The Rise and Fall of Dracula

immersive theatre · cadame co. · Ages 16+ · flashing lights · world premiere · 75 mins · United States of America

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TAYLOR WINTERS haunting.net · June 10, 2017
The Rise and Fall of Dracula is based on the classic Bram Stoker vampire novel, but this is not the Dracula that you’ve come to know. Cadame Company expertly reimagines the tale by incorporating immersive elements, dance, and a clever gender reversal. Making a strong statement, Dracula is cast as a woman, and her story is far more human and relatable than any past incarnation. New additions to the narrative provide an emotional connection to the character before she is transformed from a human in ancient Greece into the vampire of legend. This Dracula is searching for a companion, a friend, someone to share her immortal life with. Relationships built in early scenes resonate through the remainder of the show, providing the audience with new ... full review

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TINKS LOVELACE certified reviewer · June 16, 2017
tagged as: female director · femalecentric · Brave · strong · Bold
Strong vision from the team at CADAME CO. Watch this show!... full review

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DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE · June 10, 2017
An entertaining and intriguing theatrical version of a gothic classic (well, actually two). Kudos to Dracula, Lucy, Harker, Van Helsing, Mina and Seward in particular for bring so much nuance on stage. I have seen so many DRACULAs on stage so that am forever looking for an original, intriguing one. This production certainly qualifies on so many levels. Bravo! ... full review

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NIKKI MULLER certified reviewer · June 04, 2017
tagged as: excellent · unique · thrilling · dark · movement · intense · immersive
This was a really intriguing, fully immersive theatrical experience-- I felt totally transported by the ambiance-- candles, white sheets, and a mysterious cast ushered us into our experience and lined us up, and the entire first scene of the show took place ina narrow corridor. The piece integrates dance, movement and some REALLY intense stage combat, all happening inches away from the audience-- I honestly have no idea how they manage not to kick someone in the face, the precision of movement is so crisp! This is not a show you'll get to tune out during-- scenes move through the space, audience is moved around, and sometimes you might even wind up in the scene somehow! The performers were all absolutely amazing, which is why I would above a... full review

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RACHEL LOCKHART certified reviewer · June 12, 2017
Really cool! Engaging story! Never a dull moment!... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 16, 2017
tagged as: dance · horror theater · immersive
There are so many good things about the production--lighting, music, atmosphere, interaction, immersive elements--that the flaws are quite stark in comparison. I feel that some great opportunities for exploration of feminine power, sexuality, authority, and creation (creating another vampire like you as a metaphor for childbirth) were left lying on the table. There's a lot of potential. ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 08, 2017
I think it is a stretch to call this "immersive" just because we were moved around physically through the space. The play could use some significant improvements, but might in the long run be best suited within the confines of a proscenium arch. As presented, the shortcomings of the production served as a consistent distraction from the storyline. ... full review

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RUSSELL EATON http://www.myhauntlife.com · June 16, 2017
tagged as: classic · drama · bloody · immersive · dance · Horror · dracula
A rethink of the Dracula tale, this show defies description. Part mildly interactive immersive theater piece, part heavy drama, part dance performance, a strong cast energetically throws themselves into the material (sometimes literally) and produces a sad tale of a woman who rose from tragedy to become a monster. Catch that detail? Dracula is a woman in this version, and it adds a level of gender politics to the piece that never is pointed to heavily, simply enhances the proceedings. This piece places you in the center of the action. Dramatic encounters take place inches from the audience, sometimes even overflowing into it. At times intimidating, at times enthralling, this experimental staging, for me, increased the intensity of the show... full review

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DEBORAH FURMAN certified reviewer · June 19, 2017
I really enjoyed this production from beginning to end. Totally engaged and entertained throughout. ... full review

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