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‘Dracula’ comes to Theatre Northwest Oct. 30 – Nov. 9

IU Northwest’s Mark Baer to draw on recent stage combat training

Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

Theatre Northwest, the performance company of the Indiana University Northwest Department of Performing Arts, is proud to announce its fall production, “Dracula,” a play by Steven Dietz.

The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Theatre Northwest on Grant, 3660 Grant St., located one mile west of the main campus at 37th Avenue and Grant Street.

Directed by IU Northwest Assistant Professor Mark Baer with scenic design by Associate Professor Kathy Arfken, original music by Adjunct Professor of Music Peter Aglinskas, and costumes and lighting by guest Chicago professionals kClare Kmoch and Cassie Mings, respectively.  The cast and crew are made up entirely of IU Northwest students of a variety of majors and backgrounds.

Based on the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker, “Dracula” tells the story of a legendary vampire’s attempt to bring his evil hunger for blood to the bustling city of London. Count Dracula’s powers of seduction seem irresistible until he turns his gaze on the lovely Mina. This production will contain violence, blood and strong sexuality.

In addition to directing, Baer is designing and choreographing the violence for this production. The show will feature a hearty amount of blood, fangs, and hand-to-hand combat, as well as some sleight of hand and sound effects designed to keep the audience on edge.  Baer will draw on his recent training with the Society of American Fight Directors to help make the production a success.

General admission tickets are $10. Cash or check only will be accepted at the door. Reservations are accepted and are highly recommended as performances will sell out. Reserve your seats online at by calling (219) 980-6808.

About Theatre Northwest
Theatre Northwest, the performance company of the Indiana University Northwest Department of Performing Arts, is highly regarded as an affordable and accessible performance venue serving the communities of Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. The theatre also serves as a platform for the up-and-coming talent of the Department of Performing Arts, the only public theatre degree program in Northwest Indiana.

About Indiana University Northwest
As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit

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