Dracula, the tale of the suave Transylvanian count imagined by Bram Stoker in his groundbreaking 1897 novel that established many of the serious tropes our generation has subverted or watered-down: Stoker’s Dracula, seeking fresh blood from London spinsters, moves to the metropolitan city to feast in the night, with the vampire hunter Van Helsing hot on his shadowy trail. That’s the story Orson Welles brought to radio in 1938 in his inaugural Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast, and it’s this seminal audio adaptation of Stoker’s tale that our own Arts Radio Network will bring to life onstage. As always, the radio geeks behind the network will enlist top regional actors to enliven Welles’ crackling script, supplemented with vintage sound effects created live with unusual objects. Plenty of audience participation will heighten the thrills. Revisit the myth anew at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Broward Center (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $25. Call 954-462-0222 or visit browardcenter.org.
It’s hard to imagine a time when the vampire mythos wasn’t baked (or staked) into our national consciousness. This century has witnessed the vampire as bullied adolescent, lovesick teenager, and bayou sex fiend. When they’re not being slaughtered by Abraham Lincoln, today’s fang-bearers are usually misunderstood outcasts pining for normalcy. Not so with the original