Adapted by Emily Karel
One Night Only: Tuesday October 20th
On October 20th Tiny Mayhem Performance Lab Co-Producer, Emily Karel, will present selected scenes from her original adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
With this adaptation, Miss Karel seeks to remain as faithful to the tone and character of Stoker’s novel as possible. “You think you know Dracula, but unless you’ve read the novel, you have no idea.” says Karel. “This is a truly frightening story. You are not safe, no matter what you do. As Mina says, ‘Everything that one does seems, no matter how right it may be, to bring on the very thing which is most to be deplored.’” Karel continues, “Dracula and the other characters in the story are often portrayed as camp-archetypes. With this adaptation, I want to humanize the humans and make the monster monstrous again.” Karel explains that a production of the complete play will be staged in Seacoast, NH in October, 2016.
Dracula tells the story ordinary people faced with an extraordinary enemy. After a business trip to Transylvania, a young solicitor named Jonathan Harker finds that he has unwittingly unleashed the ancient and unspeakably evil Count Dracula on ‘modern’ England. Now, with the help of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, Harker, his wife Mina, and their friends must defeat the monster before he destroys everything they hold dear.
Directed by Emily Karel and Brett Reis, the preview of Dracula features Jimmy Stewart as Jonathan Harker, Ben Tylka as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, Brett Reis as R.M. Renfield, Kolby Hume as Lucy Westenra, Emily Karel as Mina Harker, Shay Willard as Dr. John Seward and a special appearance by Daisy Spear.
Dracula was written by novelist Bram Stoker and published in 1897. It remains one of the most popular horror stories of all time and has been re-imagined countless times in literature and media. Stoker’s novel has inspired several stage and film adaptations, most notably Murnau’s 1921 film Nosferatu and Todd Browning’s 1931 film Dracula starring Bella Lugosi in the title role.