Augustana theatre department opens its season with The Passion of Dracula

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts will present The Passion of Dracula in Potter Theatre within Bergendoff Hall (3701 7th Avenue) October 17-19 and 24-26. The Passion of Dracula was written by Bob Hall and David Richmond.

“While the current television and film obsession with vampires has made us all familiar with vampire mythology, our production features a performance style that ranges from gothic melodrama to self-parody in a sensual retelling of the classic story,” said Director Jeff Coussens, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Augustana. “The Hall and Richmond script never takes itself too seriously, but preserves all the suspenseful and frightening moments that we have come to expect from the Dracula legend.”

Set in 1911 in the English countryside, the plot forms around the mysterious deaths of several villagers after the arrival of a reclusive foreigner. According to the notable scientist Dr. Van Helsing, Count Dracula is a threat to humanity and must be destroyed. Van Helsing and his compatriots battle the powerful vampire to keep him from stealing the soul of the heroine.

Of playing the iconic role of Dracula, John D’Aversa ’15, an Asian Studies and Theatre major from Plainfield, Illinois, said, “When I was four I would do monster impressions, which included Dracula after seeing Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I started out thinking of the character as more Bela Lugosi in nature, but as I talked with Jeff Coussens, we discussed a more animalistic approach­­­­—times where he was more monster than man.”

The show will be presented October 17-18 and 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. and on October 19 and 26 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 for the general public and $9 for senior citizens, students and Augustana faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office at (309) 794-7306 or by visiting augustana.edu/tickets.