April 10-12 & 17-19, 2008

Written by Steven Dietz from the novel by Bram Stoker
Directed by Professor David Fox

This new adaptation by Steven Dietz restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage. Sensual, sinister, and blood-soaked, the play paints a fresh and truly frightening picture of the infamous vampire.

Weber Theatre, Watson Fine Arts


DraculaAdam Wilson ’11
RenfieldPatrick McCormick ’10
MinaKatherine Abraham ’09
LucyMeghan Kenny ’08
HarkerJay Spriggs ’09
SewardZachary LeClair ’09
VanHelsingZachary Jackson ’08
AttendantsSean Clarke ’10
Danny Hoffman ’09
MaidEmily Karelitz ’10
VixensNicole Beal ’08
Emily Karelitz ’10
Anna Walsh ’09


DirectorDavid Fox
Costume & Set Designer
Clinton O’Dell
Sound Designer & Sound Board Operator
Chris Romilly ’09
Technical Director & Co-Lighting Designer
David Cook
Co-Lighting Designer & Assistant Stage Manager
Mia Khayat ’09
Dialect, Movement & Stage Combat Coach Candice Brown
Properties Manager
Sarah Baline ’08
Stage ManagerNicole Beal ’08
Assistant Stage ManagerTheresa Giannetti ’10
Master ElectricianAmy Hopkinson ’09
ElectricsAkeem Layne ’09
Set ConstructionAndrea Bravo ’09
David Harding ’08
Zachary Jackson ’08
Whitney Johnson ’08
Conor Landenberger ’08
Chris Romilly ’08
AnimationNick Johansen ’08
Conor Landenberger ’08
Light Board OperatorVernal Bailey ’09
StagehandAndrew Durocher ’09
CostumersKim Bellush ’09
Mia Khayat ’09
Wardrobe MistressHeather Lobitz ’08
Wardrobe MaintenanceKelly Mount ’11
DressersHeloise De Mil ’09
Peter Ginsbury ’08

Director’s Notes

Of all the monsters, Dracula is my particular favorite. He intrigues me the most. He scares me the most. For me, he is the most real, and that reality all spins on blood: the need for blood, the giving of blood, the taking of blood, the spilling of blood, sacrificial blood, pure blood, tainted blood, the passing of blood from one generation to the next. Myth, science, religion, and literature pulse with its presence. In every sense of the term, it is in our veins. Blood sustains us and saturates our subconscious.

The production of Dracula you will see tonight is calculated to please in an honest and humane fashion. Wherever possible, we have eliminated cheap theatrics and threadbare stereotypes. Instead, we dare you to ask what if? Where is the reality, the heartbeat in this all-too-familiar storyline? Hopefully, we have preserved the integrity of Bram Stoker’s magnificent 1897 novel and done service to the impressive 1995 stage adaptation by Steven Dietz. The charge to actors and designers from the beginning has been to avoid camp, to make it personal, to reckon with the figure-different for everyone-that is Dracula.

And finally, a thought on relevance. The ghost of the supposed madman Renfield remarks in his epilogue that “There are dark imaginings in the world” – an utterance as true today as ever. Therapy and pharmaceuticals may sooth us some, but there is always something lurking just outside our bedroom windows that threatens to invade our sleep and devour our peace of mind. Assign to it whatever name you wish, but the fear and anxiety are real. We are never free of Dracula. He occupies us. He’s in the blood.

Poster for Dracula, spring 2008