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Upstage Artists Returns to Live Performances with Frankenstein

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Actors gather for the table read of UpStage Artists production of Frankenstein

After an almost 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic, UpStage Artists, one of our community partners, is returning to live performances this October with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Frankenstein is adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel by Baltimore playwright Mark Scharf. The play is about Captain Walton, who is on an Arctic expedition when he finds and saves Victor Frankenstein from the cold. Frankenstein had been pursuing the Creature he created and brought to life. Having learned of Frankenstein’s travails, Walton retells the tale of the monster’s creation and the resulting mayhem as the story, like the creature, comes alive onstage. This thrilling stage adaptation by award-winning playwright Mark Scharf retains all the dread, anguish and heart of the original story.

The cast is a diverse group of individuals ranging in age from as young as 10 to as young at heart as 70. All actors are local to Beltsville and its surrounding areas. The show will be directed by Rick Bergmann and will be performed in the Fellowship Hall at Emmanuel.

Because of Covid, UpStage will be taking many precautions. All audience seats will be spaced 6 feet apart, audience members must wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination. Also, there will be no food or drinks sold at the performances and all ticket transactions will be cashless. If necessary, the actors will perform in masks as well.

Frankenstein will have 3 performances, October 29 and 30 at 7 pm and October 31 at 3 pm. Tickets will be $10 each and will go on sale in early October at If you have any questions, you can always contact Rick Bergmann at So, come out and join UpStage for this wonderful Halloween treat!

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