Each cast member brought their characters to life, however two actors stand out: Kristin Atherton portrayed Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
exactly as I felt she should be - ambitious and adventurous, with passion in her core - while Shannon Tarbet provided an excitingly energetic Jane "Claire" Clairmont, with character traits that match those commonly known to have been displayed by Clairmont herself.
In the summer of 1816, when a young Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
joined Percy Shelley at Lord Byron's villa in Switzerland and participated in a short story writing contest, she could not have known the impact her creation would have in the United States in the present.
On the night of June 16, 1816, in a villa in Cologny overlooking Lake Geneva, English poet Lord Byron and his guests Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
, Shelley's wife-to-be, were seated round the fire reading scary stories aloud.
At the time of his death he was working on an ambitious monograph entitled "Geneva in 1816: A Group Biography," a study of Lord Byron, Claire Clairmont, Matthew Gregory Lewis, John William Polidori, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
(later Shelley), and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
A Defence of the Character and Conduct of the Late Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
(London: Wallis, 1803), in Lives of the Great Romantics III: Godwin, Wollstonecraft, & Mary Shelley By their Contemporaries, 3 vols.