The Irish Dracula Returns with Dramatic Reading at Museum of Art—Feb. 6

Artwork by Yvonne Anne Gilbert
Artwork by Yvonne Anne Gilbert

Unless you own a stockpile of garlic, you can count on vampires to return! Join the cast of The Irish Dracula: A Melodrama in Five Acts for a second dramatic reading, this time featuring live music from the five-piece Roaring Kelly Band. Written by James Doan, Ph.D., professor at NSU’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, the play includes cast members from NSU and the community.

Dramatic Reading of The Irish Dracula Play
Thursday, Feb. 6
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale


About the Play

The Irish Dracula: A Melodrama in Five Acts is based on Bram Stoker’s 19th Century novel, but focuses on the Irish-born author’s relationship with Henry Irving, actor and director of the Lyceum Theatre in London, for whom Stoker worked as business manager more than 25 years.

Set in London and County Sligo, Ireland, in 1888, the play examines the colonial Anglo-Irish politics of the era and psychosexual elements implied in the original text. The Irish Dracula also sheds light on the development of the vampire tradition in European and American thought, though presenting a different conception of the figure.

About the Playwright

James Doan has taught an NSU course on the vampire for the past 20 years. Along with Barbara Brodman, Ph.D., professor at the college, Doan is co-editor of two essay collections, Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (Fairleigh Dickinson) and The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend (Fairleigh Dickinson).

Admission to the dramatic reading is free for NSU students, faculty, and staff members with a valid NSU ID ($10 for non-museum members). The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale is located at 1 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, contact James Doan at (954) 262-8207.

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