The Dracula Files
an audio drama
Season 1 Overview
Jonathan Harker never imagined the nightmare that would engulf him when he traveled to the backwaters of Romania to complete a real estate deal with the reclusive Count Dracula. Cut off from friends, phone reception, and even basic electricity, Jonathan discovers too late that he’s walked blindly into a deathtrap. Back in San Francisco, the first signs of Dracula’s coming reign of terror begin to appear, but its residents, unaware of everything Jonathan has learned, forge unwittingly ahead towards disaster.
Season 2 Overview
Mina’s suspicions grow as Jonathan’s absence stretches. She has plenty to contend with in the meantime, however, between Mrs. Westenra’s rapidly declining health and Lucy’s increasingly strange behavior. Meanwhile, Dr. Seward’s struggle to balance his personal commitments to his friends and the peculiar case of Renfield drives him to make a call for aid to a distant friend. As the fog gathers over San Francisco, lives collide in a desperate attempt to unravel the mystery of Dracula before it’s too late.
“Found-storytelling” is a style of storytelling that pulls together written, oral or visual records that we create in the course of our day-to-day lives. They might be notes we scribble to ourselves, voicemails we leave each other, or the footage from a traffic camera. When put together, they tell a story that is greater than the sum of its individual parts.
Bram Stoker’s original novel, Dracula, was told through of a series of letters, newspaper clippings, receipts and personal journals which, when pieced together, told the chilling tale of the monster Dracula’s reign of terror on the streets of 1893 London. The Dracula Files stays true to Stoker’s vision by crafting the story you are about to hear through voicemails, Voxer messages, and personal recordings. Professional actors were cast for each of the characters of The Dracula Files. Instead of using a sound stage, these actors recorded their scenes at various real-world locations that mimic the events of story for the rough, authentic sound of a found-storytelling medium.
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Jonathan drew me because of his quiet strength. He’s in way over his head, but he always does his best and tries to make the best of every situation. He takes action in the face of abject terror, and as a working actor in LA, that’s something that resonates pretty personally with me.
I love Mina’s character because she has so many layers to tackle, which is like a playground for me. I have so much respect for her, and how she puts the people she loves the most, first in her life. She’s a fighter by nature, and I can’t wait to explore this character’s mind, as we move forward with Dracula Files.
Seward is a very rich mix of intellect, compassion, curiosity… and profound loneliness. He works so hard to appear clinical, but Renfield sees right through him. When the two converse, you’re forced to wonder which one of them is the patient.
Playing the role of Dracula is playing the role of a lifetime. I believe that the common thread with Dracula is that we all have our achilles heal. He is trapped in his world, like all of us. First and foremost, Dracula is a gentleman. His moral codes are to be abided, and whatever his needs are to survive, respect of others is foremost; no matter what the outcome.
When I started reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula I was taken aback by Lucy’s character. Kind? Loving? Genuinely sincere? Who was this woman and why has her character become so mangled in the many adaptations of Stoker’s story? We made it our mission to present Lucy in a light more in line with Stoker’s original intentions. It is our hope that the Lucy you come to know is intelligent, complex, and intensely caring for all who are close to her.
When I’m asked what famous character I would like to tackle in my acting career, I must admit Renfield would be on my short list of dream roles. My love for Dracula lore began in my early childhood when I first viewed the 1931 film version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi (still one of my favorite films of all time). I only hope now that I can bring a new spin to the tortured Renfield, as I walk respectfully in the footsteps of brilliant actor Dwight Frye.
Capt. Quincey Morris
Captain Quincey Morris is a military man who chose his destiny but may have a few regrets. He still remains human and accepts the truth behind that decision. Now for me, the most interesting thing is how he reacts to his friend marrying his ex-girl. He is happy for them because he owns the decisions he made for himself and only fears that his friend feels uncomfortable. This is what I actually love about him, he’s always taking resposibility for his actions.
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