ALBANY (Sept. 28) – Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors, a lightning-fast, 90-minute gender-bending, quick-change magical romp will open at Capital Repertory Theatre for previews Friday, September 30. The production will run through Sunday, October 23. The show is co-authored by Steve Rosen and theREP Associate Artist Gordon Greenberg, who also directs.
Join the meek English real estate agent, Jonathan Harker, on his journey along the treacherous Borgo Pass in the mountains of Transylvania to meet his newest client who happens to be the infamous (and extraordinarily attractive) Count Dracula! Little does he know this chance encounter changes his entire life path. A cluster of comedic characters like Harker’s fiancée Lucy, his soon-to-be sister-in-law Mina, and famed female vampire hunter, Jean Van Helsing, chase Count Dracula from the English Countryside to Transylvania to “other frightening places.” It’s a story of love, Monty Python-style comedy and tongue-in-cheek mayhem to fill a cup of giggles.
Kathy Fitzgerald, who was on Broadway in Wicked (Madam Morrible), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mrs. Gloop), and others, will be Dr. Westfeldt and Renfield. David T. Patterson will be playing the titular character putting on the fangs as Dracula. He’s previously performed in Broadway’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Dan Rosales as Jonathan Harker, who has previously performed in a few television shows including EVIL (CBS) and The Good Fight (CBS) as well as quite a few Off-Broadway credits and originated the titular role of Lin-Manuel Miranda in Spamilton. Cathryn Wake is a Schenectady native who will be performing as Lucy and Kitty. Wake has previously performed on Broadway in The Great Comet as well as many World Premiere productions, television shows and more. Jeremy Webb will be performing as Mina and Jean Van Helsing. He is returning to theREP after participating in the 10th Anniversary of NEXT ACT! New Play Summit in The Luckiest People Trilogy.
Brenny Campbell has previously performed at theREP in Blithe Spirit (Ruth) and will be taking on the amazing role as a cover for all the parts.
In addition to Greenberg as director, the creative team includes scenic designer Tijana Bjelajac, costume designer Tristan Raines, lighting designer Rob Denton, sound designer Victoria Deinio, hair and wigs by Michael Dunn, production stage manager John Godbout and assistant stage manager Michaela Savoie.
Previews for Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors take place September 30 – October 2. Opening night is Tuesday, October 4. Regular performances continue through Sunday, October 23. Performance times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday – with matinees 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 12. Capital Repertory Theatre, 251 N. Pearl St., Albany. Tickets range from $22 – $62. For tickets and information, call the Box Office 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 518.346.6204 or visit capitalrep.org.
Opening Night – Tuesday, October 4
Includes complimentary, post-show champagne toast.
Chef’s Table – Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by local restaurants.
ASL Performance – Saturday, October 15, 3 p.m.
This performance features sign language interpreters. To request access to the designated seating section, please call the box office at 518.346.6204
Thirsty Thursday – Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Light fare and tasting samples from local breweries, cideries, and distilleries.
Behind the Scenes – Sunday, October 23, 1p.m.
12:30 P.M., complimentary coffee and pastry before the presentation
A pre-show presentation with Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill with a special presentation of the special effects behind Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors. This special conversation is free and open to the public.
There are several parking options within proximity of Capital Repertory Theatre; most are free or available at a reduced price to patrons of Capital Repertory Theatre. The GPS address is 251 N. Pearl St., Albany, 12207.
There are limited parking spaces available on the street in direct proximity to the theatre. Parking is available at the Quackenbush Garage (25 Orange Street, adjacent to 677 Prime Restaurant) with complimentary transportation (Capital Repertory/Proctors transportation van) from the bus stop outside of the garage every 20 minutes, starting one hour before the performance. Look for the van with the theatre posters at the bus stop at Broadway and Orange Streets. Events at other venues may result in fees for garage parking.