“Dracula” is directed by Travis Gray of Pullman and stars Wil Blanchard as Professor Abraham Van Helsing, Chloe Haagen as Lucy Westenra, Kristin Williams as Mina Murray and Hunter Gould as Dracula, all of Pullman.
Here’s five facts to suck on about the classic 1897 horror story
Born in Ireland, author Bram (Abraham) Stoker was bedridden as a child. His mother entertained him with tales of the 1832 cholera epidemic that killed thousands of people. She recounted how a famine that followed the epidemic forced people to drink the blood from their animals and livestock.
The original title of “Dracula” was “The Undead.” The book was researched and written over seven years.
Early critics of his novel noted an “unnecessary number of hideous incidents” that could “shock and disgust” readers.
In 2009 Dacre Stoker, a great-grandnephew of the author, and Ian Holt produced “Dracula: The Un-Dead,” a sequel based on the novelist’s notes and excisions from the original. A thriller set in London in 1912, it features Bram Stoker as a character.
Stoker died in 1912, the same week the Titanic sunk.
If You Go
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 13-15; 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 16
Where: Pullman Civic Theatre, Nye Street Theater, 1220 N.W. Nye St.
Cost: $12 in advance or $15 at the door for evening performances; $10 in advance or $12 at the door for matinees. Tickets available at Neill’s Flowers and Gifts, Dissmores IGA, online at pullmancivictheatre.org and at the door.
Of Note: The show is rated PG-13 for blood and violence.
(Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, bramstokerdracula.co.uk)