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Art & Literary Festival

Special Events

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein

Joslyn Castle’s annual Art & Literary Festival returns September 30-October 10, showcasing author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and her iconic Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein! The two-week festival will take on a new and exciting direction with in-person performances being staged outdoors on the 1903 Castle grounds featuring a unique, intimate theatrical adaptation of Shelley’s masterpiece.

While embracing a different perspective, audience members will be guided from one location to another as the story transitions from Act 1 to Act 2. The intermission break will feature an art display inside the Castle. 


Performance Dates:

September 30-October 2 and October 7-9

Two seatings each evening at 7:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

30 guests per seating



General Admission $25

Joslyn Castle Keyholders $22.50

Students $15

*Reservations are required*

Hot drinks, beer, and wine will be available at the cash bar.


COVID Restrictions: Masks will not be required for the outdoor portion of the event, but will be required during the intermission inside the Castle. Additionally, guests will be socially distanced during each performance.



The performance schedule will be augmented with FREE lectures and a writing contest.

We are proud to announce the Shelley/Frankenstein scholar, Dr. Kristin Marie Girten, Associate Professor of English at UNO, will present lectures at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30 and Thursday, October 7.

Email your submission to and label as Flash Contest (Adult) or Flash Contest (Teen) in the subject line. 

Lit Fest runs from September 30 - October 9