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Post-production interview with Stephen Kay

by Sandi Martin

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As a director, I was extremely pleased with my production of DRACULA for Your Theatre. I felt very fortunate in being able to cast the show with such a group of talented actors who were able to bring their characters to life so that the audience could feel the intensity that was felt in order to save Lucy from the clutches of the evil vampire, Count Dracula.  
 
My idea of using a blending of black, white, gray with a touch of red in each scene of the set, furniture, and the costumes worn by the cast was inspired by the Edward Gorey 1976 revival of DRACULA on Broadway and brought many compliments. When combined with the moody lighting effects, the flying bats, fog, and the dramatic music that heightened the impact of each scene and moment the audience was on the edge of their seats. Although the St. Martins stage is small the technical crew managed to swiftly change the three set locations of the sanatorium office, Lucy's upper room boudoir, and Dracula's vault crypt quickly, quietly, and efficiently even while another sequence was being played in the auditorium. 
 
The audiences were fascinated by the production and congratulated the cast, crew, technical staff, and me on an outstanding production experience. The production was a challenge to do and everyone rose to the occasion and I believe we won!