New York Film Academy. Embracing the local theatre community by becoming a member at Theatre Unleashed and most recently performing in the Hollywood Fringe Festival (nominated for Best Musical) in 2016 for A Feast Of Snacks. Mark has a powerful singing voice and is honored to make his Art In Relation debut in the ensemble and as understudy for The Creature.

A story of life, love, Promethean dreams and Faustian horror, Frankenstein explores the full gamut of human experience like no other novel ever written. Forget all you have seen in the movies--this is not a Hollywood scare-fest populated by lumbering ghouls and wild-eyed maniacs. This is Mary Shelley's original, brilliant, romantic terror--a dark vision of what lies at the depths of the human soul and what happens when its full power is unleashed.

“There is love in me the likes of which you've never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied in the one, I will indulge the other.” -Mary Shelley

The Team

Bringing the story to the Complex Theater's "Flight" is a powerful creative team, many doing multiple duties. Director/Producer Ray Buffer also appears as Frankenstein's monster, "The Creature", but is backed up ably by his understudy - Mark Lopez (ensemble) who will appear in at least 4 of the 19 performances as The Creature.

Assistant Director and Stage Manager, Eric Bridges provides calm and organization in a complex production.
Choreographer and ensemble member, Jocelyn Sanchez creates sublime movement that underscores the emotion and delivers surprises and depth.

Jonas Sills not only is the Executive Producer, but Music Director as well as performer, playing Victor Frankenstein. Like Buffer, he is capably backed-up by a talented understudy, Zachary Franczak playing Victor at least 4 out of the 19 performances.
Making up the rest of the dynamic ensemble cast are Jon Peterson (ensemble and understudy for Captain Robert Walton), Ciara D'Anella (Mother), Justin W. Yu – a member of Actor’s Equity Association - (Henry), Kailey Hewitt (Elizabeth), Mallory Staley (Justine), Marc Oka, a member of Actor’s Equity Association - (Blind Man), Colin Eaton & Bradley Bundlie (alternating as Young Victor/William), David Michael Treviño, a member of Actor’s Equity Association - (Father), Megan Makin (Agatha), and additional ensemble, Stephanie Dietz, and Ashley De Silva.

Lily Mitriv is the costume designer, Todd Kramer is providing Lighting Design, Byron Batista will be contributing wig and makeup design, and Eugene McDonald has created the sets. Heidi Ornelas-Sills is the House and Box Office Manager.

Performance dates are October 7th through 30th, 2016 with Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday's performances at 8 pm, and additional matinée performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. The venue is The Complex - Hollywood - Flight Theater, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038. Tickets can be purchased by calling 323-320-2898 or by visiting

"...brings the classic story thrillingly to life."
Julie Reed, Associated Press

"A first-class production."

"What is amazing about this show is how much fun it turns out to be."
Gannett Newspapers

"A big, bellowing hunk of musical manna."
The New York Times

"Riveting! Totally exciting! I hated to see it end!"
Bloomsburg Radio

"A hit! I loved it!"

"The theater ricochets with chills and emotions."

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