2014 Season

Dracula Inquest

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Written by Gary Graves
Directed by Jan Zvaifler
Produced in: 2014

World Premiere #44

Dracula Inquest brings Bram Stoker’s iconic tale of horror to life, and promises to scare the hell out of you!

“I sometimes think we must be all mad and that we shall wake to sanity in strait-waistcoats.” ―Bram Stoker

The year is 1895. Detective Avery Sly from Scotland Yard arrives in the bowels of an eerie asylum for the criminally insane. He has come to interrogate four inmates about the disappearance of a mysterious nobleman from Transylvania.

As the inquest unfolds, some very unsettling questions begin to emerge: was Count Dracula really a demonic vampire, as the inmates claim? Or was he, in fact, the innocent victim of a bizarre and ritualistic murder conspiracy?




A Central Works Method Play developed in collaboration with Joe Estlack, John Flanagan, Vanessa Ramos, Gregory Scharpen, Megan Trout,  Joshua Schell, Kenny Toll & Jan Zvaifler.

This play is available for licensing! Please contact us for details.

Joe Estlack: Professor Van Helsing
John Flanagan (member AEA): Detective Sly
Josh Schell: Jonathan Harker
Kenny Toll: Dr. Seward
Megan Trout: Mina Harker


Costumes: Tammy Berlin
Lights: Gary Graves
Sound: Gregory Scharpen
Props: Debbie Shelley
Stage manager: Vanessa Ramos

Professor Van Helsing and his intrepid team of
vampire hunters, now all inmates of the
Whitby Asylum for the Criminally Insane
and under investigation regarding
the disappearance of a mysterious
nobleman from Transylvania.

(l to r): Kenny Toll, Joe Estlack, Joshua Schell & Megan Trout

Photo by Jim Norrena

Detective Avery Sly of Scotland Yard (John Flanagan*, r)
interrogates Dr. Seward (Kenny Toll, l).

*member AEA

Photo by Jim Norrena

Joshua Schell as Jonathan Harker.

Photo by Jim Norrena

Jonathan Harker (Joshua Schell) with his estranged wife (Megan Trout).

Photo by Jim Norrena

“A horrifically intense theatrical event that is all too rare.” – G. Heymont, My Cultural Landscape

“Gary Graves’ Dracula Inquest is a highly entertaining, blood curdling fright fest” – C. Kruger, TheatreStorm

“Magnetizing performances render Dracula Inquest wonderfully horrific” – Melanie Jimenez, The Daily Californian

“The world premiere of Dracula Inquest continues the spunky theater company’s fine tradition of creating and presenting original, collaborative works.” – Lou Fancher, SF Weekly

Six Stars****** “The Play is Shockingly immodest and gorgeously grand. Very evocative – fascinating characters – Compelling and Powerful – Tense and Nail Biting – Unbearably Tense!” – Lee Hartgrave, BeyondChron.com

“…a masterpiece of terror.” -J. McMullen, Examiner.com

“An intense play with brilliant dialogue” – R. Connema, Talkin’ Broadway

Watch the trailer!

Dracula's Castle

Bran Castle (Dracula’s castle) in Transylvania

Read the original Dracula by Bram Stoker.

History Channel documentary, The Real Count Dracula.