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Meet the Artist: Walter Coppage


The next installment in our 940 Family Theatre Series brings Mary Shelly’s beloved literary classic Frankenstein to the stage with a spooky, yet charming, original script by Ric Averill. One of many talents bringing this ‘electrifying’ story to life is Kansas City actor Walter Coppage. Coppage reprises the role of The Professor; a character he first took on when the play first opened at the prestigious The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City. The Professor is Victor Frankenstein’s science instructor and is vehemently against Victor’s interest in re-animation. He is blind due to an experiment gone wrong concerning re-animation and this element adds layers of rich material for the veteran actor to draw from.

Coppage has appeared with The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, The Coterie, KC Actors Theatre and The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. He is a founding member of KC Actors Theatre, an Advisory Board member for The KC FilmFest and KC Jubilee and is The Unicorn Theatre’s Actor Ambassador for the National New Play Network.

He has also won principal roles in feature film and television, including the lead in James Ellroy’s Stay Clean and costarring in the mini series Gone In The Night (CBS), The Only Witness (Lifetime), All Roads Lead Home (Showtime), More than Puppylove (Showtime), A Deadly Vision (ABC), Truman (HBO), and the indies, Suspension, The Only Good Indian and Last Ounce of Courage. He recently completed work on the feature films, Destination: Planet Negro! , Jayhawkers and the featurette, State Of The Union.

Frankenstein performs October 21 & 22  at 7:30 PM,  October 23 at 4 PM, October 28 & 29 at 7:30 PM and October 30 at 4 PM. Costumes are welcome and tickets are on sale here.