Nashville Repertory Theatre will perform a staged reading of Nate Eppler’s Good Monsters on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This play will be presented as a fully-staged premiere production by “The Rep” in February.
The reading will allow the public to hear the script and offer input, according to a release from the professional troupe. This input is incredibly valuable to the process, allowing Nashville Rep to assess what messages and situations in the script make the biggest impact with audiences. The script contains adult themes and language and is therefore intended for mature audiences only.
Good Monsters tells the story of Frank, a Gulf War veteran and police officer who moonlights as a security guard to make ends meet. Safira was a shoplifter. It was dark. Frank thought she had a gun. She didn’t. Now Frank’s the guy who shot an unarmed teenager, with ramifications for his wife, his best friend, Safira’s father, and a media spin doctor looking for a story. While he waits for the grand jury, Safira haunts Frank every night and soon she begins to make terrifying demands of him.
This psychological drama explores how human beings maneuver through earth-shattering tragedy, with intense focus on the human side of a situation gone horribly wrong. While challenging audience members to question their preconceptions of good and bad (whatever they may be) this emotional play transcends predictable notions on both sides of the political/social divide as it draws humanity to the forefront.
The cast of Good Monsters includes Megan Murphy Chambers (Josie), David Compton (Zell), Alexandra Huff (Zero), Carey Van Driest (Darlene), Nathaniel McIntyre (Frank), R. Alex Murray (Dumptruck). Good Monsters is directed by Nashville Rep’s Producing Artistic Director Rene Copeland.
The reading of Good Monsters will include a post-show discussion with audience, cast, playwright, and director and is free for Nashville Rep Members; donations are welcome from other attendees. Reservations should be made online by clicking here. The event will be held in Nashville Rep’s rehearsal hall: Studio A at Nashville Public Television, located at 161 Rains Ave.
Good Monsters was written by Eppler as part of The Rep’s Ingram New Works Project two years ago. The situations and controversies in the plot were met with strong debate and emotion by those who attended the readings of that earlier draft of the script. Here’s video of one of those readings: