WSU Vancouver’s Re-Imagined Radio brings “Dracula” to Vancouver

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:40pm -- brenda_alling

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A live production of “Dracula” will bring the spirit of a Transylvanian Halloween to Vancouver this fall. The production takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver.

“It's time to shine up your fangs and get your silver crosses ready,” said John Barber, professor of Creative Media and Digital Culture at WSU Vancouver and head of the Re-Imagined Radio project. Each Re-Imagined Radio production features a live re-creation of a radio drama with voice actors and sound artists. Costumes are encouraged.

Produced and directed by Barber, "Dracula" is based on the 1938 performance by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air. The original radio drama was adapted from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel of the same name.

"'Dracula' is considered one of the greatest horror novels ever written," Barber said. "The novel examines society's fears of the unnatural during late 19th- and 20th-century Victorian society. Over time, the focus of its many interpretations has come to be how abnormality can evolve from one source and infect the surrounding society with discord, misfortunes and evil. Dracula, the vampire, infects others with his evil."

Though the original was aired on radio, the only way to hear the local reboot is to be in the live audience. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door, $8 online through the Kiggins website.

A special VIP ticket is available featuring food and drink at Niche before the performance, a drink during the performance at Kiggins, and reserved seating. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Re-Imagined Radio is a partnership between Barber, Kiggins Theatre and Metropolitan Performing Arts, a local school and resource for aspiring actors, dancers, and singers.

About the Kiggins Theatre

The theater has been a landmark in downtown Vancouver since 1936. It is owned and operated by WSU alumnus Dan Wyatt, Jr. Learn more at

About Metropolitan Performing Arts

Metropolitan Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization providing performing theater arts education and community theater for Southwest Washington. Learn more

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

John Barber, Creative Media and Digital Culture,

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