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Dracula

Bram Stoker, Charles Morey

Narrator Jon Glover, Full Cast, David Selby

Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

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Summary

Before Twilight and True Blood, only one vampire commanded “the children of the night.” In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil - so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire’s lair and pierce his heart with a wooden stake. Program note from Rosalind Ayres, director of  the live performance by L.A. Theatre Works: “For centuries man has dreamed of a life beyond death. Chinese Emperors were buried with clay armies to protect them in the next world. Egyptian Pharaohs were entombed with all the belongings they would need in the afterlife. But how might it be possible to cheat death itself?  Well, try the myth of the Vampire. One who, by constantly drinking the ‘life force,’ the blood of others, could ensure eternal survival.In Charles Morey's dramatization of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, the creed of the Vampire and the Christian belief in 'life everlasting' is juxtaposed.  It's the eternal struggle between good and evil. Plus, the confidence of scientific beliefs and theory, marred only by that uncomfortable shaft of inexplicable fear when something goes 'Bump' in the night.  Enter Dracula...”A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:David Selby as Abraham Van HelsingJohn Glover as RenfieldSimon Templeman as Count DraculaMatthew Wolf as Arthur HolmwoodMoira Quirk as Lucy WestenraLisa O’hare as Mina Murray HarkerNick Toren as Dr. John SewardKarl Miller as Jonathan HarkerAndré Sogliuzzo as Maxwell and othersSheelagh Cullen as Mrs. Westenra and othersDenise Carole as Tart and othersDirected by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
Duration: about 2 hours (01:46:34)
Publishing date: 2011-10-15; Adapted; Copyright Year: 2011. Copyright Statment: —