Theateraufführung mit Bram Stoker
Montag, 27. 2. 2017, 19:30 Uhr, Schauspiel Leipzig
Gastspiel der American Drama Group in englischer Sprache.
This new version of DRACULA follows on from the international success of our current production of FRANKENSTEIN – the Monster and Myth. The latter production has been in repertoire for the past three years and performed to large audiences across two continents. The play is an original play that uses the framework of Shelley’s novel and the Hollywood films but includes man new scenes and even characters to explore the morality of science and the issues raised by the creation of artificial life. While these serious and complex themes are explored the style is fast physical theatre and grotesque comedy. Horror as a genre is best suited to film , theatre tends towards comedy when employing horror and this is used to good effect in our version of FRANKENSTEIN. But this is not to trivialise the subject, as our guide Shakespeare knows well, comedy is every bit as profound and complex a form as tragedy. Our intention is to use the stylistic lessons learnt by us and enjoyed by our audience in FRANKENSTEIN to mount a new and relevant production of DRACULA that aims to do far more than excite an audience through simple terror.
DRACULA is one of the few truly modern myths. The name of the novel resonates as do few other titles. But the very success of the book and it’s endless Hollywood spin offs has led to cliché’ and tired stereotype. Our idea is to rejuvenate the story by moving it away from Gothic Horror towards a wider relevance, to develop the simple parallel between sucking the blood from humans to sucking the life force from our planet. Are humanity itself a multi-headed vampire feeding on the lifeblood of the living planet and turning it into dust?
Our production explores climate change, global warming, climate change denial, urban pollution and its relation to lifestyles, and diet and fast food consumption in relation to environmental degradation. The authors are working with a university lecturer in environmental science and a highly qualified physicist to ensure factual accuracy.
Veranstaltungsort: Schauspiel Leipzig, Große Bühne, Schauspiel Leipzig Bosestraße 1, 04109 Leipzig
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