David Drake Brings Drakula to Alaska; "Law & Order" Appearance, Too

News   David Drake Brings Drakula to Alaska; "Law & Order" Appearance, Too Award-winning actor-playwright David Drake will bring his acclaimed solo show, Son of Drakula, to the Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage, Alaska.

Drakula, which made its N.Y.C. debut in October at New York's Dance Theatre Workshop, will play the Alaska Art House, Feb. 13-18. For those who can't make the journey, Drake will be seen on the Feb. 2 episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." The actor will portray a suspected "botox killer" on the NBC drama, which airs at 9 PM ET. Check local listings. Son of Drakula is the first one-man show from Drake since his Obie winning debut in The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. The actor portrays 30 characters in his new work, which is an autobiographical monologue about his lengthy odyssey tracing his family's bloodline into the Romanian veins of Vlad the Impaler. The quest takes Drake through an Eastern European journey where he tackles such cultural phenomena as "the endurance of Bram Stoker's creation, the familial obstacles of male intimacy, modern gay identity politics, post-Communist Eastern Europe and the wild world of vampire worship." Son of Drakula premiered in May 2002 at Baltimore's Theatre Project.

Drake captured the public's attention in his autobiographical one-man show, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, which received critical praise and an Obie Award and was subsequently turned into a feature film, which was released on DVD/video last year. A recent evening at Anthology Film Archives, "Drake's Cake: A Night of Movies Starring David Drake," boasted four shorts that Drake acted in as well as his full-length turn in "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me." The playwright-performer is an artist-in-residence at the Dance Theater Workshop, and he contributes a monthly column, "The Cabaret Beat," for the national edition of Playbill Magazine.