“Dracula” comes to the Grand



In a classic story of seduction, desire, and madness, Dracula will come to life on October 4 and 5 at The Grand Oshkosh. PUSH Physical Theatre’s adaptation of this creepy classic will take the stage just in time for Halloween.

Award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre has been pushing the boundaries of conventional theatre since it was founded in Rochester, New York by husband-and-wife directors and performers, Darren and Heather Stevenson, in 2000. The company’s adaption of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, “Dracula”, combines the company’s usual “silent treatment” with traditional-dialogue driven theatre.

The story is told through Renfield’s eyes, an inmate in an insane asylum. He is the only speaking character on stage. PUSH plays everything else: all of the other characters, including Darren Stevenson as Dracula himself; all of the set pieces ­– tables, chairs, lamps; even bringing to life the impossible imaginings of tortured minds. While telling the story of Dracula, PUSH Physical Theatre displays a wide range of theatrical disciplines from acting, mime, modern dance and acrobatic partnering.  The “masters of motion theatre” will deliver a tale of gothic lust to Halloween and theatre lovers alike.

“Push Physical Theatre is like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Joseph Ferlo, director of The Grand Oshkosh. “Each performance is a multi-discipline extravaganza that’s totally unique– the kind of thing you’d expect to see at The Grand.”

While the show is rated PG-13, its appropriateness for children can be determined on an individual basis. To help parents and teachers make an informed decision, the founders of PUSH have compiled a detailed and helpful note to outline the show’s teachable moments.

PUSH Physical Theatre’s Dracula is sponsored by Komal Mehta & Brent Walker, Brenda Haines & Alex Hummel, and Will Yates & Lisa Hoger-Yates, and is part of the Alberta S. Kimball Foundation Series. The performances on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5 will begin at 7:30 P.M., and tickets start at just $25.

The Grand’s Suite Seat service, which features maximum legroom, seating, complimentary first beverage and intermission beverage service, is also available at this event. Tickets can be purchased at The Grand Oshkosh Box Office at 100 High Avenue, Oshkosh; via phone at (920) 424-2350; or online at thegrandoshkosh.org.  Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to curtain and The Grand Lounge will be open one hour prior to performance.

Any purchase through October 5 of two or more tickets to any event on The Grand Oshkosh schedule, will entitle the purchaser to two complimentary tickets to see Peter Cetera on October 6 at the Menominee Nation Arena, as part of a joint marketing event between the two presenting organizations.

The joint proposal, announced by Joseph Ferlo, Director of The Grand Oshkosh, and Greg Pierce, President of Fox Valley Pro Basketball, is designed to boost early sales for events at The Grand Oshkosh, while at the same time offering that audience a chance to be introduced to the concert experience at the new arena.

“We want to encourage people to experience the first-class concert production that we have at the arena, and what better audience to invite than the people who are already supporting arts and entertainment at The Grand?” Pierce said.

“This is a great opportunity for our patrons,” said Ferlo, “whether they are supporting The Grand’s season, the Oshkosh Community Players, Hysterical Productions, or the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. No matter what purchase they are making, they get the opportunity to see a classic rock legend like Peter Cetera as a bonus and a thank you. That’s a clear win for our supporters. We’ve come off a fabulous opening weekend and would love to keep the momentum going for our shows as well as those of our arts partners.”

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera has had two distinct and tremendously successful musical careers. A solo artist since 1986, he was previously lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for the legendary rock group “Chicago” from 1968-1986.

The offer is available through The Grand Box Office only, whether online at www.thegrandoshkosh.org , via phone at (920) 424-2350, or at the box office at 100 High Avenue.


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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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