Van Helsing knows that 1.) a vampire must return to its grave by sunlight, 2.) any consecrated items such as holy water, communion wafers, and crucifixes are poison to a vampire, and 3.) vampires despise the smell of wolfsbane.
The three men set out to find six coffins full of grave dirt the Count hid in his properties in London.
At her throat are two red pinpricks, wounds that she tries to conceal with a scarf.
A young woman named Mina who was recently housed at Dr.
was written for performance on a small to medium stage where the audience can be close to the action in order to maximize fright.
There is little to no romance and all of the special effects can be accomplished with minimal technology.Seward who runs the sanatorium down the road from Count Dracula's recently acquired castle.In the play, Van Helsing, Harker and Seward need to track down and sanctify only 6 coffins filled with grave dirt instead of the 50 in the novel. Seward's library instead of the novel’s multiple locations in London, aboard ships between Great Britain and Europe, and in castles in Transylvania.it is Lucy Seward who is the victim of Dracula's nightly feedings and who comes close to becoming a vampire herself.And it is Mina who has previously suffered from and consequently died of blood loss due to Dracula's nightly visits. Jonathan Harker is Lucy's fiancé and instead of being young British solicitor held captive by Dracula in Transylvania, he is the future son in law of Dr.After an encounter with a bizarre sanatorium patient named Renfield - a man who eats flies and worms and mice to absorb their life essence - Van Helsing examines Lucy.He concludes that Lucy is being stalked by a vampire and may eventually transform into a vampire herself if he, Dr.Most importantly, the time period of the play was updated to the 1930s to include technological advances such as the invention of the airplane that would allow Dracula to travel from Transylvania to England in one night to avoid the sun.This update accommodated the skepticism of a new generation and placed the audience in clear and present danger of a monster roaming their city in present time.They corrupt the dirt with holy water and wafers so that Count Dracula cannot use them anymore.Finally the only coffin left is the one in the castle next to the sanatorium.