by John Mattera; based on the book by Bram Stoker
Appropriate for Middle School and Above
- 10/06/2022; 7:30 PM
- 10/07/2022; 10:30 AM
- 10/07/2022; 7:30 PM
- 10/08/2022; 7:30 PM
- 10/09/2022; 2:00 PM
This stage adaptation is closely based on the original, presenting the frightening story that made this a horror classic. The mysterious Count Dracula has gone to England where he is living on a large estate next to an insane asylum run by the incredibly naive Dr. Seward. The others that make up the cast of this thriller include Professor Van Helsing who must convince Dr. Seward that Count Dracula is a vampire; Renfield, a fly-eating lunatic who serves the Count (once too often); beautiful Lucy Westenra, who has an uncanny resemblance to a girl Count Dracula loved over a hundred years ago; Charles, the Westenra family butler whose poor eyesight saves him from being hypnotized; as well as three female vampires!
"A bit of humor, a bit of drama, and a bit of scary made for a whole lot of fun."
Review by Richard Sunny, Franklin Regional SHS, Murrysville, Pa.
"This version has an excellent mix of humor and creepiness!"
Review by Jennifer Henselin, Oshkosh High School North, Oshkosh, WI
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About John Mattera
John Mattera has been writing for Dramatic Publishing since 1980. His full-length adaptation of Dracula continues to be widely produced in the United States and Canada. His other full-length adaptation with Dramatic is Time After Time, from the novel of the same name by Karl Alexander. His other plays with Dramatic Publishing include the one-acts: An Open and Shut Case, Abra Cadaver and Frankenstein. Mattera had the privilege of working with Richard Matheson on producing a stage version of I Am Legend. Another of his’s full-length plays, The Mirror of Dori Gray, won the Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest. Mattera’s other works include numerous short stories: Open Season, Thirst, The Girl in the Bikini, Resusci Annie, Turbulence, Maladjusted, Charades, Monkeys Have Been Known to Die, Better Dead than Norm, The Piano Player Has No Fingers, Bitch, Divine Intervention and Fortune Cookies. He has worked with emotionally disturbed adolescents for most of his adult life and is currently a full-time writer. Mattera is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Horror Writers of America.
About Bram Stoker
Abraham Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish author who is celebrated for his 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as the personal assistant of actor Sir Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre, which Irving owned. In his early years, Stoker worked as a theatre critic for an Irish newspaper and wrote stories as well as commentaries. He also enjoyed traveling, particularly to Cruden Bay where he set two of his novels. During another visit to the English coastal town of Whitby, Stoker drew inspiration for writing Dracula. He died on April 20, 1912, and was cremated in north London. Since his death, his magnum opus Dracula has become one of the most well-known works in English literature, and the novel has been adapted for numerous films, short stories, and plays.