PRESENTED WITH: North Hennepin Community College
Designs by Søren: Writer (Adaption), Director, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design
Dracula : Kaz Anderson
Dr. Seward : Zackery Hansen
Renfield : Veronnica Chick
Joanie : Katie Dismang
Mina : Shatha Elkhair
Van Helsing : Nicolle Johnson
Morris : Clara Von Feldt
Written / Directed / Lighting / Sound / Scenery by Søren Olsen
Production Support : Aaron Ojeda
Thanks to: Dolo McComb, Joy Dolo, Irma Mayorga, Leslie McDougall, NCHC IT Team, NHCC Plant Services
I was intrigued by Dracula’s themes of infection, viruses, and fear. I grew further curious about this story when I noticed how Hollywood, General Mill’s cereals, and marketing had stripped away the story and left only a cliché character. I wondered what Dracula, in this pandemic landscape, really wanted to be. I pulled back from the elegance, the gravitas, and the bleakness. I infused fresh humor and lightness, and kept the provocative style of haunting that Dracula classically employs. It seemed more than ever that DRACULA needed to be a manual on how to live in a world of fear and shadow, and still be able to find the light.
This version of DRACULA wound up in a world similar to that of graphic novels. It’s characters speak plainly with their thoughts and feelings right on the surface. The visual world is skewed and altered, creating a space that feels familiar yet strange. The heroes are archetypal and the villain legendary. The story is condensed, the setting focused, and the interpersonal plot unfolds with the presence of the enemy nearby.
This incredible ensemble has worked diligently to adapt and create this production for the here and now. We scratched the old scripts and wrote our own. We worked and re-worked, and persevered through barriers and obstacles as we took on the challenge of producing live theatre once again. We listened to one another, developed trust, found community, and became an organism destined to move beyond our individual weaknesses in order to present a delightful story of strength and villainy to you.