The Parks at Walter Reed is thrilled to welcome back Rorschach Theatre, presenting a fresh adaption of Dracula by Playwright of the Year Kate Hamill, where ferocious women stab at the heart of the patriarchy itself. From the novel by Bram Stoker. “Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really” will take place in the historic [and likely haunted?] firehouse from October 14 to November 6, 2022.
Kate Hamill boldly reimagines Bram Stoker’s classic tale of vampires and finds new monsters just beneath the skin. The gothic tropes of villains who wear evil on their sleeve and damsels in distress are replaced by all-too-human monsters and ferocious women who stab at the heart of the patriarchy itself. A site-specific production, DRACULA will perform in the appropriately haunted historic firehouse at The Parks at Walter Reed.
“The world women inhabit in this loose, rollicking adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel is frightening precisely because it’s not so different from our own… It scares us not with monsters, though it certainly has those, but with the sinister prospect of women’s dehumanization at the hands of men empowered by law and intractable custom. Hamill’s “Dracula” is about the expectation that women will bend themselves to the rigid frame of ladylike behavior, no matter how it deforms them.” – The New York Times
FEATURING Phoenix Cross, Christina Day, Conor Patrick Donahue, Erik Harrison, Bri Houtman, Marissa Liotta, Jessica Ludd, Jolene Mafnas, and Ben Topa.
DESIGNED BY Sarah Markley (Scenic Designer), James Morrison (Lighting Designer), Sydney Moore (Costume Designer), Kenny Neal (Sound Designer)
WITH Caraline Jeffrey (Stage Manager), Casey Kaleba (Fight Choreographer), Emily R Lathrop, PhD (Dramaturg), Adam B. Ferguson (Production Manager).
PRODUCED BY Randy Baker and Jenny McConnell Frederick
Directions: The Fire House is located across from the Arts Plaza at 6810 Cameron Drive, NW
The main gate to the parks is at the corner of Butternut Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW. Once inside the gate, continue on Butternut Street for a couple hundred feet and take your first left. The firehouse will be on your left. Enter the campus at Butternut & Georgia or at Aspen & Cameron.