Playing a nosferatu has been a father-son affair for the Kinskis, right down to the make-up. Nikolai Kinski, son of actor Klaus Kinski, will play the vampire in an Off-Off-Broadway mounting of Nosferatu due at HERE May 25-June 11. It’s the same blood-sucking role Kinski’s father played in Werner Herzog’s 1979 film remake of “Nosferatu,” F. W. Murnau's 1922 classic silent movie. Kinski the younger may even resemble his famous father as the creature; they share the same vampire make-up artist, Japan's Reiko Kruk.
The Rene Migliaccio adaptation of Nosferatu, directed by Migliaccio, opens May 27 at HERE.
Nosferatu features an original score of techno, ambient and classical music by French composers Amaury Groc, Toidoi and Beru and a set design based in shadow and light and accented by the art work of Casper Friedrich and other 18th and 19th Century romantic painters.
Joining Kinski are Telluride Repertory Theatre Company members Annie Alquist, Barbara Betts, Suzan Beraza, Jeb Berrier, Bunzy Bunworth, Angela Cavins, Charles DeWinter and Lori Vincent. A 15-member movement chorus of New Yorkers will fill out the cast.
Aside from Kruk, the international design team includes France's Francois Tomsu (sets and costumes) and San Francisco's Stephanie Johnson (lighting). Tickets are $20. HERE is located at 145 Avenue of the Americas. For tickets, call (212) 647-0202. HERE is on the web at http://www.here.org.
-- By Christine Ehren