The script calls for six female and four male actors. A production of this play will run less than an hour. This play may be a good choice for directors who are looking for a short play with opportunities for a less-experienced company to explore the art of melodrama, stage combat, and stagecraft (lighting, sound and other special effects).
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Dracula by Steven Dietz closely follows the source material of the novel. The suspenseful story is based on the classic legend of the Transylvanian vampire Dracula. The lead characters in the play work to piece together Dracula’s identity. They make a valiant attempt to stop him from taking new victims.
Dracula is a stage play written by Hamilton Deane in 1924, then revised by John L. Balderston in 1927. It was the first authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. After touring in England, the original version of the play appeared at London's Little Theatre in July 1927, where it was seen.
Fortunately, even though the show is named after the guy, Dracula appears sparingly throughout the play. And a talented technical crew armed with special effects, creative lighting design, suspenseful music cues, seamless changes of scenery, and a scream or two can turn Steven Dietz's Dracula into a Halloween show worth experiencing.
Dracula comprises journal entries, letters, and telegrams written by the main characters. It begins with Jonathan Harker, a young English lawyer, as he travels to Transylvania. Harker plans to meet with Count Dracula, a client of his firm, in order to finalize a property transaction.
In this lesson, we'll go over the main characters in Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, and how they relate to the main themes of the novel. First, we'll go over a few themes so you know what to look for.
The first character to encounter Dracula. At the start of the novel, Jonathan is on a business trip to Transylvania to help Count Dracula to purchase an estate in England. At the time he is unaware of the Count's true nature and it takes an awfully long time, many readers complain, for him to catch on.