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FOR ISE's CABARET MACABRE 2014 Featuring

DRACULA EVERMORE: DIARIES OF THE UNDEAD

Includes Full press release, short "blurb"

PLUS

Sidebar list of dates, venues, showtimes and ticket price ranges

 

Also find complete show information (Dates, times, Ticket Prices, Show Description and Cast) for ISE's Cabaret Macabre;  Dracula Evermorl Diaries of the UnDead on ISE's "The Buzz" page.  This page features background information on the show.  Just click on the Menu Bar at right.

Additonally, there is a stunning array of art and photos from this show on ISE's Fall Season Show page- again, just click on the Menu Bar at right. 

Or for further information, contact Robin Heinemann:

515 274 8989 (best reachable before 9 in the morning or after 10:30 at night)

RobinHeinemann.Pres@Gmail.com

 

FULL PRESS RELEASE:

October 10 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Robin Heinemann, Executive Producer

RobinHeinemann.Pres@Gmail.com; 515 274 8989

 

FULL PRESS RELEASE - - ALONG WITH A “SHORT BLURB” - -  IS BELOW

BULLETED SIDEBAR OF DATES AND LOCATIONS ALSO BELOW

 

REPRISED BY POPULAR DEMAND

2013 SOLD-OUT SHOW BY LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT

DRACULA EVERMORE; DIAIRIES OF THE UNDEAD

 RETURNS TO DES MOINES WITH FRESH ADDITIONS

at

The Cabaret Macabre

October – November 2

 

Halloween for the Thinking Person!

New this year: 

All-new final scenes

plus

Optional Preface to the show performed outdoors at Twilight at Cemetery Gates

 

Iowa's theatre-experience experts, The Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE), reprise by popular demand The Cabaret Macabre, featuring their original dramatic play Dracula Evermore, Diaries of the UnDead by nationally-published local playwright Lorenzo Sandoval, MFA.  As it did last year, producers expect the show to attract a number of audience members who travel to attend from all over the Midwest, including many from outside Iowa's borders. The producers also note that the play again features the original 3 leads who founded their roles last year, each of whom brings significant artistic experience gained originally from the bustling performance scenes of New York, LA or Europe.

 

The full length two-act play is an original adaptation of the classic Dracula story which utilizes significant amounts of the authentic Bram Stoker text, retaining the book's focus on the internal personal thoughts of the characters, which Stoker had provided through a novel that primarily presented the character's journal and diary entries. 

 

Performed under the artistic premises of what is known as “Found Space” theatre where the venue (not traditionally used for theatre) is allowed to inform a play just as a live character would, the show moves from venue to venue all across the suburbs and downtown visiting unusual performance spaces including private homes, historic Mansions and and former churches.   ISE Artistic Director and the show's adaptive playwright Lorenzo Sandoval notes that in Found Space theatre, his area of expertise: “Each show is shaped uniquely and interactively by the venue it is performed in, and because this requires a bit of improv as well as the enormous creativity it takes to craft a professional level performance within a non-traditional performing space, the entire run is a delicious challenge for the actors -who in notable ways also form the crew for this piece as well.  And, since these environments are so intimate, audiences typically experience this type of theatre as among their most memorable - - ISE attendees are seldom farther than 3 or 4 rows away from the actors who thus also move among the viewers in a way that energizes and transforms both space and experience for director, actors and audiences alike.” 

 

Sandoval concludes:  “ The authenticity of the text along with the exquisite subtleties of the Found Space theatre approach - -, alongside the deeply atmospheric venues together craft this show into a magnificent Halloween experience -an experience we like to note becomes 'Halloween for the Thinking Person'.” 

 

2014 audiences have their choice of four (4) different historic environments in which to see the play:  two different Victorian manses and an old church building -all which lend detailed historic touches to the play appropriate to its Victorian authorship.  Or, for a more minimalist contemporary experience that emphasizes the timeless nature of the tale, the play will also be performed as theatre-in-the-round at Fourth Street Theatre in Des Moines' Court Avenue District- a venue that provides a relaxed, coffeehouse vibe and a venue where theatre-in the-round is not typically provided.  The latter production is further distinguished by an innovative collaboration between the ISE theatre company and a local music concert promoter For The Musicians, so that each artistic form of concert and theatre cross-informs various elements of that particular show. 

 

Additionally, Gala Holiday “Hallo-wine” Performances held directly on the Halloween Holidays of Beggars Night, Halloween Night, and during the evening of Day of the Dead feature extras such as intermission Desserts and Champagne Cast Parties held after the show - - and of course, “red, red Wvyine”, Executive Producer Robin Heinemann notes in her best Transylvanian accent.  She notes her special excitement about the venue for the Gala shows: a private home in downtown Des Moines' garden district of Victorian Sherman Hill.  “Our Gala show venue is simply extraordinary”, she relates.  “This mansion was built in 1884 in true Gothic style complete with a tower - -and given that its exterior has not yet been renovated, arriving here is truly like arriving at one of those classic haunted mansions one sees in redolent Halloween imagery, silhouetted against a moon.  But once inside, audiences will suddenly be surrounded by an extensively renovated candlelit environment featuring antiques, stained glass windows and a grand staircase – all truly evocative of Dracula's castle.  These iconic chambers serve as the background in which various scenes of the show take place.” 

 

                Heinemann notes that this type of “salon style in-home theatre” is especially appropriate to the Stoker text because                 “it honors the in-home theatre performances often held in Victorian parlors at the time when the Dracula book was        written.”  She adds:  “The authenticity of our venues as well as the authenticity of the text deeply inspires our                 actors.  For example,  actor Matt Wiggins plays a remarkable Count Dracula, a truly compelling portrayal made all              the more so by Wiggin's personal financial investment in top-of-the-line fangs and in very expensive,        transformative contact lenses which turn his eyes white in some scenes.”  Heinemann points out: “On a regular             stage such magnificent details would be lost due to a stage's distancing effect between audience and actors – but                 here, audiences will be so up close and personal to the riveting action that they frequently tell us they truly came to        believe.  Between its profound examination of the deepest mysteries of good and evil, its sultry nature, and its                 delicious details, this show is just so much fun we couldn't resist bringing it back – and besides, our fans literally         insisted we do it again!”

 

A particularly unique element of the 2014 show run is a new show preface performed before the Gala shows outdoors, at twilight at the Gates of a nearby cemetery.  The piece will also be a part of the Sherman Hill Neighborhood's annual  “Halloween on the Hill” parade of decorated homes and food drive on Halloween Night.  While the scene is optional for audience members who if they choose, will start their evening with this approximately 12 minutes scene before proceeding to the main venue, producers note they expect this innovative experiential add-on to be very popular.    Gala shows also feature opportunities for audiences to experience and interact with various poems from Edgar Allen Poe. 

 

Producers sum up the Cabaret's offerings as “Halloween with the Gothic Masters Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe.  The events are part of ISE's popular “Theatre at the Great Estates” series of year-round indoor theatre shows performed in unique venues such as the Iowa Governor's Mansion, an innovative series produced in support of keeping ISE's annual free summer outdoor Shakespeare series free. Tickets range from $14 - $60 depending on what amenities and after or pre-party packages are included in the price, and are available through Midwestix.com where purchasers will find advance purchase discounts from door prices.  More at Midwestix.com or www.IowaShakespeare.org

 

“SHORT BLURB”

 

This season the Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE) offers up a new installment of its “Theatre at the Great Estates” series of full-length dramatic shows performed in non-traditional venues, with what ISE calls “Halloween for the Thinking Person - - sophisticated and sultry 'HalloWINE' events featuring delectable drama and gourmet hospitality”.  Audiences will celebrate the season with the authentic texts and poems of Gothic Masters Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe at Cabaret Macabre, a series of intimate, salon-style theatre shows and pre-show or after-parties held in Victorian Mansions and other historic venues across the Metro.  The centerpiece of the Cabaret 2014 is  Dracula Evermore, Diaries of the Undead, a two-act original play that gently adapts the original Stoker Dracula text.  Reprised with new additions and especially with a new ending scenes from last year's completely sold-out show, new this year is a limited-run optional outdoor scene performed as a show preface which unfolds outdoors at twilight in front of the gates of a local cemetery  At multiple unique venues across the Metro ranging from Gothic Victorian Mansions to an historic former Church Building, plus a minimalist contemporary venue where the show can be experienced via “theatre-in-the-round” in a co-production with local music concert producer For The Musicians (FTM).  Tickets range from $14-$60 depending on included cast parties and amenities.  The Des Moines shows open October 24 and run through Day-of-the-Dead weekend, closing Nov 2. Visit Midwestix.com, FTM or IowaShakespeare.org.

Sidebar List of Dates,

below

 

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SIDEBAR

OVERVIEW OF VENUE, DATE AND PRICE OPTIONS FOR

 

ISE's CABARET MACABRE 2014

Delectable Drama and Gourmet Treats

presenting

Dracula Evermore: Diaries of the UnDead

in choice of 4 different Gothic Mansions or other historic venues

Halloween for the Thinking Person;

Candlelit Holidays with the Gothic Masters, Costumes Welcomed

 

GROUP DISCOUNTS: Group Discounts of $5-$10 per ticket may be possible for groups of 15 or more. 

To inquire, contact ASAP: RobinHeinemann.Pres@Gmail.com.

 

OPENING WEEKEND:

(1 Venue Option)

 

VENUE: VICTORIAN RANDLEMAN HOUSE IN CARLISLE, IOWA:

245 Pennsylvania, Carlisle, Iowa

 

DATES: Friday October 17 AND Saturday, October 18

(Doors open 5:45pm for optional pre-show Scratch-cooked buffet suppers with the Characters or at 7:00 for gen admission. 7:30 Curtain.)

 

TICKETS: $25 per person for show-only dessert tickets via Midwestix.com  ($30 at the Door.) A limited number of youth tickets for ages 8-13 are available for $10 per youth. cash-donation wine bar available.

 

  • INCLUDED AMENTITIES: ALL Tickets include Intermission Treats and optional, Interactive Edgar Allan Poe during Intermission.  Cash-Donation Wine Bar available.

 

  • ADDITIONAL AMMENITY OPTIONS: COMBO VIP SEATING AND PRE-SHOW SUPPER: $60 per person for VIP (forward seating) tickets, partially tax deductible, packaged with pre-show Appetizer and Poe Party.   This package not sold through Midwestix, Contact Mary Sue Van Ryswyk to purchase at 515-321-6585 or  marysue123@hotmail.com.  

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MIDDLE WEEKEND: 

(2 different Venue options)

 

VENUE: FOURTH STREET THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN DES MOINES, Co-production with FTM Productions

212 4th Street, Des Moines, Iowa (Entrance through Java Joe's Coffeehouse)

 

DATES: Friday, October 24;  8:00 pm Curtain (Doors open 7:00 pm); AND Sunday October 26; 7:00 pm Curtain (Doors open 6:00 pm)

 

TICKETS: $14 per person through Midwest Tickets with Advance Purchase ($17 at the Door )

 

  • AMMENITY OPTIONS: Coffeehouse drinks and snacks available for purchase.

 

 

VENUE: HISTORIC CHURCH BUILDING OF ARTSCENTRAL, WAUKEE, IOWA

405 Maple Street, Waukee, Iowa

 

DATES: Saturday, October 25 7:00 pm Curtain (Doors open 6:30 pm)

 

TICKETS: $25 per person through Midwestix, or $10 for youth 8-13, INCLUDES array of Treats.  Door price is same. 

  • INCLUDED  AMMENITIES: All Tickets include Intermission “Treat table” of light Sweets and light Savory Snacks, plus hot beverages.
  • ADDITIONAL  AMMENITY OPTIONS: Cash-donation wine bar available

 

HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND CHAMPAGNE GALA HOLIDAY SHOWS:

(2 different Venue Options)

 

VENUE: THE “SECRET” HAUNTED MANSION - 1884 SCHEUERMAN HOUSE VICTORIAN ESTATE (A private residence)

1605 Woodland Avenue in Downtown Des Moines' historic Sherman Hill

 

DATES:  BEGGARS NIGHT/YP NIGHT; Thursday, October 30; HALLOWEEN NIGHT: Friday, October 31 and DAY OF THE DEAD:  Saturday, November 2. 

 

TICKETS: $30 to $60 per person through Midwestix, $5 higher at the Door; discounts for Costumes plus other discounts for YP, Seniors and Artists.

  • INCLUDED AMMENITIES: Most Tickets include a festive array of savories or a light soup supper, complementary spiced cider and  lavish Intermission Dessert Buffet, PLUS optional Interactive Edgar Allan Poe during Intermission AND a glass of complementary post-show “Champagne punch” with the Cast; also a cash-donations wine bar is available throughout the evening.

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  • CEMETERY GATES SCENE: An Optional FREE add-on for ALL Holiday Gala shows Thursday-Saturday!  A special segment (play prelude) for all Gala Show ticket holders. To attend, meet at 6:15 pm at the Cemetery Gates of historic Woodland Cemetery (4 blocks west of main venue) for this Holiday Bonus Scene (Show Preface) before proceeding to the primary venue. Approximately 12 minutes acted live, outdoors. (Standing Room only; come prepared for cold or damp. Note: Audience does NOT go INSIDE the cemetery.)

 

 

VENUE: FOURTH STREET THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN DES MOINES, Co-production with FTM Productions

212 4th Street, Des Moines (Entrance through Java Joe's Coffeehouse)

 

DATE: Sunday, November 2;  7:00 pm Curtain (Doors open 6:00 pm)

 

TICKETS: $14 per person through Midwest Tickets with Advance Purchase ($17 at the Door )

 

  • AMMENITY OPTIONS: Coffeehouse drinks and snacks available for purchase.

 

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