Director's Note for the Bradley Playhouse presentation of Dracula
Since it was published in 1897, Dracula has inspired numerous interpretations on stage and film. We have seen serious Draculas, debonair Draculas, heinous, hideous and humorous Draculas; Draculas on television and breakfast cereal boxes. Dracula continues to charm, attract and fascinate us with his seeming immunity to our rigid social norms while repelling us at the same time. With this interpretation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, we hope to reclaim the original sense of Dracula as an all too uncomfortable reminder of our own conflicted nature. Dracula may not see himself in the mirror, but we may see ourselves in him.
During the production of this play, we were forced to relocate to the Little Theatre in Killingly Community Center. With barely more than two weeks to go, we dismantled the set built on the Bradley stage and reimagined and rebuilt it on the Little Theatre’s stage-no small task. I wish to thank the cast and crew of Dracula for all of the patience, determination and ingenuity they have demonstrated during this challenging transformation. I am also grateful to the Little Theatre, and especially Trace Wood-Waggoner, Allegra Plantier and Nick Magrey for their generosity and support. It has been a pleasure working with all of these talented people. A director could not ask for more.
Here is an interview done in Putnam
This is a clip of Dracula's dramatic exit!