Theater Emory reimagines Dracula in gruesome cabaret

October 3, 2017

ATLANTA—Just in time for Halloween, Theater Emory presents the rock ‘n’ roll nightmare “The Anointing of Dracula: A Grand Guignol,” Oct. 26 – Nov. 5 in Emory University’s Mary Gray Munroe Theater.   

Written and directed by Theater Emory’s newly named artistic director, Brent Glenn, “The Anointing of Dracula” is a play-within-a-play retelling of the story of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” in the style of the naturalistic French horror theater, “grand guignol.” 

On All Hallows’ Eve, the brides of Dracula gather together for their annual retelling of Dracula’s story for the pleasure of the famed vampire. As Dracula watches, and sometimes joins the festivities, a live band serenades the audience with dark cabaret and gothic rock music. 

“The audience can expect to see, and perhaps feel, a lot of blood during the course of the evening,” explains Glenn. “There is blood, torture, horror, mutilation, and sensuality steeped within the legend of the vampire.”

Glenn’s staging of the story of Dracula revels in the traditions of dark and gothic 19th century horror and is part of Theater Emory’s year-long commitment to join the Emory-wide celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” 

“I wanted to do a Halloween show this year because I love stuff like this,” says Glenn. “I want to see if we can invoke real fear in the theater without silly jump scares while injecting humor into these dark activities.” 

Theater Emory presents “The Anointing of Dracula: A Grand Guignol” Oct. 26-29, Oct. 31, and Nov. 2-5 at 7:30 p.m. with special 11 p.m. showings Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.  Audience members dressed in costume on Oct. 31 or for either of the 11 p.m. performances get in free (availability pending). This show contains graphic violence and overt sensuality and is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $22; $18 discount categories; $12 industry rate and non-Emory students; and $6 Emory students and are available through the Arts at Emory box office.