New Jersey isn’t just about orange people with dangerously sharp hair and cleavage you can’t escape; it’s also about VAMPIRES – the kind that rip your head off with teeth or sharp nails. And an ambitious theatre troupe is proving its love for the fanged with a live performance of Nosferatu.
Based on the 1923 German Expressionist film by F.W. Murnau, writer/director Alex Dawson’s stage adaptation additionally draws on Chinese shadow-play, Shakespeare, and explorer/orientalist Richard Burton’s translation of Hindu vampire fables to tell the story of Count Orlock, a rat-fanged Romanian looking for love even as he brings a boatload of Black Death to a German village.
From the team that brought you A Clockwork Orange with makeup by Tom Savini alumnus Dan Diana and original music by composer Bruce Donnola, the production, which stars film actress Quinn Shephard as Ellen Hutter and Shakespearean actor Caryle Owens as the eponymous Nos, opens with a scene so unsettling even the swooniest Twilight fan would be hard pressed to find the conceit remotely romantic ever again.
Have we piqued your interest? Well, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is this play is going on RIGHT NOW. The bad news? Literally…right now. Drop what you’re doing if you want to see this!! Only a few showtimes are left:
3:00, 7:30 & 10:00 PM – Saturday, April 21st
3:00 & 7:30 PM – Sunday, April 22nd
EDISON VALLEY PLAYHOUSE
2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820
If you miss it this weekend, don’t worry – it’s supposed to be heading to New York next, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted if and when that happens.
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