Playwrights Kate Hamill and Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm will be behind the upcoming stage adaptions of Dracula and Frankenstein at Classic Stage Company in 2020. As previously reported, the two Gothic horror plays will run in repertory at the Off-Broadway theatre January through March 2020.
Playwright and actor Hamill, whose adaptation of Little Women is currently playing at the Cherry Lane Off-Broadway, will adapt Bram Stoker's Dracula, while Smith Prize for Political Theater and Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright Chisholm (P.Y.G) will create a new version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Both works are CSC commissions.
“Kate and Tearrance are two tremendously talented playwrights with distinct voices exhibited in both their original and adaptive works," says Artistic Director John Doyle. "Most excitingly, when they re-imagine a treasured classic, be it anything from Pride and Prejudice to Pygmalion, neither simply recreates the original—they put their personal touch on the work, making a familiar story come alive as if being newly experienced for the first time. This aesthetic is essential to reinvigorating often retold, yet beloved tales for today’s audiences and we are thrilled to have them join us at CSC next season.”
CSC's 2019–2020 season will kick off in the fall with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and round out next spring with the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical Assassins. Both productions will be helmed by Tony-winning CSC Artistic Director Doyle. For information, visit ClassicStage.org.