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Rousuck's Review: "Dracula" at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio for another of her weekly reviews of the Maryland stage.  Today, she tells us about Dracula, a haunting adaptation of Bram Stoker’s seminal 1897 vampire novel that opens Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's 2019 season. 

Adapted by Steven Dietz and directed in the CSC's ornate theater space by Gerrad Alex Taylor, the play unfolds in a sanatorium, as a series of sinister events reveals the presence of the greatest vampire of all time.  The cast includes Michael P. Sullivan, reprising his 2013 CSC performance as Dracula; Hannah Kelly as his love interest, Mina Murray; and Scott Alan Small as Renfield, the asylum patient.  Emily Lotz designed the sets, and Kristina Lambdin designed the costumes.

Speaking of blood...On Thursday, October 17, from 1 to 6pm, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will host Dracula’s Blood Drive, a community blood donation at the CSC acting studio in the heart of downtown, at 206 East Redwood Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202. It’s easy to make an appointment to donate: Visit redcrossblood.org and enter the blood drive password: SHAKESPEARE. Walk-ins are welcome.

Lesley Malin, CSC's Managing Director, says all donors to Dracula’s Blood Drive will receive a voucher good for 20 percent off regular-priced tickets to Dracula, which continues at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater, located at 7 S. Calvert Street (at Redwood Street), in Baltimore, MD 21202, through November 2, 2019.

J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
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