Production Requirements & Synopsis

The play require two women, five men, and a non-speaking chorus of between three and seven members called the "Nosferatu." On a unit set that can be slightly altered to represent a numberof locations, the Nosferatu effect the changes in setting as well as participating as forces in the action of the play.

The play opens with a highly symbolic gathering of the still-living principals just after Lucy Westenra's mysterious death at which Dr. Van Helsing collects everyone's journals and letters to study in an attempt to discover the cause of Lucy's demise. From there, in flashback, it chronicles Jonathan Harker's travels to Transylvania and his imprisonment there by his aged client, Count Dracula, as well as Mina Murray's visit to Lucy in Whitby and the beginnings of Lucy's strange disease. We also meet Dr. John Seward, in charge of his own private lunatic asylum, and his star patient, Renfield, who has some interesting views on the nature and source of eternal life. The first act ends back in present time with Van Helsings's conclusion that there is a vampire about and the first confrontation with Dracula himself, now fifty years younger.

In the second act, we watch the struggle of a rather pedestrian good against an attractive evil as the comparatively impotent men attempt to defeat a powerful Dracula who now threatens Mina. Among other excitements are the staking of Lucy, a pair of sensational seductions, the murder of Renfield, a fascinating hynotism scene and a dynamic ending in which virtue triumphs, but not without some interesting implications about the nature of virtue istelf and the relationship of women and men to each other and to society in general.