Synetic Theater reawakens one of the most acclaimed stories in history, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, from October 13 through November 6 in National Landing. The iconic and sinister tale of Vlad the Impaler’s descent into darkness returns to the theater for a third remount. In conjunction with this production, Synetic’s spooky gala, Vampire Ball returns in a one-night only event on October 28.
The sensuous and terrifying thriller arrives just in time for Halloween. With blood-sucking temptresses and creeping mists sure to send a chill up your spine, Stoker’s classic 1897 tale rises again. Dracula, the legend that inspired an entire genre of literature and film, explores the universal theme of good versus evil. As a bloodthirsty vampire terrorizes the countryside, an unlikely group fights to defend their home. Director Paata Tsikurishvili’s vision comes to life in this dark and menacing piece.
Oct 13 – Nov 6
Recognized worldwide, Stoker’s Dracula has stood the test of time in countless renditions. Synetic’s bold adaptation has been hailed “fevered” and “envelopingly erotic” by The Washington Times and praised as “original, engrossing… and frightening” by audiences. Marking its third remount, the production first premiered at Rosslyn Spectrum Theater in 2005 and returned in 2009. After lying dormant for 13 years, Synetic’s Dracula comes back to life this fall.
Familiar names flood the cast list for this American gothic horror story. Dan Istrate–a Romanian-American actor born near Transylvania–reprises his 2009 role as the notorious Count Dracula. Company members Philip Fletcher and Irakli Kadsadve retake Synetic’s stage as Holmwood and Renfield alongside a number of Synetic first timers. The updated production will once again feature Irina Tsikurishvili’s dazzling choreography critics have referred to as “lush” and “delightfully stimulating.” Complete casting and creative crediting are below.
On October 28, for one night only, Synetic fans can experience DC’s favorite Halloween-themed dance party, Vampire Ball. The festivities start with a performance of Dracula followed by an indoor/outdoor celebration with themed drinks, food, physical theater and more. All proceeds benefit Synetic Theater’s arts and education programs.
Oct 13 – Nov 6
Dracula played by Dan Istrate
Jonathan played by Jacob Thompson
Van Helsing played by Renata Loman
Mina played by Nutsa Tediashvili
Lucy played by Rachel Small
Holmwood played by Philip Fletcher
Renfield played by Irakli Kadsadve
Dr. Seward played by Pablo Guillen
Quincey played by Justin Bell
Captain played by Lev Belolipetski
Villager played by Rodin Ruiz
Dracula’s Wife played by Maryam Najafzada
Dracula’s Wife played by Irene Hamilton
Dracula’s Wife played by Ana Tsikurishvili
Understudies played by Katherine DuBois, Nate Weinberger, Josh Cole Lucas, and Kaitlyn Shifflett
Paata Tsikurishvili | Director
Irina Tsikurishvili | Choreographer
Vato Tsikurishvili | Fight Choreographer
Silas Sandifer | Stage Manager
Koki Lortkipanidze | Resident Composer
Phil Charlwood | Technical Director
JJ Nichols | Sound Engineer
Kendra Rai | Costume Designer
Ian Claar | Lighting Designer
Brian Allard | Associate Lighting Designer
Alex Keen | Master Electrician
Phil Charlwood | Scenic Designer (Remount)
Aleksandr Shirlaev | Props Master