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Core presents ‘Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus’ at The Roper!


What makes a man monstrous and a monster human? A tale of playing god and identity lost, Core Theatre Ensemble’s original adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece is resurrected for 3 performances only at the historic Roper Theater in Downtown Norfolk.

One of the first literary works of sci-fi/horror genre, the story presents a frightening premise even in modern times. After discovering the secrets of animating human remains, Victor Frankenstein assembles body parts to create a living monster. As they search for morality and purpose in the world, we follow creation vs. creator down a path of destruction fueled by hate and revenge. The eventual confrontation between them leaves a wake of death and ultimately reduces both to ruins.

CORE Theatre Ensemble is an internationally touring theatre company based in Norfolk, Virginia Since 2007, CORE has performed locally as well as in NYC, Quebec, Belgium, Spain, and Lithuania.

Adults $20.00
Students $10.00
Current TCC Students $5.00 (1 per ID; discount is unlocked by registering on this website with your email address).

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Core presents ‘Antigone’ at The Roper!

Government, God, and Civil Disobedience…
Core is bringing a modern take to an ancient classic for 3 Performances Only!13925492_10208678624716005_3963203639555426116_oDon’t miss this timeless Greek tale presented in an alternate America reality.

As modern Americans, how easy it is for us to take for granted our collective power! How second nature it is that, through the political process, we have both the right and the responsibility to judge if our leaders are protecting the rights that we ourselves have declared “inalienable. ”

These rights were hard won of a bitter war against tyranny, injustice and oppression. Such rebellions against authority, both governmental and familial, have largely defined world history and propelled literature. Antigone, the archetypal story of a young woman’s anguished quest to bury her fallen brother, resonates no less powerfully now than it did 2,500 years ago. It demands of us, as it did of audiences in antiquity, this fundamental question: what costs are acceptable in the pursuit of justice?

This production takes place in the Roper’s special Studio/Stage configuration, in which you are never more than inches from the action. Extremely limited seating is available and performances will sell out.

The production will begin promptly at the time on your ticket. Latecomers will not be seated.

Friday, September 30 @ 8p
Saturday, October 1 @ 8p
Sunday, October 2 @ 8p

General $20
Students $10

Box office opens 1 hour before event time. Advance tickets are available The Roper Theater website.

Friday Night Frights is back in Portsmouth!

This year’s Friday Night Frights in Portsmouth will feature two productions from Core!

October 10th @ 7:00pm: THE POE PROJECT, AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE is back by popular demand from last year’s sold out performance.

The Poe Project is a montage of original adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s works exploring rhythm, imagery, and sounds prevalent in his short stories and poems. Works include The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, Cask of Amontillado, The Bells, and Anabelle Lee among others. Rather than a standard re-telling or recitation of his words, we celebrate his work by transforming them into choral voice, alternative sound, and movement. Run time: 45 minutes.

Laura Agudelo
Edwin Castillo
Nancy Dickerson
Emel Ertugrul
Stage Manager: Christopher Bernhardt


Love lives in dreams; guilt thrives in nightmares. 

The infamous murder case of Lizzie Borden has intrigued America for over one hundred years and is still considered “one of the most diabolical crimes that was ever committed.” Andrew and Abby Borden’s were found axed to death; their daughter Lizzie was arrested and charged mere days later. The case was surrounded with a passionately divided public. Feminists rallied for her, misogynists scoffed at the notion, and the prosecution while showboating their case to prove her guilt, lacked true evidence. Ultimately, Lizzie was acquitted, but whether guilty or innocent, there is always a price to pay. Secrets may be taken to the grave, but they haunt the living and always seem to reside in that place between awake and sleep. Run time: 50 minutes.

Lizzie: Emel Ertugrul
Emma: Nancy Dickerson
Bridget: Steffani Dambruch
Abby: Anna Sosa
Andrew: Paul Costen
George: Christopher Bernhardt
Stage Manager: Edwin Castillo

These shows are geared towards adult audiences — ages 13+ recommended . Parents are asked to use discretion when bringing younger audience members.

FOR TICKETS CALL: 757.393.8543
$5 General admission
These events will SELL OUT. Buy your tickets early.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Annex
420 High St., Portsmouth, VA

Free after 6:00 p.m. on Fridays

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.