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Contemporary ‘Dracula’ comes alive at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Mary Pickels
The Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company will present Steven Deitz’s 'Dracula' Nov. 15-18.

The Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company will present contemporary playwright Steven Deitz’s “Dracula” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in Ferguson Theater on the 150 Finoli Drive, Hempfield, campus.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and will be available at the door.

The production is part of the company’s overall 2018-2019 season theme of Universal Monsters.

“The theme refers to the monsters depicted in the main stage shows, and implies that those monsters, both appearing in films made by Universal Studios in the 1930s, exist among us in many forms,” Stephen A. Schrum, campus theater director, says in a release.

“These characters — the life-sucking vampire, the servile madman, the inquiring scientist, and the hapless creature cobbled together from various parts — are therefore well-known to us in the world even today,” he adds.

Deitz’s play is based on Bram Stoker’s well-known vampire novel, giving it a more modern structure.

“If someone doesn’t know the film, they probably know a lot about vampires, both dark and sparkly, from contemporary culture, and I wanted to give the audience a few unexpected twists and turns, along with a chill or two,” Schrum notes.

Borrowing from techniques used in 1930s radio drama, the play will be performed with a live musician providing mood music and sound effects.


Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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