Dracula, Prince of Darkness

Dracula, Prince of Darkness

A Musical

By

Bo Jensen, Finn Donohue, and Yuki Sakai

CAST OF CHARACTERS

DRACULA- Vampire antagonist/ anti-hero. Dresses in finery. He seems aloof in most scenes.

JONATHAN HARKER- Naïve young man who finds himself pitted against evil. His costume should change gradually throughout the play to reflect his loss of innocence, starting dressed in formal, light colors in Act 1, dark and practical by Act 3.

MINA MURRAY- Schoolmistress, the heroine of the story. Her purity and intelligence not only allow her to resist Dracula’s corrupting influence, but lead to his ultimate destruction. Her costume should start out formal and conservative in Act 1, more relaxed and playful in Act 2, and by Act 3 should return to conservative but in darker colors to represent she has not been entirely untainted by her experience.

LUCY WESTENRA- Wealthy debutante, Mina’s best friend. Her casual approach to love leads Dracula to corrupt her completely. As a human, she is bright and flirtatious. As a vampire, she is a dark and seductive predator.

LUCY’S MOTHER- Elderly and obstructionist, her interference with Van Helsing causes Lucy’s death. Her costume should reflect an unwillingness to accept new ideas: Starched, stiff, and solid colors.

VAN HELSING- A Dutch occultist. He represents the bridge between faith and mysticism which can be the only way to protect others from evil. He has no arc through the story and his costume should always be eccentric.

JOHN SEWARD- One of Lucy’s suitors, John runs an asylum which houses Renfeild. John is the one who can admit when his own knowledge has failed and seeks out the assistance of Van Helsing. John is gentle and should appear somewhat weak, especially when next to Lucy’s other suitors. His costume should always be disheveled.

LORD GODALMING- Lucy’s chosen betrothed. It should be clear that his status is the chief reason for Lucy choosing him, though he is not a man of weak character. He should always be the most ostentatiously dressed person in the room.

QUINCY MORRIS- One of Lucy’s suitors. He is brave but simple, and his costume should be stereotypical American Texan for the 1880s.

RENFIELD- A twisted, maddened servant of Dracula. He represents the depravity inherent in Dracula’s influence.

BRIDES OF DRACULA- The jailors of Jonathan Harker and the last defense Dracula has against his hunters.

INTRO

Stage entirely in darkness. Sound of a far off crash, like a battering ram striking a distant gate.

VOICE
(Far off)
Quickly now! Before night falls the Beast must die!

Sound of additional crashes.

A single candle lights, revealing Dracula sitting center stage in a luxurious Baroque chair.

VOICE
(Far off)
The monster hides itself from justice!

DRACULA
Once again, the hunters I hear.
As I have heard them all before.

VOICE
(Far off)
The nightmare must end!

DRACULA
A nightmare, yes. Minds full of fear.
A story I have heard so often before.

Sound of another crash, louder. Dracula rises as candles light across the stage, revealing a beautiful coffin and a stairwell leading to a door.

DRACULA
They are little men with little minds…

VOICE
(Far off)
We will end this!

DRACULA
…little understanding of the soul inside….

VOICE
(Far off)
As the light fades…

DRACULA
…little hope, little lives, little chance and little time…

VOICE
(Far off)
…the Beast grows stronger!

DRACULA
…little knowing what it will truly mean when they die…

A crash, the loudest yet. Sounds of splintering wood as additional voices join the first, and seem to grow closer. Dracula stands behind his coffin, hands outstretched.

DRACULA
…little knowing what greatness means
or what comfort darkness may give
little understanding what it must mean
to be unable to die, yet unable to live.

VOICE
(Growing closer)
Onward!

Dracula rises, supported by nothing visible.

DRACULA
Once again, it is always the same…

VOICE
(Booming)
The end of the Beast!

DRACULA
Once again they call my name…

The door atop the stairs bursts open, revealing silhouetted men.

VOICE
(Booming)
Dracula!

Blackout.

Act One

Scene 1

Jonathan Harker , a young solicitor, has arrived in Romania. He looks lost and uncomfortable. He tries to speak to several people before finally catching the attention of an old man.

JONATHAN
Excuse me….
Pardon me…
Miss, may I…
Sir, please…

OLD MAN
Yes?

JONATHAN
Oh, sir, yes, please, I am far from home and seek to find the man who has sent for me.

OLD MAN
Oh, it is a shame to be away from what you love. Who is it you seek?

JONATHAN
Count Dracula.

OLD MAN
Oh… It is no man you seek, then.

JONATHAN
I’m sorry?

OLD MAN
What is your name, young man?

JONATHAN
Jonathan Harker, sir. Solicitor. Here to finalize a deal for the Count.

OLD MAN
Jonathan. I am great in age, and have no children… otherwise I should never tell you what I will tell you.

JONATHAN
Oh now sir…

OLD MAN
Ssh! Have you loved ones in your home?

JONATHAN
In London? I do, sir.

OLD MAN
Then return to them.

JONATHAN
Sir?

OLD MAN
That which you love
It is all that makes you alive
Those you love
Are what make you survive…

JONATHAN
Home is where the heart is…

OLD MAN
Name to me those things you see
What it is your heart calls out for
Tell me now what can it be
Your soul can be at peace for.

JONATHAN
Mina!

OLD MAN
Tell me of her!

JONATHAN
Mina Murray!

OLD MAN
Send your song of her!

JONATHAN
Mina, oh Mina, my heart aches without you..

OLD MAN
Say!

JONATHAN
I wish that I could be right there beside you…

OLD MAN
Remember!

JONATHAN
She is the sweetest, most beautiful girl
I don’t deserve her hand, No one can have such fortune
There isn’t enough luck in the world
To make my notes match with God’s tune

OLD MAN
More!

JONATHAN
If I were successful, I would have her marry me
She deserves a man who can set her spirit free
I want to give her all she could ever see
But I must wait until I can be…

OLD MAN
Be what?

JONATHAN
More than a man, more than anyone
Has ever been
Not as much as a god, too far bygone
But more than a mortal has ever seen.

OLD MAN
Isn’t love enough?

Jonathan hesitates.

OLD MAN
You seek what she needs in a land far away
Might it not be so much closer?
Did you ever stop to see what she might say?
What she seeks in her proposer?
If you have such a love at home waiting for you
Go to her, don’t tarry, let nothing dissuade you
Return at once as fortune allows you
Not a thing is here that will prevail to
The happiness at home awaits you.

JONATHAN
You are wise old man and to you I am thankful
You remind me what it is I am here for
It cannot be regarded from another angle
I aim for success, and therefore
I seek Count Dracula
To prove my worth heretofore.

OLD MAN
Very well. I can dissuade you no further.
The thing you seek lies over yonder.
But bear this cross
(Hands Jonathan a crucifix)
And beware, the dead travel fast.

JONATHAN
Surely, this is a strange land. I yearn to return to England, where such superstitions have laid long since dead. Would that we were all so sensible.

Jonathan goes to a carriage, driven by a creature hidden in shadow. He boards the carriage.

Scene 2

Dracula’s castle. Jonathan dismounts the carriage. His luggage is carried off by the shadowy driver.

JONATHAN
Wait!

Dracula is unveiled from shadows.

DRACULA
Ah, Mister Harker.

JONATHAN
Oh, Count Dracula! Forgive me, I did not see you there.

DRACULA
So often we do not see what is before us.

JONATHAN
Ah… I suppose so. Forgive me, but my bags…

DRACULA
They will find their way, as we all do. Now please, enter. Of your own free will.

JONATHAN
(Laughs nervously)
It hardly feels free, without my possessions…

DRACULA
Surely, Mister Harker, you do not think I would let you go without all the comforts you could wish?

JONATHAN
Of course not, Count! It’s just….

DRACULA
Then…

Dracula sweeps to the side, gesturing to the doorway to his castle. Jonathan, cautiously, walks through.

Blackout.

Dinner scene. Jonathan and Dracula sit across from each other at a long table. A servant shrouded in shadow pours wine for Jonathan.

JONATHAN
Nothing for you?

DRACULA
I never drink wine.

JONATHAN
Admirable. I must say, your choices are discriminating. With regard to the purchase of your house in London…

DRACULA
Please, Mister Harker, talks of land bore me.

JONATHAN
I’m sorry…

DRACULA
What is it, Mister Harker, that makes you wish to return to London?

JONATHAN
For me, sir?

DRACULA
For you, sir.

JONATHAN
Ah ha. For me, it would be love.

DRACULA
Love of country? Love of Home?

JONATHAN
No, my dear Count. Love of my dearest.

Dracula leans in, over the table.

JONATHAN
What calls to me is the one I love
My fiancée, my beloved Mina
Calls me to serve those who dwell above
Oh Count, that you could have seen her
Oh but perhaps in a way you can
Here is a photograph close to my heart
See that face that makes a man
Find his soul elevated above even finest art.

Jonathan hands the picture to Dracula. Stage lights fade, illuminating only Dracula holding the photograph.

DRACULA
Something to live for…

JONATHAN
To strive for, to be more for…

DRACULA
…enough to kill for…

JONATHAN
…enough my soul to fill for…

DRACULA
…a soul in darkness finds its light…

JONATHAN
…allowing lovers hearts to take flight…

DRACULA
…how might anyone resist…

JONATHAN
…that is why I must persist…

DRACULA
…for what you love is there anything you would not do?

JONATHAN
…there is nothing I would not do.

Dracula holds the photograph out to the darkness. The stage lights rise again, and Jonathan takes the photo back.

DRACULA
A lovely woman, doubtless with a lovely heart.

JONATHAN
Oh how true. We hope soon to be married.

DRACULA
I suddenly find myself in need of the night air, Mister Harker.

JONATHAN
Oh… should I come along?

Dracula moves closer to the edge of the stage.

DRACULA
No. I am not easily followed. You will remain here.

Jonathan starts to protest, but is cut off by a wolf howl that seems very close.

DRACULA
The children of the night… what music they make.

Dracula exits. Jonathan looks around himself fearfully as the stage lights fade.

Scene 3

London, the home of the Westenra family. Lucy Westenra and Mina Murray stand together center stage as a stately party goes on around them. Mina’s suitors continually vie for her attention.

QUINCY
Lucy, darlin’ don’t ya know we love so much bigger in Texas?

LUCY
Oh you!

JOHN
Lucy, my love, may I tell you of my practice?

LUCY
Well I…

Lord Godalming walks past with a wink at Lucy and she becomes distracted.

LUCY
…oh my!

MINA
Behave!

LUCY
Oh Mina, what fun would that be?

QUINCY
Let me give you a house up in the hills
Where we could watch the sunset, just me and you.

LUCY
No servants?

QUINCY
Okay, maybe a few.

JOHN
Let me give you a love most kind
An honest husband with a physician’s mind.

LUCY
Any mansions intertwined?

JOHN
Ah, well, as they say, love is blind…

LORD GODALMING
Let me make you a lady, with your husband a Lord
Let me make it so there’s nothing you cannot afford

LUCY
Oh my word!

LORD GODALMING
Did it strike a chord?

LUCY
Oh Mina, how can I choose to keep just one?
There are two I have to refuse just to take one!
Mina, my trusted friend, how would you choose?
Please tell me how to see the trusted clues!

MINA
Do you feel true love for each one of these three?

LUCY
How can I know? Who can say what might be?
Is it love when your heartbeat goes to race?
Chills in the chest and a flush in the face?
Mina, you are so lucky to know your own mind.

Dracula drifts past behind the girls, watching them both.

MINA
It was only my good fortune to find…

Mina trails off, looking after Dracula.

LUCY
What?

MINA
Love.

LUCY
Yes, love! It must be, the answer I seek!

She runs to Lord Godalming.

LUCY
Arthur, it’s you I love!

They kiss.

QUINCY
Well, shoot!

JOHN
Enough to drive a man mad!

LORD GODALMING
Oh come now!
Where two have found love, surely more will be to come!

Dracula fades into the shadows.

LORD GODALMING
Though we have been rivals, I will call myself enemy to none!
Quincy old man, Doctor Seward my friend,
Permit me some way that I might make amends.

QUINCY
Well hell, it ain’t fair to stay mad at a good winner.
I have to call you friend or I ain’t much of a man.

JOHN
Fair enough, I suppose it’s the best man to win her.
Just promise to care for each other as much as you can.

The men shake hands. Mina and Lucy embrace each other.

Dracula, Prince of Darkness

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