Pictured: Josh Le Brun
Kansas City Actors Theatre has announced the cast and design team for its world-premiere adaption of Bram Stoker’s Gothic classic DRACULA. Titled DRACULA: A SONG OF LOVE AND DEATH, and written by local author Mitch Brian, the production is presented in partnership with the UMKC Theatre Department, and directed by John Rensenhouse.
The cast features Freddy Acevedo, Yetunde Felix-Ukwu, Jason Francescon, Khalif Gillett, Dayton Hollis, Emilie Karas, Chelsea Kinser, Josh LeBrun, Marianne McKenzie, Lauren Moore, and Kip Niven. The production team includes Kelli Harrod (Scenic Designer), Katherine Davis (Costume Designer), Hector Quintero (Lighting Designer), Sean Obrecht (Sound Designer), Wallace McCanless (Composer), and Kylor Greene (Projection Designer).
Brian’s retelling focuses on a group of friends in the late 19th century united against a seemingly insurmountable foe. As the seductive and sinister specter of Count Dracula appears in London, Dr. Van Helsing, Johnathan and Mina Harker, and their friends must band together to stop the immortal menace.
“I’m so impressed with how Mitch Brian has made this classic story resonate with modern relevance,” says Rensenhouse. “There are gender politics, sexual politics, and racial politics all wrapped up in this Victorian, turn of the century piece and we are offered the chance to experience the story through a new lens. This promises to be the biggest, most technically-challenging show we’ve ever done. With the help of the great students and faculty in the graduate program at UMKC Theatre, we get to keep pushing our boundaries and learning new things.”
DRACULA: A SONG OF LOVE AND DEATH runs October 12th – 24th at The Spencer Theater on the University of Missouri – Kansas City campus.
A blood drive in partnership with the Community Blood Center of Kansas City will be held before the performance on October 12th, with blood donors receiving a free ticket to that night’s performance. KCAT will host an author talk with Mitch Brian in conjunction with one performance, and a partnership screening of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” is being planned at Screenland Armour in North Kansas City in October, with details yet to be established.
For more information visit kcactors.org.