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Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really

The play title beside the silhouette of a woman in a long western coat and hat, carrying a wooden stake dripping with blood.
November 26 – December 24, 2023
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Bouncing between horror and humor, Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s seminal novel is a thrilling play that questions who the true monsters are. Fierce, feminist, and frightening, Dracula is a revenge fantasy worth sinking your teeth into! The Wall Street Journal called this play “a fresh, theatrically potent spin on the novel … Hamill has given us a tremendously entertaining Dracula that has GREAT BIG HIT stamped all over it.”

“This is the kind of horror I could watch all day.” –Vulture

Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really

  • By Kate Hamill
  • Based on the Novel by Bram Stoker
  • Directed by Marissa Wolf
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Dracula & Vampirism: A History

How to stop a vampire — and other useful background on Dracula and the history of vampirism. A must-read for all aspiring vampire hunters!

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World of the Play: 19th Century English Society

A brief overview of the history, culture, and society of the Victorian era in Great Britain provides context for Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really.

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Dracula Reading List

Calling all readers! Multnomah County Library put together a reading list inspired by our production of Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really.

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An Interview with Playwright Kate Hamill

PCS Literary Manager Kamilah Bush talked to Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really writer Kate Hamill about "monster" stories, the fun of horror, and reclaiming classic stories as a feminist playwright.

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Cast and creative team for Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really; photo by Tamera Lyn

The Cast

La' Tevin Alexander, Jonathan Harker
(He/Him)

Homage to God, from whom all my blessings arise,

My PCS on-stage debut has come to no surprise, 

A milestone now gone brings forth more to achieve, 

Thus will I switch gears post-Christmas Eve, 

And in mid-January I will return to the Twin Cities, 

My next role will see me as the lead in Wine in the Wilderness

A full circle season, 

As that play with PCS is what I joined the Union with, 

There will be some other credits here and there, 

When the time comes I will share, 

But let’s cross that bridge when we get there, 

I have some film & TV credits that you can find on IMdB, 

Just type in my name correctly, search, and find me, 

With this amazing cast Dracula is sure to be a hoot, 

So sit back, relax, and prepare to be spooked!

IG: @latevinalexander

Cycerli Ash, Dr. Van Helsing
(She/Her)

Thrilled to be back PCS. (@Cycerli) is a professor at Portland State University. She has her M.F.A. in acting from the University of Tennessee and her undergrad degree in Theatre from Rutgers University where she also was a Division 1 athlete in Track and Field. She is a proud member of Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild. Cycerli has graced many stages. Some of her theatre credits include Evie at Penumbra Theatre, Cynthia in Sweat at The Denver Center and Profile theater, Delia in Spunk at Kenny Leon True Colors, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Portland Playhouse, Vera in Seven Guitars at Passin Arts , A Life at Portland Center Stage. She has worked for The Red Door Project, The Alliance theater, Dominion, and Clarence Brown theater. She is the CEO of the faith-based theater company called DAE productions located in Atlanta GA. She has been seen on Hulu (Pretty Little Liars), TVone (Skinned), BET (Tales) , Amazon prime (The City). She gives all glory to God and is very blessed to do what she loves for a living :-)

Treasure Lunan, Marilla/Maid
(They/Them)

Treasure is ex-SCREAM-ly excited (sorry) to return to PCS for Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Story, Really. Originally from the East Coast, Treasure is deeply grateful to be a part of the Pacific Northwest performance community. Some recent performance highlights include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Portland Center Stage), Sometimes I Think About Dying (Sundance), It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Portland Center Stage), Chicken & Biscuits (Portland Playhouse), August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean (Portland Center Stage), Barbecue (Portland Playhouse), and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Portland Center Stage.)

Darius Pierce, Dr. George Seward
(He/Him)

Darius is a theater artist based in Portland. Some previous shows at Portland Center Stage include: Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B, The Great Leap, Stupid F***ing Bird, Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility, The Santaland Diaries, Beard of Avon, Twelfth Night, The 39 Steps, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has worked with companies including Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Folger Theater, Woolly Mammoth, Fiasco Theater, Portland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Theatre Vertigo, and many others. Occasionally, you can also find Darius on-screen. He is a company member at Third Rail Repertory Theatre, a co-founder of the Anonymous Theatre Company, and an avid collector of turtles. Thank you to my whole family for endlessly supporting this absurd career! (Hi Julian!)

Jamie M. Rea, Drusilla/Merchant/Miller, Fight Captain
(She/Her)

Whether devising street theatre with Grotest Maru in Berlin, dancing with Kiwi sisters at The Body Festival in New Zealand, stilt-walking through the CAFF summer season in Canada, or building multi-year community partnerships as an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, Jamie thrives on cross-cultural collaboration through physical expression. Favorite local roles include: Halina (Indecent), Olympe DeGouges (The Revolutionists), Jack Worthing (The Importance of Being Earnest) - ART, Amy (In the Wake), Dawn (The Secretaries) - Profile, Macbeth (Macbeth) & Kristine (A Doll’s House) - Shaking the Tree Theatre, Anna (The Snowstorm) - CoHo & Many Hats. Last seen at PCS as Violet in It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play, Jamie is thrilled to return this holiday for this subversive romp of an adaptation of one of her favorite classic novels!

Sammy Rat Rios, Lucy Westenra
(She/They)

Sammy is an interdisciplinary performing and visual artist. Rios acts, writes, directs, and designs for theatre and film. Notable stage credits: Portland Center Stage and Pittsburgh Public Theatre (Young Americans), Portland Playhouse (A Christmas Carol), AT&T Performing Arts Center (We're Gonna Die), River & Rail Theatre (In the Next Room...or the Vibrator Play), Kitchen Dog Theater (Se Llama Cristina). Rios received a B.F.A. in theatre studies with a focus in playwriting and directing from Southern Methodist University, and received additional training from British American Drama Academy's conservatory acting program in London, UK. They are also a songwriter/producer for their electronic solo project 'Rat Rios' and compose original music for podcasts and film. Be excellent to each other, and spay and neuter your pets. ratrios.com

Ashley Song, Mina Harker
(She/Her)

Ashley lived in Hawaii, South Korea, Maryland, and NYC before landing in Portland. She is the co-owner of Desert Island Studios, an independent film studio dedicated to providing more accessible film resources for independent storytellers. She’s also a board member of the Oregon Media Production Association, winning the Service & Inspiration Award for her advocacy work. Her favorite Portland Center Stage credits include Sherlock Holmes in Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B, Actor 3 in "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Ashley received her B.F.A. from NYU, training in The Method at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and film acting at Stonestreet Studios. IG: @ashleysongofficial @desertislandstudiospdx

(He/Him)

YALE Drama M.F.A. | IG @seta_wainiqolo

Thank you, Portland Center Stage

Nikki Weaver, Renfield
(She/They)

Thank you for making live art possible by being in your seats, for bearing witness to the moment to moment connections that only theatre can create. Big thank you to the PCS team for taking a risk on me and allowing me to play. A co-founder of Portland Playhouse, Nikki now leads On The Inside, a non-profit supporting incarcerated women and youth through creative connection in five US states. *This role is dedicated to all the adults and youth incarcerated I serve who share their stories with me daily. To my mama, for teaching me the importance of working with those locked behind bars. To my girls, who remind me how to play daily. To my love, for saying yes to my wild ideas. To all of the artists, thank you, thank you, thank you for your gifts. Up next: Australia. B.F.A. The Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts M.F.A. The Shakespeare Theatre Say hi: @nikkiweaver (Instagram), nikkimarieweaver.com

The Creative Team

Bram Stoker, Author

Born in Ireland in 1847, Bram Stoker studied mathematics at Dublin's Trinity College and embarked on his longtime role as an assistant to actor Sir Henry Irving in the 1870s. He also began carving out a second career as a writer, publishing his first novel, The Primrose Path, in 1875. Stoker published his most famous work, Dracula, in 1897, though he died before the fictional vampire would achieve widespread popularity though numerous film and literary adaptations in the 20th century.

Kate Hamill, Playwright
(She/Her)

Kate is a playwright and actor based in NYC. For the last three seasons, she has been included on the most-produced playwright list in American Theatre magazine. Her most recent work includes the virtual production of Badass Galboss Power Hour for Primary Stages; Dracula at Classic Stage Company; the New York premiere of Little Women by Primary Stages (commissioned and received its world premiere at Jungle Theater in Minneapolis); and Mansfield Park, which was commissioned by and debuted at Northlight Theatre. This past season, she debuted Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B at KCRep and Emma at Guthrie Theater. She is currently working on an adaptation of The Odyssey which will be produced by Artists Repertory Theatre, as well as several new original plays, including The Piper (2019 O’Neill NPC finalist; PlayPenn selection) and The Prostitute Play (developed at Cygnet Theatre). katehamill.com

Marissa Wolf, Director
(She/Her)

Marissa is currently in her fifth year as artistic director of Portland Center Stage. Dracula marks her third Kate Hamill show, including Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson - Apt 2B (Portland Center Stage) and Pride and Prejudice (Kansas City Rep). Select directing credits include Fire in Dreamland by Rinne Groff (The Public Theater; world premiere at Kansas City Rep); Man in Love by Christina Anderson (Kansas City Rep, world premiere); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens (Portland Center Stage); Precious Little by Madeleine George (Shotgun Players); The Lily’s Revenge (Act II) by Taylor Mac (Magic Theatre); and The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen (Crowded Fire Theater, world premiere). Workshops include The New Group and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. Nominated Best Director by Broadway World San Francisco and the Bay Area Critics Circle Award.

Diggle, Scenic Designer

DIGGLE is a proud Gay Mexican designer with Indigenous Mexica (Aztec) roots. Selected credits: Travels (ARS Nova); In The Heights (Cleveland Play House); HAIR (PCS); Merry Wives of Windsor (Old Globe); The Harder They Come (Public Theater); Cowboy Bob (Alley Theatre); Gruesome Playground Injuries (St. Louis Rep); Fires in the Mirror (Baltimore Center Stage/Long Wharf Theatre); Shakespeare: Call & Response (Public’s Mobile Unit); The Conversationalists (Bushwick Starr); Decky Does A Bronco (Royal Family); Red Emma & The Mad Monk (Tank/ANT Fest); Electra, Fade (DTC). Princess Grace Honoraria. diggledesigns.com, @diggle_designs

Jenny Ampersand, Costume Designer
(She/Her)

Jenny is a designer based in Portland, OR. She has been an associate artist with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble since 2013 and most recently designed Cardiac Organ: A Goth Cabaret, which felt like the perfect lead-up to this production of Dracula. Selected credits include Third Rail (Revolt. She Said. Revolt again. -Drammy for Scenic design) Shaking The Tree (Doll's House) Oregon Children's Theater (Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane) Liminal Performance Group (7Deadly Sins -Drammy for Costume Design) Phame (Stop Making Sense) Wobbly Dance (You two are made of stars and dance film Tidal). Jenny has been a guest designer at Reed College, taught with Institute for Contemporary Performance, Western Oregon University, and is currently a member of the Lewis and Clark Theatre Dept.

Carl Faber, Lighting Designer
(He/Him)

Carl is delighted to return to PCS after designing Macbeth and Midsummer Night's Dream, and HAIR. Recently around town: Absence: Terence Blanchard (Portland Opera), Snapshots (Broadway Rose), Sanctuaries (Third Angle), Magellanica (Artists Rep), Fires in the Mirror (Profile), John (Third Rail). Outside of Portland: Arena Stage, Boston ICA, Ars Nova, ADF, and Oklahoma Contemporary, as well as touring production for Bruce Springsteen, Bon Iver, & The National. Carl has also served as a light artist at Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival and is a founding member of Woodshed Collective (NYC). Education: Vassar College. Member: United Scenic Artists Local USA 829. carlfaber.com

Ash, Sound Designer
(They/She)

Ash has a background in both theatre and music, and they are an active composer, lyricist, choral arranger, sound designer, and music director for choir and theatre. Their theatrical credits include productions with Portland Center Stage (Choir Boy, tick, tick … BOOM!, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Macbeth), Lower East Side Shakespeare Co. (BEE), SpeakEasy Stage (English), Oregon Children’s Theatre, Corrib Theatre, Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Milagro Theatre (where they won a Drammy Award in 2015 for “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music” for ¡O Romeo!), Post5 Theatre, and Portland Actor’s Ensemble (where they won an Outdoor Shakespeare Festival Award in 2012 for “Best Sound Design” for Twelfth Night). They grew up in Portland, OR and currently reside in NYC. musicbyash.com

Tyler Andrew Jones, Assistant Director
(He/Him)

A multidisciplinary theatre artist, writer, and teacher, Tyler’s previous PCS credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, tick, tick … BOOM!, Back by Unpopular Demand, HAIR, and Hedwig & the Angry Inch. Additionally, as a playwright, his most notable works include The Marks You Leave, which was produced in part by Ronnie Lacroute and the WillaKenzie Estate at the 20th Annual International New York Fringe Festival, and has since received an Off-Broadway reading at The Cell Theatre, as well as his newest piece, Even Faster Than a Blink, which recently received its first public reading as a part of the 2022 JAW New Play Festival. Tyler is thrilled to join Marissa as her Assistant Director for Dracula, having recently directed Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You too August Wilson!) for Fuse Theatre’s BLAQ Out Festival. Tyler attended Marymount Manhattan College and Third Rail Repertory Theatre’s Mentorship Program. He is a proud member of AEA and The Dramatist Guild of America. IG:@t.andrew.jones

Kamilah Bush, Dramaturg
(She/Her)

Kamilah is a playwright and dramaturg originally from North Carolina. She currently holds the position of literary manager at Portland Center Stage in Portland, OR. Kamilah has spent several years working in celebrated regional theaters across the country, including Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC, Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, FL and Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ.

Amanda Vander Hyde, Stage Manager

A graduate of Western Oregon University with a B.F.A in technical production, Amanda is a freelance stage manager in the Portland theater scene. She works as a production and stage manager for the likes of Oregon Children’s Theatre, CoHo Productions, and Artists Repertory Theatre. This is her third season on the stage management team at Portland Center Stage, and is grateful to continue to work on impactful stories.  Along with stage managing, she is an intimacy coordinator in the Portland area, having worked on various pieces, including several productions at PCS and at Bag & Baggage. She wants to thank her partner for putting up with her late hours and constant busyness.

Dana Petersen, Assistant Stage Manager
(She/Her)

Dana is so excited to be back at Portland Center Stage for her fourth season. Previous shows at PCS include Young Americans; It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; tick, tick … BOOM!; Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Assistant Stage Manager); RENT; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Redwood; and In the Heights (Production Assistant). Dana has also worked at Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, and The Old Globe. Dana graduated from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Heath Hyun Houghton, Intimacy Coordinator
(He/Him)

An actor, writer and director. He holds a M.F.A. in creative writing with a focus in playwriting from Goddard College and a B.A. in theatre with a focus in performance from Humboldt State University. He also studied Korean dance and performance styles in Jinju, South Korea with USD Modern Dance. He is currently an Ensemble Member with Fuse Theatre Ensemble and Theatre Vertigo and a member playwright with Linestorm Playwrights. As an Intimacy Director credits with Profile Theatre (How to Make an American Son), Roots and All Theatre (Ritual Treatment), Oregon Opera Theatre (Nu Nah-Hap: Sacajawea’s Story), Shaking the Tree (Family), Fuse Ensemble (Shroom Show, The Queers, American Girl, Ronald Reagan Murdered My Mentors, Our Town), Salt and Sage (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Holy Name, Titus Andronichus, Macbeth), and consulting work with Lakewood Theatre Company and Chapel Theatre Company.

Jacquelle Davis, Fight Choreographer

Jacquelle Davis is an actress, writer, and fight/intimacy choreographer. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She studied acting at Willamette University. She loves comedy, feminine-fueled storytelling, and providing individuals with the tools for safe and empowering performances. She is beyond thrilled to be a part of this production. You may have seen her work recently in Salt and Sage’s Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet in rep and Our Dear Dead Drug Lord with Crave Theatre. When she is not teaching, she can be found on the stage. Her favorite roles include Ghost, in Stupid Ghost at Theatre Vertigo, and Catherine from A View From the Bridge with Fuse Ensemble. She would like to give a huge shout out to Kristen Mun-Van Noy; the most kind and generous fight mentor a girl could ask for!

KIMKIM (Juhee Kim), Assistant Scenic Designer

Karen Wingard, Assistant Costume Designer 

Taz Coffey, Deck Crew

Jenna Cady (They/Them), Dresser

Eva Steingrueber-Fagan, Cutter/Draper

Foggy Bell, Nikki Paulson, Stitchers

Vanessa Elsner (She/Her), Wardrobe Swing

Heather Taylor (She/Her), Costume Maintenance

Melissa Heller, Crafts Artisan

Jess Carr, Hair/Wig artisan

Roy Joshua Antonio, Asta Baker, Bennet Berkower, Taz CoffeyJesse Harkin, Abby Jacquin, Allison Knight-Blaine, Steph Landtiser, Dug Martell, Kelli McCloskey, Esther McFaden, Myke Rodriguez, Megan Thorpe, Laurel Vonderau, Electricians

Local Reviews

"[Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really is] a lively and entertaining horror production that feels unexpectedly perfect for the dark days of our holiday season." —Portland Mercury

"Dracula is full of insights about power—how to use it, and how to fight it.  It’s not typical holiday fare, but maybe it should be." —Oregon ArtsWatch

"Few Portland theater companies merge the epic and the arty like Portland Center Stage, whose productions often earn the right to be called blockbusters." —Willamette Week

"Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really delivers funny, bloody holiday counterprogramming. —The Oregonian

“(Hamill’s) adaptation of Bram Stoker’s beloved novel Dracula offers a meditation on toxic masculinity present in those fear-inducing predators who are so often labeled as sexy, interesting and captivating protagonists.” —Portland Tribune

PCS Literary Manager, Kamilah Bush, joins FOX 12 NOW to discuss Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really."

Critic Reviews

"Both terrifying and riotous, Kate Hamill’s imaginative, gender-bending “feminist revenge fantasy” is like no Dracula you’ve ever seen—exploring the nature of predators and reinventing the story as a smart, disquieting, darkly comic drama." –Actors’ Theater of Columbus

"Delivers the feminist revenge fantasy it promises with a witty, relentless, and bloody satisfying attack on the patriarchy. Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, playwright Kate Hamill turns the tables on the classic tale’s unquestioned male dominance and female victimhood with an uncompromising commitment to exposing the absurdity of gender stereotyping." –MD Theater Guide

"It outwardly ridicules the so-called “alpha male” ideology and traditional, misogynistic gender roles. It’s a chauvinist’s fever dream and the liberation movement’s wet one." –New England Theatre Geek

"Both terrifying and riotous, Kate Hamill's imaginative, gender-bending "feminist revenge fantasy" is like no Dracula you've ever seen-exploring the nature of predators and reinventing the story as a smart, disquieting, darkly comic drama." –BroadwayWorld

"Biting in every sense of the word, a powerful tale of the overpowering." –New York Theater Guide

“This is the kind of horror I could watch all day.” –Vulture

“Playwright Kate Hamill has rewritten the show as ‘a full-throated battle cry against toxic masculinity. No damsels in distress, no romanticized villains — just a gleeful stake through the heart of the patriarchy.’” –LEO Weekly

“Her adaptations shift the emphasis,” says Aguillon, “allowing the women’s voices to be heard.” –Boston Globe

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