"I want your fear. For your fear, like a current,
rushes through your body. Your fear makes your heart pound, it renders
your veins rich and full. Your fear hemorrhages deliciously within
you." This adaptation restores the suspense and seduction of Bram
Stoker's classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert
his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the
clues of his appearances—in a valiant attempt to save themselves
from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints
a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.
By Steven Dietz
From the novel by Bram Stoker
John Corr as Renfield
Jeanine Brotherston as Mina
Andrea Frassoni as Lucy
Casey Preston as Harker
Eric Jarrell as Seward
Russ White as Dracula
Michael Krikorian as Van Helsing
Tessa Raum as Vixen/Attendant
Robin Neill as Vixen/Maid
Rob Rainer as Waiter/Attendant
You can read the full text of the original novel by Bram
Stoker by clicking
More information on Dracula in its many incarnations can
be found at The
Dracula Guide or on Wikipedia.
Director: Glen Eric Reed
Assistant Director: Cheryl Balas
Producer: Marianne DiNenno
Dramaturge: Amy Dickinson
Lighting Design: Mike Fitzgerald
Sound Design: Jim Balcerek
Music Design: Jim Balcerek, Glen Eric Reed
Set Design: Steve DiNenno
Costume Design: Candace Upton
Master Carpenter: Rob Walsh
Stage Manager: Rob Rainer, Tessa Raum
Not a lot of people know it, but I’m quite a
superstitious person. And theatre brings it out in me. I have many of my
own theatre superstitions, and more often than not, I abide by the
traditional ones: I won’t be wishing the actors in this show “good
luck,” won’t be peering from behind the curtain during a show, and
won’t likely be whistling backstage. And you definitely won’t hear
me mention Shakespeare’s Scottish Play in the theatre (it makes me
nervous just putting it in these notes, even without specifying the
forbidden name itself).
But should I slip up, I think this show has a number of things on its side to counteract.
If you weren’t already aware, this building has a bat
in residence. I’ve been involved in several shows here, and attended
several more. I’ve been hearing about this bat for years, but had
never seen it. When I was on stage for Rumors, awaiting an entrance, the
bat allegedly swooped down over the stage ... I was blissfully unaware.
At the very first rehearsal of Dracula, I came early, sat down, and something caught my eye overhead. I looked up, and the bat swooped by and flew off to the rafters. The
appropriateness boggles the mind.
A few weeks ago, I threw a party at my house, to which I invited the Dracula cast and crew along with other friends. At one point
during the night, as a few of us were talking outside, I noticed a bat had attached itself to the brick of the outside wall. And despite it being the middle of the night, this nocturnal animal was just hanging there, listening to the conversation.
And as if bats weren’t enough, this build-ing held
something for 18 years that’s bound to bring a production such as this
tons of luck: the haunted theatre. From 1980 to 1997, the Barn ran an
extremely successful haunted theatre each year. Many people carry many
happy memories of this annual event.
Since the last haunted theatre, there have been
near-full sheets of plywood, with various frightening images painted on
them, sitting in the theatre’s basement. It seems shows in subsequent
years have been almost scared to use them. I was thrilled to make use of
them throughout our set. I like to think we have a little piece of the
haunted theatre in our production, bringing us the final bit of luck we
may need. Here’s hoping I’m right, and that we live up to the
frightfully good reputation the haunted theatre had for many years.
Enjoy the show!