Dracula (1996 play)

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Dracula (1996 play)

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Dracula

Written by
Steven Dietz

Characters
Count Dracula
Jonathan Harker
Mina Harker
Abraham Van Helsing
Lucy Westenra
Dr. John Seward
Renfield
Brides of Dracula

Original language
English

Genre
Horror

Setting
England, Transylvania

Dracula is an adaptation, first published in 1996, by American playwright Steven Dietz of Bram Stoker’s novel by the same name.[1] Though it has never run on Broadway, the author lists it among his most financially successful works, and it is frequently performed near Halloween in regional and community theaters.[2] Closely following the plot of the novel, the play chronicles Count Dracula’s journey to England, his stalking of two young women, and his pursuit and eventual defeat by the heroines’ suitors and their associates.

History[edit]
Style and fidelity[edit]
While all of Stoker’s major plot points are present in Dietz’s adaptation, they are not presented in the same order. While the novel presents its various journal entries and letters in roughly chronological order, Jonathan Harker’s initial trip to Transylvania and his stay in Dracula’s castle are presented as flashbacks in the play.
Dietz’ version is not campy, though the character Renfield is used to provide some comic relief. Dietz emulates Stoker’s use of language, and incorporates fragments of Stoker’s original dialog, both in and out of its original context.
The only major characters not appearing on-stage are two of Lucy Westenra’s three suitors, Quincey Morris and Arthur Holmwood. Both are mentioned in dialog between Lucy and Mina, however, and the remaining suitor, Dr. John Seward, sometimes serves as a composite character of three.[3]
Deviations from the novel[edit]

Renfield serves as a narrator, delivering a prologue and epilogue.[4]
There are only two Brides (called “Vixens”) scripted, though the number cast in individual productions varies.[5][6]
Dracula’s voyage is described, rather than staged, in a conversation between Seward and Dracula, who is posing as Harker.

Synopsis[edit]
Act 1[edit]
The first section of the play follows Lucy Westenra’s search for love while she listens to her best friend, Mina Murray, describe her passion for her fiance, Jonathan Harker. Lucy eventually falls fo