October 24 - October 31, 2013
Salem Theatre Company will present Dracula’s Guest as their entry for the 2013 Haunted Happenings celebration.
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.”.