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Dracula: Bloodlines

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Thomas R. Gordon
July 26, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright / Director.

What is your show about?
Dracula returns to modern day New York City to haunt the dreams of Morris Harker, the great-great grandson of the man who supposedly defeated the immortal vampire 120 years ago...

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
Well I love to see movies and other theatre performances whenever I can. I have always been good with computers so I have started helping build websites for friends recently as well. Other than that you can normally find me playing some game, writing, or wiring something together.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I wouldn't say that I don't do film, but my focus has always been on live theatre. I guess I sort of fell into doing professional theatre. I really just happened to be in the right place at the right time. But I think I would be doing live theatre no matter what. And it's not just my love for Shakespeare and the classics. I know that the experience of creating live theatre is unlike anything else that you can do. There is an immediacy that I feel you can only get by seeing something done live. There is something about theatre that somehow feels more real than film could ever hope to be. I like the danger of it...

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
I am very excited see how audiences react to our final scene with Dracula. It is the climax of our show and involves a sexy love triangle between our three main characters!

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
We are doing a show with vampires, so I choose all of the above! I mean, everyone knows that Dracula is a smooth & sexy guy right? And his vampire brides will definitely have a couple of surprises up their sleeves as well. And of course our heroes will have to be smart if they ever hope to survive...

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Of course! I believe has theatre a unique position as an art form to help induce conversation and change among others. Theatre is an art form that has the possibility of the artist directly interacting with the audience. The show could change every night! It can become an expedience to take part of rather than something that is static and set. Many people are familiar with this through improvisational theatre, but there are other forms as well such as Augusto Boal's Forum Theatre. Our goal at The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is to always create theatre that both educates and entertains. We want to create theatre that people will discuss.