April 25, 2001
Dracula Haunts CSUS
California State University, Sacramento
revisits the Victorian-era with a scary and seductive production
of Dracula, May 3 - 13 in the Playwrights' Theatre.
Based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, the CSUS version
of the play is Mac Wellman's adaptation of the vampire myth
and explores the dangers of stepping outside of society's
Directed by CSUS graduate student Robin Henson, Dracula is
a close examination of the conflicted heart of Victorian domesticity.
"Wellmen captured the restraint of the Victorian era
and applied it to modern time, to our lives," Henson
says. "In the play, we deal with the conflict of what
we impose on ourselves, the struggle between what we want
to do and what we are supposed to do."
Henson was attracted to the character-driven play for its
complex dialogue and elaborate plot.
"What I really like is the language in Dracula,"
Henson says. "It takes the idiosyncratic language from
Stoker's novel and puts it right into the play so that the
characters end up having a slightly strange way of saying
things. It's heavy on plot with complicated characters, but
at the same time, you kind of get the feeling that it was
written as escapism for the author as well as the reader."
Dracula plays at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m.
on Sundays. Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students.
Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323
or at Tickets.com, (916) 766-2277. Media assistance is available
by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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