Breaking Cover is a rehearsed reading series offered though a partnership between Red Deer Players and the Red Deer Public Library. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer’s Breaking Cover play-reading series wraps up first season with ‘Frankenstein’

Red Deer Players, library will co-present June 9 rehearsed reading of new script

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein will spring to spine-chilling life at the Red Deer Public Library.

Actors will be performing a heightened reading of a new script, adapted by Andrew G. Cooper from the classic horror novel, at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, in the Snell Auditorium.

Frankenstein tells the Gothic tale of a young scientist who seeks to create new life, but instead becomes haunted by the grotesque monster he animates.

Obsessed with discovering the secrets of science and nature, Victor Frankenstein discovers that some things should not be attempted as he gives rise to an undead creature one dark night.

The play becomes a battle — not only between the scientist and the monster he creates — but also against the demons in himself.

This will be the final installment of the season for Breaking Cover, an innovative and interactive initiative created by Red Deer Players and the Red Deer Public Library.

The rehearsed reading series was first created through a partnership with the Friends of the Library as a way of workshopping scripts-in-progress by Alberta playwrights, with the help of experienced Red Deer actors and directors.

So far, plays by Blaine Newton, Albert Azzara, David Haas and Caroline Russell-King have been read.

​A discussion following the performance provides an opportunity for the playwright to see how the new work is received through audience feedback

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations can be made at the door.

Interested local playwrights are invited to submit their works for consideration to reddeerplayers.com for season two.

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