was written for performance on a small to medium stage where the audience can be close to the action in order to maximize fright.
There is little to no romance and all of the special effects can be accomplished with minimal technology.
Although vampire legends existed before he wrote this book, Stoker created what has become the most well-known version of a vampire - a version that still persists through literature and film today. Balderston was first copyrighted in 1927, thirty years after the publication of Stoker’s novel.
By then, the world was familiar enough with Stoker's story and main character, but audiences could still be scared by and unfamiliar with the details of the notorious vampire's "life." A modern audience will enjoy this play out of nostalgia and a love its classic, campy, film noir feel, whereas the original audiences of the 1930s showed up for love of horror and a night of being frightened.
The Attendant is a man of poor education and background who took the job at the sanatorium out of necessity and now deeply regrets it. Seward, Harker, and Van Helsing, but each night brings her closer to becoming a vampire herself. Balderston wrote 37 pages of production notes that can be found in the back of the script.
He gets blamed for all of Renfield’s escapes and is spooked by the strange goings-on at the sanatorium. This section includes everything from set design layouts to a lighting plot, detailed costume designs, blocking suggestions, and reproductions of newspaper promotional blurbs: (Because the notes correspond to technology available in a 1930s production, they remain practical and easily implemented in a theater with a small budget or a high school stage or other venue without access to fly space or backstage area.) can be produced in the style of Film Noir or Melodrama and include many comedic moments.Seward who runs the sanatorium down the road from Count Dracula's recently acquired castle.In the play, Van Helsing, Harker and Seward need to track down and sanctify only 6 coffins filled with grave dirt instead of the 50 in the novel. Seward's library instead of the novel’s multiple locations in London, aboard ships between Great Britain and Europe, and in castles in Transylvania.Most importantly, the time period of the play was updated to the 1930s to include technological advances such as the invention of the airplane that would allow Dracula to travel from Transylvania to England in one night to avoid the sun.This update accommodated the skepticism of a new generation and placed the audience in clear and present danger of a monster roaming their city in present time.He has traveled the world and seen things most people only hear about in myths and legends. This corruption has led him to eat bugs and small animals believing that their life essence will prolong his own.He can shift from behaving calmly normal to ravingly strange in the space of a few words.Lucy is a beautiful girl who loves her father and fiancé. The main characters are unaware of who or what Count Dracula is for so long that it becomes humorous to an audience, despite the seriousness of the characters.There are many opportunities for a production to have fun and make exciting choices with this classic horror play.Together they descend into the catacombs to sink a stake into the Count’s undead heart.Dracula appears to be around age 50, although his true age is closer to 500.