Sink your teeth into one of these ‘Dracula’ stagings
From MD Theatre Guide:
Rorschach’s “Dracula” delivers the feminist revenge fantasy it promises with a witty, relentless, and bloody satisfying attack on the patriarchy. Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, playwright Kate Hamill turns the tables on the classic tale’s unquestioned male dominance and female victimhood with an uncompromising commitment to exposing the absurdity of gender stereotyping.
In Hamill’s “Dracula,” absolute authority no longer resides in men or a male God in heaven, making crucifixes, ecclesiastic paraphernalia, and the random garlic bulb powerless to scare off vampires. Rather, salvation rests solely with those who can get the job done, which happen to be two women of color—Dr. Van Helsing (Phoenix Cross), a medical doctor dressed for a shoot-out at the O.K. Corral, and Mina Harker (Jessica Ludd), a pregnant woman with a rare gift for slaying the bloodthirsty parasites. Director Rebecca Rovezzi has assembled a cast that includes some of Washington’s most gifted actors. Phoenix Cross plays a dazzling Van Helsing, with the perfect combination of grit, determination, and brilliant comic timing.
The venue is an abandoned fire station on the former Walter Reed medical campus that Set Designer Sarah Markley has transformed into yet another remarkable Rorschach theatrical installation. For years, the Rorschach Theatre Company has been providing some of the most imaginative and enlightening theatre around, and this production is no exception. Go see “Dracula” before it vanishes into the night forever.
Running Time: Approximately two hours and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
“Dracula, A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really” runs through November 6, 2022 at the Firehouse at the Parks at Walter Reed (located across from the Arts Park) at 6810 Cameron Drive, NW Washington, DC 20012. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. COVID Safety: Masks are required.
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