Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Season Opens with DRACULA
"The last I saw of Count Dracula was...a red light of triumph in his eyes" Dracula at the Long Beach Playhouse Sept. 23 - Oct. 21, 2017 Long Beach, CA. As autumn begins our thoughts turn to the holiday most revered by children and by adults who refuse to grow up: Halloween. And what is Halloween without the infamously lusty and bloodsucking Count Dracula? The classic story unfolds as we watch Lucy Seward succumb to a mysterious illness which is draining her life force, her father and his long-time associate, Dr. Van Helsing hunt the true cause of her malady, a vampire stalking London. Watch the chase as the undead terrify the countryside. Will the virtuous triumph or will Dracula succeed in spreading the curse of the Nosferatu?
"We're doing the 1924 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. It was the first authorized adaptation and was done by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston. It's the best known version thanks to Bela Lugosi," said Madison Mooney, Playhouse Executive Director.
"Even with a classic, there's room for creativity. That's why we chose James Rice as the director," said Sean Gray, Playhouse Artistic Director. "He's got an impressive resume that includes shows all over southern California.
"Earlier this year he directed our production of Neil Simon's Rumors. It was wonderful. I trust him to get as much as possible from the script, the actors and the sound and lighting designers. And he knows how to get the most from a stage with an audience on three sides."
Greg Fritsche is the set designer which means the detail and visual impact will be stunning. His sets are the perfect backdrop for his wife Donna's costume creations. Returning actors include: Stephen Alan Carver, Lee Samuel Tanng, Christian Jordan Sinner, Deva Marie Gregory and Tom Metcalf. Making their debuts are Alexandra Burke and Geraldine Fuentes. Julian Bremer is making his indoor debut, having performed in the Playhouse production of A Midsummer's Night Dream in Shakespeare in the Park last year.
The show opens September 23 and runs through October 21.
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THIS PLAY:
- Pay what you can Thursday Sept 21 - community can see this production for whatever they can afford
- Two for One Preview Friday Sept 22 - Tickets are $10.00
- Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on Sept 23 - Tickets are $27.00
Friday: Adults are $20.00, Seniors $18.00, and Students $14.00Saturday and Sunday: Adults are $24.00, Seniors $21.00, and Students $14.00.
Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.
To request an interview with the director, cast members or reserve your media tickets to this performance, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees.