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Performance: Dr. James Doan presents 'Irish Dracula'

Published on Jan 31, 2014 by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale NSU

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In 2012 Dr. Doan wrote a play, “The Irish Dracula: A Melodrama in Five Acts,” which he workshopped at NSU last academic year. Set in London and Co. Sligo, Ireland in 1888, the play focuses on Bram Stoker and his relationship with the theatre director/Shakespearean actor Henry Irving of the Lyceum Theatre, for whom Stoker worked as business manager. The other characters in the play are loosely based on those found in the novel and constitute real people with whom Stoker interacts. Written as a melodrama, the dramatic reading at the museum will include a suite of Irish music performed by the Roaring Kelly Band. Since 1988, Dr. James Doan has taught courses in literature, the arts, folklore and mythology at Nova Southeastern University, including a course on the vampire, which he has taught for some 20 years. This year he co-edited two collections of essays on the vampire, “The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend” and “Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic,” both published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. RSVP to or (954) 262-0227.

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