PCC theatre arts presents
Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Directed by Nancy Davis Booth, this experienced cast of Pima theatre students is willing to push their personal boundaries of character development and understanding. Though the story is the same, this production is definitely not your grandma's Dracula. The familiar tale is given an edgier, darker twist with stylized steampunk appearances and seductive undertones thrilling the audience as they sit on the edge of their seats and look cautiously over their shoulders.
"Our interpretation is deeply psychological," says Booth. "Dracula is a composite of what we all repress, must acknowledge, learn to live with, control or expunge, whether it be sexuality, addiction or trauma. The shame of the truth is what creates and fuels Dracula. He is the projection of our repressions."
The intimate space of the Black Box Theatre is set with the audience on opposite sides drawing them into the action. Todd Poelstra's gorgeous Gothic and Art Nouveau set, with a floor patterned with the Fibonacci spiral, is enhanced by new technical wizardry including multiple video projectors, eight speakers and special vortex effects created with lighting, fans and fog. "With all of these innovative special effects, we are exploring new ways to control fundamental energy," says Poelstra.
Booth, who has directed several award winning plays at Pima (A Piece of My Heart, The Laramie Projects, The Diary of Anne Frank and Inherit The Wind), has infused the soundtrack with heartbeats, whispers, distortions and ancient solfeggio tones to heighten the drama, helping to place the audience into the minds of the characters.
The powerful visual imagery and the intoxicating, terrifying sound amplify the deeply emotional conviction of this young cast. "They are learning and teaching us all that if we can face our own Dracula, our own repressed truth and extinguish him, we've healed ourselves. For this reason, the play is deeply important and relevant for both audience and cast."
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