Horror and Comedy in Salem
‘Dracula’s Grandmother: a Musical Fable’ by Jay Kerr is premiering Friday, August 7, at Fort Salem Theater in Salem, N.Y. This fractured version of the iconic vampire tale was not what author Kerr, the Fort’s artistic director, had originally intended. It was in researching the origins of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel that Kerr discovered thant Stoker worked at London’s Lyceum Theatre with actor/producer Henry Irving, who became the model Dracula. When Stoker decided to produce a play, Irving’s leading lady Ellen Terry was too old to be given a role. “Maybe he should have reconsidered. The play was such a disaster that it opened and closed in one day. No matter how ours is, we’re running for two weeks,” joked Kerr. In ‘Dracula’s Grandmother,’ Kerr has intertwined the comedy of backstage backbiting with the horror of Stoker’s much more successful novel. “We’ve got a great cast, a classic story and some funny songs,” notes Kerr. “When you leave…you’ll know more about vampires than you ever thought you would.” ‘Dracula’s Grandmother’ plays for two weekends, Friday to Sunday, August 7 to 9 and Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16. For information and showtimes, visit fortsalemtheater.com or call 518-854-9200.