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A Female Renfield? Wish I’d thought of that!

Here you can read a review of a new, sexed-up, spiffy stage play version of DRACULA. The reviewer calls it “a horror show of delight” and “a spine-tingling, bone-rattling, heart attack-inducing frightmare which took place on and off the stage.” Sounds cool. I’m sure I would enjoy it.

Then there’s this: “In what seemed like a Zeitgeist nod to 2018’s Me Too movement, the image of a young, black woman defeating a powerful man with the words ‘I will not submit to you’ could not have been more relevant for a text written in 1897.” They had a black woman playing Mina? Curious. Oh, and then there’s this: “…lunatic Lady Renfield (Cheryl Campbell) stole the show with her glittering cape and mouse-eating antics.” A FEMALE Renfield. Interesting, indeed.

While it sounds like the FX budget for this production was way bigger than what I had to work with, I have to be honest, here. I have to call it. Everything they did, I did, too. And I did it FIRST.

My original play DRACULA: LORD OF THE VAMPIRES was staged last November. And before that, in 2011. We had a more sexed-up production. (I had audience members walk out, offended, although to be fair it could have been the baby-eating rather than the sexiness that offended them.) I had a black actress playing the part of Mina. And my own lovely wifey appeared as a female Renfield, managing to snag a couple of awards for her performance in the process.

Hey, I don’t begrudge the folks in this new Dracula play anything. Dracula, both the novel and the character, are in the public domain. I’m just sayin’, I got there first.

By the way, if you belong to a Theatre group or company and you’re interested in performing DRACULA: LORD OF THE VAMPIRES, hit me up. I used to let it be staged royalties-free, in exchange for the publicity. These days I charge a small fee, as my work has become slightly more in-demand. But I’ll still let you have performance rights for cheaper than you’d have to pay one of the major publishing houses. Just sayin’.

TheCheezman • October 15, 2018


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