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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 conventional boundaries.

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, (916) 766-2277. Media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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