Visionary Original Production of “Dracula” to Appear at NDNU Theatre

Dracula postcardBelmont, Calif., October 3, 2013 — A new and original adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula,” written, directed and designed by NDNU theatre professor R. Dutch Fritz, will premiere at Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre, October 11–20. Fritz’s adaptation closely follows the original text written in the form of collected journals, diaries, letters and newspaper clippings.

Frustrated by previous versions of “Dracula” that traditionally deleted or rearranged the books characters or focused more on the vampire element than the interesting relationships between characters, Fritz set out to create a play that put the women at the forefront, and focused on the perspective of Mrs. Mina Harker. “I wanted to create a horror story that was as intelligent as it was fantastic,” said Fritz. “Dracula forces us to ask ourselves what price would any of us pay, what would we be willing to give up for the promise of immortality or unrestrained power?”

Fritz chose the “Victorian Steampunk” motif as the basis of the NDNU production design concept, due to the evolution of steam power that was driving industry during Stoker’s lifetime. The edgy, dark, mechanized style is evident in the production’s costumes, make-up and scenic elements as well as the lighting projection and sound designs.

Admission is $10. Performances are October 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., October 20 at 2 p.m., with a special showing October 17 at 10 p.m. To reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 650-508-3456 or email The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit