Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA

Actors Theatre of Louisville and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are thrilled to announce the return of Fifth Third Bank's Dracula, in the Bingham Theatre from September 7-October 31, 2018. With fangs bared and eyes aglow, Louisville's favorite vampire is back! Based on Bram Stoker's gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count and his unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense-and even more blood.

For over 20 years, Actors Theatre has brought this exhilarating, high-stakes vampire adventure to Louisville audiences. This fall's production is particularly notable as Drew Fracher, Actors Theatre veteran director and fight choreographer, comes aboard as director. Fracher shares, "This show presents such unique challenges, from finding a little freshness to the staging to incorporating new scares, thrills and chills. Audiences will see something of a new take on certain characters and those familiar with the production will spot some fun new things happening."

This season promises to be Louisville's most thrilling fright-fest yet, featuring both new and familiar faces. Santino Craven dons the Count's infamous cloak, opposite Actors Theatre veteran Grant Goodman (In The Next Room, or the vibrator play) in the role of Van Helsing.

Local favorite Neill Robertson will return as the notorious Renfield, a role for which he won the 2018 Arts-Louisville/Broadway World "Best Actor in a Play" award. Louisville audiences might also recognize Crystian Wiltshire (Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Know Theatre of Cincinnati), who will join the company as the dashing Jonathan Harker. Kurt Uy and Rin Allen join the cast as Dr. Seward and Lucy, respectively.

Local young actors Brylee Deuser, Ella Jenkins, Vaughn Ramirez and Austin Ramirez return to the stage as the Undead Children. Members of the 2018-2019 Professional Training Company round out the ensemble: David Ball, Silvia Daly Bond, Rebby Foster, Rasell Holt, Kevin O'Connell, Jonathan Moises Olivares, Kayla Peters, Angelica Santiago and Julian Socha.

The creative team features scenic design by Paul Owen, lighting design by Tony Penna, costume design by Lorraine Venberg, sound design by Benjamin Marcum and media design by Philip Allgeier.

To mark the beginning of Louisville's spookiest season, Actors Theatre will host its annual Dracula Blood Drive in partnership with Fifth Third Bank and the American Red Cross on September 5, from 10 a.m. - 3p.m., at Fifth Third Bank's location in Fourth Street Live! Participants can enjoy snacks and giveaways on-site, alongside special guests from the company of Fifth Third Bank's Dracula.

Performances will run from September 7 - October 31. Actors Theatre is committed to providing an accessible theatre-going experience and offers an audio described performance on September 16 and an open captioned performance on October 6 during the run of Dracula. For more information on our facilities and all services offered, visit ActorsTheatre.org.

Tickets are now on sale to the public and are priced from $35. Tickets can be purchased by calling The Actors Theatre Box Office at 502.584.1205 or online at ActorsTheatre.org. Special ticket rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 502.585.1210.

Dracula is made possible in part by support from Fifth Third Bank. Additionally, Actors Theatre's educational outreach for Dracula is made possible by Yum! Brands Foundation and their sponsorship of Actors Theatre's Student Matinee Series.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Cast of DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
David Ball and Kayla Peters in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Grant Goodman and Neill Robertson in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Grant Goodman and Rin Allen in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Jonathan Moises Olivares in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Kurt Uy and Kayla Peters in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Neill Robertson in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Rin Allen and Crystian Wiltshire in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Santino Craven and Crystian Wiltshire in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Santino Craven and Rin Allen in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Santino Craven and Silvia Bond in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

Photo Flash: Actors Theatre Presents Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA
Santino Craven in DRACULA, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Roberts.

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