Ready for a bit of good, old-fashioned Halloween scariness? Come to the special performance of the radio play “Dracula” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Kiggins Theatre. The Willamette Radio Workshop will recreate it for you on stage with live voice actors and Foley sound-effect artists. Admission is $5 for adults or $3 for children under 12 years old. The Kiggins will open its doors at 6 p.m. to purchase concessions—including wine or beer—and to make yourself comfortable in the beautifully restored 1930s-era theater with comfy leather seats and plenty of drink-holders.
Dracula, the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker, is considered one of the greatest horror novels ever written. Stoker drew inspiration for his novel from tales of Vlad the Impaler, born 1431 into a noble Transylvania family. Vlad impaled his enemies on tall stakes. He was reported to have dined among his victims, and to have eaten bread dipped in their blood. In 1931, archaeologists exhumed his grave and took the skeleton to the History Museum in Bucharest, where it mysteriously disappeared.
In 1938, the Mercury Theatre broadcast Dracula as a radio drama directed by and starring Orson Welles as Count Dracula. This original broadcast of Dracula is the basis for the Re-Imagined Radio performance on Oct. 27. This show is in partnership with WSU’s Creative Media & Digital Culture Program. “Reimagined Radio” is a project of Radio Nouspace and is focused on the re-creation of legendary radio dramas in front of live audiences.
Above image: Bela Lugosi as Dracula in the 1931 film adaptation.