'Dracula' at West Kingston's Courthouse Center


Elegant and evil, Dracula stalks the Courthouse Center for the Arts in a contemporary stage production adapted by Geoffrey Hitch and directed by Richard Ericson. Performances begin Thursday, Oct. 10 and sprint toward a week of special Halloween shows. Closely based on the original novel by Bram Stoker, this Dracula is not for the faint of heart, and those afraid of the dark, must have faith that it’s darkest before the light.

Set in Transylvania and London, “Dracula” follows young solicitor Jonathan Harker to the depths of vampire country, where he innocently unleashes the undead on his fiancée, Mina, and her closest friend, the wealthy young Lucy Westenra. Chaos and terror vie for supremacy as the virtuous are tested and found wanting.

Wanting Count Dracula, that is, the dark coachman himself, the source of evil and lasting torment. He seduces with abandon – Lucy, Mina, Renfield, Harker himself – and his kisses are forever. Some victims are fed, some fed upon, others merely extinguished. Can the light banish this force of dark sensuality? Dr. Abraham Van Helsing and his young acolyte Dr. John Seward bet their lives that it can. See for yourself.

This production is voluntarily rated R; no one under 17 admitted without parent.

“Dracula” is a professional theater production at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Rd., West Kingston. Performances will be held Oct. 12-31, Wednesdays through Saturdays at p.m., Thursday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $25 with group, senior and student discounts available. Call the box office at 782-1018 or visit www.courthousearts.org for tickets and information. The Courthouse has ample on-site parking and is handicapped accessible.

“Dracula” will run in conjunction with “The Haunted Courthouse,” a special Halloween event. The Courthouse Center will be transformed into Dracula’s castle, and legendary Rhode Island vampire Mercy Brown is the host. It begins Oct. 6, Tuesdays through Sundays 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and show packages and group discounts are available.


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