Prescott Center for the Arts offers a thrilling lineup of shows this season
By Tina Boden-Blake, Development Director, Prescott Center for the Arts
Prescott Center for the Arts (PCA) brings on the SCARE and NOT this Fall. Audiences can enjoy a thrilling and rendition of Dracula in October or a thought-provoking drama in November.
Dracula, the infamous vampire from Transylvania, comes to life October 24 through November 3 on PCA’s Mainstage, directed by Jean Lippincott. This is one version you will not want to miss. Steven Dietz wrote a new stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, restoring the suspenseful seduction of the vampire as he tries to exert his will upon London residents. He is after their blood while reveling in their fright: “I want to your fear. For your fear, like a current, rushes through your body. Your fear makes your heart pound, it renders your veins rich and full. Your fear hemorrhages deliciously within in you.”
Not only will Dracula bring you a scare, but the 12th Annual Ghost Talk will provide several jolts of terror, too. The Ghost Talk Experience is an annual fundraiser for local youth art programming and scholarships at PCA. PCA is proud to bring this Prescott tradition of “haunting legends” to local audiences for a good cause.
This year Ghost Talk is more than listening to a few ghost stories; it’s also an experience. Patrons will visit seven ghosts in and around the theater on a walking tour during which they’ll listen to bone-chilling tales of the dead. Ghost Talk is a compilation of frightening stories from around Yavapai County and beyond. The accounts vary from the fictional writing of a budding creative playwright to a factual interpretation based on authentic events and people from historians. Visitors get to decide what is based on the truth and what is a creepy trick.
There will be spooky surprises, interactive encounters, and a new understanding of the fables that inspire the horror, science fiction, and thriller genres we enjoy today. Best of all, each Ghost Talk Experience tour takes place immediately before a Dracula showing, which means you can attend both. Ghost Talk tickets are only $10 and $8 (when purchased along with Dracula tickets). Tours take place on October 25, 26, and 31, and November 1 and 2 from 6-7:15 p.m.
After you enjoy a good scare during Dracula and The Ghost Talk Experience, get inspired! Come to Annapurna, directed by Catherine Miller Hahn and showing on PCA’s intimate Stage Too from November 7 to 24. Annapurna, written by Sharr White, takes place in the middle of nowhere. After twenty years apart, Emma tracks her ex-husband, Ulysses, to a trailer park for a final reckoning. What unfolds is a visceral and profound meditation on love and loss with the simplest of theatrical elements: two people in one room.
Hahn says, “It is a breathtaking story about the longevity of love and the mountains we are willing to climb to achieve it.”
The play is crisp, sometimes darkly funny, with naturalistic dialogue between two genuine characters. Leading Actress Robyn Allen, says, “The play resonates with the life struggle of love and addiction. I feel lucky to portray Emma and her struggle of reconciliation of her past.”
Come to the theater this Fall—PCA’s 50th Anniversary Season—for a few SCARES and NOT. There is something entertaining for everyone.
For more information on purchasing tickets, contact PCA at 928.445.3286 or visit www.pca-az.net.