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'DRACULA’S GUEST' CHECKS INTO TO SALEM THEATRE COMPANY FOR HAUNTED HAPPENINGS
Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette Street Salem will present Dracula’s Guest as its entry for the 2013 Haunted Happenings celebration. Written and directed by Dann Anthony Maurno, the production will run from October 24 – 31, Tuesday through Sunday at 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. There are no performances on Monday, October 28, and there will be a final showing on Saturday November 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Dracula’s Guest captures the “journey into terror” which is the first 60 pages of Bram Stoker’s classic. The production features a unique staging; a Victorian-style reading, with visual and sound effects, and a few magical surprises.
The production is suggested for teens and up.
“This is Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” says Maurno. “Hollywood and pop culture have turned the Count into a tragic anti-hero in search of love; the sexy alternative to plodding Victorian men. That’s not what Stoker had in mind. His Dracula is a warlord in search of the mightiest empire available, which at the time was Great Britain. Stoker’s Dracula didn’t care about love or attraction. He cared about world dominance.”
Maurno believes Dracula is pop culture’s greatest villain. “He’s always on the internet’s Top Ten lists, but deserves top billing. The shark from ‘Jaws’ can tear you limb from limb, Hannibal Lechter can eat your spleen and The Godfather can have you whacked. Only Dracula can damn you to Hell.”
The cast includes Maurno as the Count and Conor Burke as the young Jonathan Harker, both of Salem. Joining them are Maureen Bucell, Matthew Corbo, Emma Goodman and Natalie Miller. Set & Sound Design is by John Fogle, Lighting Design by Gregory Mancusi-Ungaro, Magical Effects are by Evan Northrup.
Tickets for Dracula’s Guest are $15 are available online at www.salemtheatre.com or by calling Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111. Salem Theatre Company performs at the STC Theatre, 90 Lafayette Street in downtown Salem.