We received a call in the office from a very interested high school teacher with a lot of questions about the production. She was interested in bringing her students to one of the public performances. One of the long-standing contacts for GLTF's School Residency Program, she called Lisa and she immediately handed the phone over to me. Yes, she's read the blurb, but it doesn't explain what the show is. What to expect. What will they see?
This is a teacher's job, to find out answers. For things to be clear. I respect that.
I began by explaining the origins of the piece, the original idea, to tell the story of the two-hundred year history of vampire literature. Four short plays inspired by four pivotal pieces of vampire lit.
She asked if that meant they would each be brief versions of these stories. No! They are all original, they follow the tale of one vampire - named Aubrey Porlock - though each is in a different style, representations of each of these stories.
Will it be confusing to the audience. No! We have a narrator ... as in the novel Dracula - which is made up entirely of "source" material, diaries, letters, newspaper articles, all first-person accounts - the narrator seeks to uncover the mystery by sharing such antique documents with the audience, and explain just where and when we are.
It all became very clear and we are working with this educator to find out how to bring her students to a show, to make sure they arrive at a venue where they are guaranteed of a seat.
Speaking of those "source materials," we had a great surprise this week. As the story winds on, these media become more technologically advanced, from hand-written letters and journals to newspapers and cassette-tape recordings to blogs ... and one radio broadcast. I cannot say who is featured iin the broadcast. But I can say it will sound very professional.