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For Halloween BRCC Drama Department Presents World Premiere of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus”

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October 27-31 in the Patton Auditorium of Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina, the BRCC Drama Department presents the world premiere of a new faithful adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus” by veteran English faculty member Katie Winkler and directed by long-time head of the drama department Jennifer Treadway.

After almost two decades of studying and teaching British literature, Winkler relies on her knowledge of gothic romanticism to adapt this often misrepresented horror classic, basing the work not only on the original novel, but also on supporting texts such as gothic novelist Patrick McGrath’s foreword  for a 2006 edition of “Frankenstein,” Percy Bysshe Shelley’s introduction of the first edition, and Shelley’s famous 1831 introduction, where she writes of the dreams that gave birth to her “hideous progeny.”

Working in collaboration with Winkler, Treadway wishes to pursue the original meaning of Shelley’s work—themes of isolation, discrimination and scientific ethics, as well as the importance of a thoughtful education—while engaging the audience through special effects, classic film clips and original filmed visions of the novel and its iconic monster.

A large cast of 26 BRCC students, some appearing for the first time, as well as a crew made up of current students and alumni, will bring “Frankenstein” to life. Four actors will alternate the lead roles—debuting on the BRCC stage will be Emma Allison and Shelby Focarino as Mary Shelley. Stevie Jones and Thomas Young, who both appeared in the most recent BRCC production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will play the double role of Percy Shelley and Victor Frankenstein. For all performances, the Creature will be played by Early College High School student Reese Giles, who, while new to the BRCC stage, has received training at Flat Rock Playhouse’s Studio 52.   

To coincide with the production, the drama department, in conjunction with the film and video production program at BRCC, is sponsoring the FrankenChallenge 2016--a horror/suspense video competition! Films must be completed before September 30, 2016 and should include the prop, line of dialog, and character announced at the start of the competition. Submissions will be judged by a panel of film and theater professionals - the top three films will screen before every performance of Frankenstein at Blue Ridge Community College. All films will be eligible for an Audience Award - the winner will be announced on Halloween, October 31, the night of the last production. For more information, go to this link www.facebook.com/BRCCdrama

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus” will run from October 27-October 31 with performances starting at 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday, October 30, when show time is 2 p.m. There will be a special performance on Wednesday, October 26, for interested area high school groups, which will include a special effects make-up tutorial and department tour before the show as well as a talk back with cast, crew, director and author after the performance.  The cost is $5 for students, faculty and staff; $7 general admission.

For further information or to reserve tickets, please contact the BRCC drama department at (828) 694-1849 or e-mail js_treadway@blueridge.edu. For more information about the FrankenChallenge 2016, contact the drama department or Charlotte Taylor, director of the BRCC Film and Video Production program, (828) 694-1855 e-mail her at ce_taylor@blueridge.edu.